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

Parks & Forests
National Park Service
Mount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
Washington State Parks
Olympic National Forest
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Natl. Forest

Organizations & Agencies
USDA Forest Service
Washington Trails Association
The Mountaineers
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
Tread Lightly
Nature of the Northwest
Issaquah Alps Trails Club

National Weather Service, Seattle
Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center

Ski Washington
Snokarver (snowboarding)
Go Ski
holes and hot springs

U.S. Forest Service passes & permits

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