Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Self-Issue Permits

Required for all visitors that enter all Willamette National Forest wilderness areas not affected by use limits. A permit is necessary for each group entering the wilderness. Self-issue permits are free and available at all wilderness trailheads. These permits assist in search and rescue operations and help us track trends in visitor use.

Wilderness Limited Entry Permits

Required for overnight and day visits to the Obsidian Area in the Three Sisters Wilderness and the Pamelia Area in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

Advance reservations of Limited Entry Area permits are available at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Most permits for weekends and holidays are reserved well in advance. If quota space is available, visitors can pick up a day-of permit on the day a trip begins at the Detroit Ranger Station (for Pamelia Area) and McKenzie Ranger Station (for Obsidian Area). Day-of permits are also available at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Pamelia Limited Entry Area Permits

Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permits

Why limit entry to the Pamelia and Obsidian areas?

These areas are two popular destinations for visitors to the Mt. Jefferson and Three Sisters Wildernesses. The beauty of and easy access to these two popular alpine destinations has resulted in severe overcrowding which threatens both the quiet and solitude of the primitive wilderness experience and the health of the landscape. Limited Entry Permits help keep the number of people you meet on the trail at an acceptable level, minimizing resource damage and enhancing your sense of solitude. By limiting access to these areas, we can preserve the qualities that people love the most about them, both for now and for future generations.