The Ebbetts Pass corridor passes through the Stanislaus National Forest on the west slope and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on the east. Each national forest then is subdivided into ranger districts. On the west side of the pass is the Calaveras Ranger District while on the east side is the Carson Ranger District.
5519 Highway 4, Hathaway Pines, CA 95233
Summer Hours: (May - October) M-F: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sat: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Winter Hours: (November - April) M-F: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Sat: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Stanislaus National Forest
Campfire Permits and Wilderness Permits are available here.
The Three Forests interpretive Association sells interpretive books, forest maps and visitor materials at Stanislaus National Forest offices. Selections include trail guides, natural history and nature guides, and books on local history.
Among the maps they sell are
Alpine Ranger Station
The Forest Service maintains tiny Alpine Ranger Station along Highway 4 between Bear Valley and Lake Alpine. The office is open seasonally. It is the starting point for interpretive hikes offered in the summer at Lake Alpine.
The Stansialus National Forest offices issue permits for a variety of activities in the forest. Most people are familiar with campfire permits and firewood cutting permits, but there are also some lesser known permits.
Wilderness Permits are required for overnight viisits to wilderness areas such as Emigrant and Carson-Iceberg from April 1 through November 30. One permit for each group of no more than 15 is needed. Stock is limited to 25 head. In the Mokelumne Wilderness the limits are 12 persons and 12 head of stock. Day hikers do not need permits, but the group limits still apply.
Permits allow for the free collection of up to 5 pounds of mushrooms. Mushrooms must be cut in half length-wise during harvest. The mushrooms collected under this permit are for personal use only and may not be sold.
A commercial permit is $4 per pound up to a limit of $300 (or 75 pounds).
1536 South Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Carson Ranger District offers a large selection of books and maps for purchase. They carry over 50 different Forest Service, Wilderness, USGS 7.5 Topographic and Recreational maps. There is also an excellent selection of guide books available on such topics as hiking, fishing, off-highway routes, ghost town exploration, birds, plants, flowers, trees, geology and local history. The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association supplies all the products sold at the Carson Ranger District.
Highway 395, ½ mile south of Bridgeport, CA
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - winter Monday through Friday ; summer, seven days a week