Passes & Permits

backpackers on a trail in Pacific Northwest where permits may be required.

Permits are required for camping within Glacier National Park, North Cascades National Park Complex, and Olympic National Park. *

*Entrance fees may be required for National Parks.

Interagency Annual Pass

Recreation passes or fees may be needed for some Forest Service and Washington State Parks trailheads and recreation sites.

 

Need help planning your trip? 

Contact Pacific Northwest Trail Association for help planning a trip on the Pacific Northwest Trail, including how to obtain permits for these areas.

 

National Forests & Parks along the Pacific Northwest Trail (East to West):

 

View of Glacier National park

Glacier National Park (Montana):

Backcountry Use Permit is required for all backcountry overnight stays.

Upper and Middle Chain Lakes as seen from trail to Lake Mountain, Flathead National Forest.

Flathead National Forest (Montana):

Check with the nearest district office for local pass and permit information.

Kootenai National Forest along the PNT

Kootenai National Forest (Montana & Idaho):

Check with the nearest district office for local pass and permit information. Special regulations may apply in Ten Lakes Scenic Area.    

 
View from Canuck Pass on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.jpg

Idaho Panhandle National Forests (Idaho):

Check with the nearest district office for local pass and permit information.

 
Pacific Northwest Trail, Colville National Forest

Colville National Forest (Washington):

Check with the nearest district office for local pass and permit information. Route travels through Salmo-Priest Wilderness

 

The Okanogan River valley from the Pacific Northwest Trail in Whistler Canyon.jpg

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (Washington):

There are some sites on this forest that require that proof of day use fee payment or recreation pass be displayed on all vehicles at the site or trailhead.

 Route travels through Pasayten Wilderness.

 

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park (Washington):

Check with the nearest Park office for local pass and permit information. A Backcountry Permit is required for all backcountry overnight stays.

Route travels through Stephen Mather Wilderness.

 

Pacific Northwest Trail in Mt Baker area

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (Washington):

There are some sites on this forest that require that proof of day use fee payment or recreation pass be displayed on all vehicles at the site or trailhead.

Route passes through Mt. Baker Wilderness.

 

View in Buckhorn Wilderness in Olympic National Forest

Olympic National Forest (Washington):

There are some sites on this forest that require that proof of day use fee payment or recreation pass be displayed on all vehicles at the site or trailhead.

Route travels through Buckhorn Wilderness.

 
Olympic National Park along Pacific Northwest Trail

Olympic National Park (Washington)

Check with the nearest Park office for local pass and permit information. Wilderness Camping Permits are required for overnight camping.

 

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/pnt/passes-permits