Kim McCarrel has been an avid trail rider for more years than she likes to admit, and has ridden the horse trails all over Oregon and SW Washington. Her books are must-haves for Pacific Northwest trail riders. They include “Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails,” “Riding Northwest Oregon Horse Trails,” “Riding Southern Oregon Horse Trails,” “Riding Southwest Washington Horse Trails,” and “Riding the Metolius-Windigo Trail.”
Central Cascades Wilderness Permits for day use have a reservation fee of $1 per person per trip. You can get permits for your riding buddies at the same time you get your own.
Limited-Entry Permits for overnight use have a reservation fee of $6 per group per trip. You’ll need to state how many people and horses are in your group. The group pass will cover all of you.
These fees are paid to Recreation.gov, the privately-operated website that all Federal agencies use for reservations and permits. None of the permit fees go to the Forest Service.
For day rides, nearly half of the permits are available 10 days before your ride. The remainder are available 2 days before your ride. Permits are available at www.recreation.gov.