North Cascades National Park sets to make a grand debut in backcountry permit reservation system from March 15 this year. In an announcement authorities said the increased numbers of tourists has made it hard to get first-come, initial serve permits in some of the areas in the region.
For $20, guests can obtain booking for Ross Lake, Diablo Lake, Copper Ridge, Cascade Pass, Stehekin and climbing ranges around Mount Shuksan, Forbidden Peak, Sharkfin Tower, Eldorado and Mount Triumph.Reservations can be submitted March 15 to May 15 for trips planned for May 15-Sept. 30. If you plan to visit before May you must submit your reservation at least 7 days before start of the trip.
60% of accessible backcountry destinations will be available for reservation. The rest of be kept for no-charge, first-come, first service basis. However, Walk-Up permit in person is needed for visiting nor-reserved areas. These permits are available at Park visitor or information centre.
The new reservation system gives priority to stock gatherings in regions with stock camps. Deerlick stock camp, Big Beaver stock camp, Hidden Hand stock camp. Devil Creek stock camp, US Cabin stock camp, and Lightening Creek stock camps can be reserved through this new system.
Before start of the tour advance reservation must be converted to back-country permit. You can pick reservations at park stations closest to place of entry. Further you must pick it by 11 AM on trip date otherwise the reservation would be cancelled and made available to other visitors.
How to submit a reservation request?
The link to the reservation will be available from March 15 by 9 AM. In the meantime, you can preview the reservation form here, and also a list of reservable camps and reservation capacities here. Reservation request will by accepted through Pay.Govt link.
Reservation requested from March 15 and March 31 will be done through a lottery processing to determine the orders rather than first come first serve basis. Thus you don’t have to worry and rush for reservation on first day itself. Your visit will be scheduled by park rangers in accordance with outcomes of the lottery. Reservations requests made between April 1 to May 15 will be processed in the order which they are received.
You can change your trip plan by requesting the authority but there will be no refund if you cancel your trip. However, it would be proper to intimate the authorities in case you can’t go for the tour so that other visitors can be accommodated. For technical difficulties with Pay-Gov you can contact 800-624-1373 for assistance.