Central Cascades Wilderness Permit - Day Use

Deschutes National Forest

Central Cascades Wilderness Permits will go on sale on April 6th at 7:00am for the 2021 season May 28th - September 24th.  

There are three types of permits available for visiting the Central Cascades wilderness areas of Oregon:

Additional details can be found on our webpage: USFS Central Cascades Wilderness Permits

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 restroom 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.

Central Cascades Wilderness Permits will go on sale on April 6th at 7:00am for the 2021 season May 28th - September 24th.  

There are three types of permits available for visiting the Central Cascades wilderness areas of Oregon:

Additional details can be found on our webpage: USFS Central Cascades Wilderness Permits

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 restroom 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.

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Advance reservation day permits will be available on Tuesday April 6th, 2021 at 7:00am PST. First come, first serve day permits will be open starting 7 days prior to the permit season running Friday May 28th through September 24th 2021.

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Reservation fee is nonrefundable. See Facility Rates for fees.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

63095 Deschutes Market Road Bend OR 97701

Phone Number

541-383-5300

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