There are three types of permits available for visiting the Central Cascades wilderness areas of Oregon:
The Central Cascades wilderness areas of Oregon are home to iconic mountain peaks, high alpine meadows and lakes, and old growth forests. Crystal clear streams, wildflower meadows, rugged mountain views, young lava flows, and much more can be found in the Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas
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. Cross-country travel skills are necessary to access many of the high lakes and mountain peaks.
Easily accessed by population centers in central and western Oregon, while drawing visitors from around the world, the wilderness permit system was established to ensure the protection of these landscapes now and into the future.
There are no facilities within these wilderness areas. Visitors must practice "Leave No Trace" skills, including properly disposing of human and pet waste and carrying out all trash. Depending on the trailhead used for entry, facilities may include parking, bathrooms, picnic tables, stock hitching posts and wilderness and interpretive information about the area.
Due to the Lionshead Fire, much of the northern portion of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness is closed indefinitely. Trailheads within the closure area are not available for permit reservations. Go to the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit website for more information and maps.
A rockslide on Forest Service Road 19 (Aufderheide Drive) has blocked the road near Cougar Reservoir indefinitely. Wilderness trailheads to the south of here can only be accessed via the Westfir side of FS 19/Aufderheide Drive. For more information click here: Alert! Rockslide Blocking Forest Road 19 .
A Central Cascades Wilderness Overnight Permit allows the permit holder and their group to travel in these wilderness areas for overnight trips. Overnight permits are required for all overnight visitors to the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wildernesses between the Friday of Memorial Day weekend until the last Friday in September.
Permits reserved on this page are available for reservations starting on the first Tuesday in April and include approximately 40% of available quota space each day, at each trailhead.
Permits reserved through Central Cascades Wilderness Overnight Permits - 7 Days in Advance are available 7 days prior to the start of a trip and include approximately 60% of the quota space available each day, at each trailhead.
The permit holder must have a copy of the permit with them during their visit.
Overnight permits are required for all overnight use of the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters wilderness areas starting the Friday before Memorial Day through the last Friday of September. See below for limited exceptions.
Day use permits are required for day use at 19 trailheads that access Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters wilderness areas starting the Friday before Memorial Day through the last Friday of September.
The trip leader or alternate trip leader must carry the permit on the trip.
Some trailheads may not be accessible to vehicles until mid/late-June, including McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242) and the Cascade Lakes Highway. Go to www.TripCheck.com for the latest information. Broken Top and Crater Ditch trailheads may not be accessible by vehicle until late July/early August.
Campfires are not allowed above 5,700’ elevation and at additional lower elevation destinations. See map (link to map).
Hikers and equestrians should obtain a detailed map of the area before planning a trip, and inquire in advance about trail conditions, particularly early in the season.
Visitors must practice "Leave No Trace" skills, including properly disposing of human and pet waste and carrying out all trash.
Exceptions to the permit requirement:
If you're not able to use your permit, please cancel your permit so others may use your quota space.
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