Because of increased use of the Northwest's backcountry, many national parks and forests now use permits and quotas to limit entry into wilderness areas. Also, most require campers to use designated sites. Some especially heavily used areas now use a reservation system for overnight stays and most areas request trailhead registration and some require backcountry permits for day or overnight use.
Permits may be obtained at ranger stations and information centers. Check for the most current information before heading out.
Many of the national forest campgrounds are first-come, first-served, but reservations are available at some by calling 800-280-CAMP.
Recreation and outdoors links
Organizations & Agencies
USDA Forest Service
Washington Trails Association
Leave No Trace
Pacific Crest Trail Association
King County Parks & Recreation
Guide to Outdoor Recreation and Active Travel
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club
Nature of the Northwest
Issaquah Alps Trails Club
U.S. Forest Service passes & permits