Wilderness

lWilderness lake.A designated Wilderness area is where nature is untrammeled and humans are the visitors. Through federal and state laws, 834,000 acres, about half of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is designated as Wilderness established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. A wide variety of plants and animals can be found in these areas. You will find that each Wilderness area provides a unique and primitive experience.

Please review regulations and permit information associated with Wilderness areas and always use Leave No Trace techniques to help keep these areas wild, clean, and pristine.

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Know Before You Go!

Wilderness Regulations

  • The goal of wilderness management is to provide a pristine environment. Visitors can help preserve this unique landscape by careful planning and following the regulations. Each Wilderness may have additional rules and requirements specific to that area. 

Wilderness Permits

  • Day-use visitors to many Wilderness areas may need to fill-out a free, self-issue permit at ranger stations and trailheads. Carry a copy of the permit with you and deposit a portion in the box at the trailhead.
  • Overnight visitors to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Enchantment Lakes area in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest June 15 - Oct. 15 must obtain an overnight Wilderness permit for the area's five separate permit zones: Core Enchantment, Snow Lake, Colchuck Lake, Stuart Lake and Eightmile/Caroline areas. 

Recreation Passes

Tips for Safe Wilderness Travel

  • Wilderness travelers can take precautions to reduce the chance of backcountry emergencies. Have proper equipment, bring the 10 essentials, tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Weather can change suddenly in the mountain environment. Pack accordingly to avoid hypothermia or heat-related illnesses. Treat all water with a filter, iodine or by boiling for 10 minutes.


Related Links

Highlights

  • Wilderness.net OffSite Link

    This link will take you to the Wilderness.net—a Web site jointly managed by the University of Montana and the four federal agencies that manage wilderness.