Pamelia Limited Entry Area

Willamette National Forest

ATTENTION: Pamelia Limited Entry Permits are no longer available. 

Visitors to the Pamelia area must now get a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit. See links below:

Central Cascades Wilderness Overnight Permits - Full Season 

Central Cascades Wilderness Overnight Permits - 7 Days in Advance 

Central Cascades Wilderness - Day Use 

This unique landscape encompasses crystal clear streams, wildflower meadows, and rugged mountain views. This area sits on the western flank of Mount Jefferson (10,497 feet), and is a popular access route for climbers. Part of this trail area was burned in the 2006 Puzzle Fire. The fire changed the area dramatically and hazards remain. 

The area contains a number of lakes, streams and springs. Hiking along the Hunts Creek Trail and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail offers stunning views of the Cascade Crest and Mount Jefferson. Cross-country travel skills are necessary to access the high lakes and mountain peaks. 

Backpacking, day hiking, mountaineering and horseback riding are the most common forms of recreation in the area during the short summer season, after snow has receded. Opportunities for nature photography also abound. 


Facilities at the trailhead include parking, bathrooms, picnic tables, and wilderness and interpretive information about the area. 


Access to the Pamelia Limited Entry Area begins at the Pamelia Trailhead, located just off Highway 22. The Pamelia Lake Trail #3439 climbs approximately 800 feet in elevation, at which point it intersects the Hunts Creek Trail #3440 which then goes north and south. Both ends of the trail connect to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, providing a popular 13.5-mile, day-long loop for hiking or riding. Stunning views of Mount Jefferson are offered from Grizzly Peak (5,799 feet), the location of a historic fire lookout that has since been removed. Visitors should obtain a detailed map of the area before planning a trip, and inquire in advance about trail conditions, particularly early in the season.

Notifications and Alerts

Permit & Season Information

The Pamelia Limited Entry Area permit no longer is required; all visitors must now obtain a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for trips in the Pamelia area.

Need to Know

Fee Policy

The only fee for the permit is the reservation fee.

A valid Recreation Pass is required if using the Pamelia Lake Trailhead.

Cancellation Policy

Until the permit is printed, changes to the group size are allowed with no additional fees, as long as it remains within the allowed size for that permit type. The group size for small group permits must be between 1-8 people; the group size for large group permits must be between 9-12 people.

Changes to the entry date, or changing the permit type, will require you to cancel your current reservation and reserve the desired date if available. A new reservation fee will be applied.

The $10.00 processing fee is non-refundable, in the case of cancellation.

If you are unable to use your reservation, please cancel it so others may have the opportunity to obtain a permit.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

44125 North Santiam Highway SE Detroit OR 97342

Phone Number


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