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Published on May 27, 2021

12 things to know about Wilderness Permits in the Central Cascades

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It’s no secret some of the Central Cascades’ most beloved hiking trails have seen surges in popularity, with some feeling a 300-500% increase in use. To help protect these wild places, the Forest Service is implementing a new Wilderness Permit program to give high-traffic trails a chance to heal.

While you can still hike your old faves like Tam MacArther Rim or Sisters Mirror Lakes, it’ll take a bit more planning beginning April 2021. Read on to learn all you need to know about the new Central Cascades Wilderness Permits system.

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