Northwest Forest Pass offers online purchase option for day pass

Staff reportApril 27, 2014 

Hiking Before leaving home, hikers can now purchase and print a day pass for trailheads where a Northwest Forest Pass is needed.

The new ePass is a convenient option, especially for those spur-of-the-moment hikes on trails in national forests across Washington.

All Forest Service trailheads in Washington and Oregon with developed facilities, such as restrooms and trash cans that need to be serviced, picnic tables, etc., require a Northwest Forest Pass. This includes most trailheads in the Cascades and Olympics, according to a Washington Trails Association news release.

To purchase the pass online, you will need your vehicle’s license plate number and the date you plan to hike. The form also will ask what forest you are hiking in, but you can change your mind about where you plan to hike after you print it. For it to be valid, you must print the pass within two days of purchasing it.

Just be sure to display the pass when you park at the trailhead. The pass is valid until midnight of the date printed on the pass.

Right now, the ePass option only applies for $5 single-day passes, not annual passes.

Fees collected by the Northwest Forest Pass support basic services that keep trails clear and safe to hike, including trail maintenance, rangers, trailhead security, and restroom and trash upkeep.

For more information, call the Outdoor Recreation Information Center toll-free at 800-270-7504.

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