Over the last several years, Yosemite National Park has noted a significant increase in demand for permits to hike the John Muir Trail (JMT). From 2011 to 2015, there has been a 100% increase in JMT permits requested. The trail’s rising popularity has strained the traditional methods that hikers use to access the JMT. The increased number of JMT hikers has made it difficult for non-JMT hikers to get wilderness permits for other trails within Yosemite National Park.
— National Park Service
The Pacific Crest Trail Association announced on Wednesday a new permitting system that will limit to 50 the number of long-distance hikers heading north each day from San Diego County...Haskel says since the movie came out in December, website traffic is up 300 percent.
— Rich Landers (Outdoors Blog)
Overwhelmed by a surge in requests for backpacking permits on its Wonderland Trail, Mount Rainier National Park has had to stop accepting reservations for the summer hiking season.
— Seattle Times
Due to high demand, approximately 90% to 95% of all John Muir Trail through-hike permit applications are denied.
— National Park Service