There is a ton of info out there regarding permit acquisition. As it turns out, we need four permits for our hike:
LONG DISTANCE PERMIT - If you end up hiking 500 miles or more, you will need to obtain an LDP. Permits are issued through the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Permits are usually made available late January to early February. This year permit applications opened on January 24th at 10:30 a.m. PST. The website crashed the moment the applications became available and functioned extremely poorly for the first hour... Within two hours all of the permits for April were applied for. The PCTA will begin issuing permits on February 15th.
There are 50 permits available per day total. 35 applications were accepted on January 24th, and 15 more will become available on February 13th.
MOUNT WHITNEY PERMIT - Durring the application process you will be asked if you would like to purchase a Inyo National Forest Permit which will allow you to hike Mount Whitney. The permit costs $21 and is non-refundable. The hike up Whitney is a beast and will add roughly two days to your trip, but it's well worth it. Pay the $21 dollars and see how you feel when you get to Crabtree.
Long Distance Permits Application HERE
CANADIAN BORDER PERMIT - This permit allows you to cross into canada via Manning Park. The PCTA recommends applying for this permit no more than three months from your start date, but no less than two weeks. We will be applying for it in the middle of February.
Canadian Border Permit Application Here
CALIFORNIAL CAMPFIRE PERMIT - This permit is uber easy to obtain... All you have to do is take a quick online class on fire safelty and comit to adhearing to all restrictions and reguilations in effect.
California Campfire Permit Application HERE
All of these permits must be carried with you at all times. Obviously you can burn the Campfire Permit once you've made it out of the state.