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North Cascades to unveil backcountry permit system

Brian Devereux of Milton takes a break near the end of his 60-mile paddle on Ross Lake, a resevoir in the North Cascades.
Brian Devereux of Milton takes a break near the end of his 60-mile paddle on Ross Lake, a resevoir in the North Cascades. Staff file

North Cascades National Park plans to debut a backcountry permit reservation system March 15.

In a statement released Friday morning, park officials said increased visitation has made it difficult to obtain first-come, first-served permits in some areas.

For $20, visitors can place a reservation for Ross Lake, Diablo Lake, Copper Ridge, Cascade Pass, Stehekin and climbing areas around Mount Shuksan, Forbidden Peak, Sharkfin Tower, Eldorado and Mount Triumph. Reservations can be submitted March 15-May15 for trips planned for May 15-Sept. 30.

Sixty percent of available backcountry sites will be available for reservation. The remainder will be kept for no-fee, first-come, first served use.

The new reservation system will give priorities to stock parties in areas with stock camps. For more information on the reservation system, visit bit.ly/2lst1rh.

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