Permits & Passes

Chinook Pass Trailhead Permit

National Forest Parking Fees

In the Pacific Northwest, particularly Washington and Oregon, hiking trails and trailheads are well-maintained. Those that feature the facilities that make us feel just a bit more civilized, sucha as a picnic table or toilet, require users to pay a modest fee. Many trailheads in the Cascade and Olympic mountains are included. For a full list of sites, click here.

National Forest Recreation Day Pass: $5/automobile. With this pass, you can park at trailheads for one day. The pass may be purchased at National Forest offices and visitor centers, as well as many private vendors or online sites. You can now buy a day pass online and print it on your home computer.

Northwest Forest Pass: $30. This pass is good for one year and works at all all Forest Service day-use or entrance fee sites in Washington and Oregon. The pass may be purchased at National Forest offices and visitor centers, as well as many private vendors or online sites.

America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass: $80. Want access to all national park and other federal sites that charge a fee (yes, Forest Service sites too)? This yearly pass may be bought at at a National Forest office or online.

Interagency Senior Pass: $10. By far this is the best deal. It is a pass good for lifetime, available only to those 62 years old and older. It is usable at any federal site in the country that charges entrance fees. The Senior Pass allows the pass holder, plus up to 5 people per automobile to enter. Read all the details here.

Mount Rainier National Park Fees

Entrance fee:  $15 fee for any noncommercial, private vehicle with a capacity of 15 seats or less. Or pay $5 for each person 16 and older that enters via bicycle, motorcycle, horseback, on foot, or for individuals traveling together as a non-commercial, organized group. Permit is good for 7-day entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. Good for seven consecutive days. Can’t purchase online.

Annual pass: $30. Good for entrance for the card holder and any passengers for one year to  Mount Rainier National Park.

America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass: $80.  See above 🙂

Interagency Senior Pass: $10. Yeah, same as the Interagency Senior Pass described above.

Annual Pass – Military: Free. A nice salute to all active military personnel and their dependents, this pass gets military families in free. Details.

Interagency Access Pass: Free. People with disabilities may be eligible for a lifetime pass that is honored nationwide. Admits pass owner and accompanying passengers in private car. Read the details on this one.


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