In partnership with the United States Forest Services (USFS) Deschutes National Forest, Deschutes Public Library (DPL) is offering a Library Wilderness Pass to be used for the wilderness areas and trails that now require a reservation.

 Frequently Asked Questions

When is the pass available for checkout?
June 1–September 24, 2021 to Deschutes Public Library cardholders
Can I place a hold on a pass?
Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The pass is library specific: you must be physically present at the library to check out a pass.
How do I check out a Library Wilderness Pass?
Ask at the checkout desk to see if a pass is available for checkout. Passes can be checked out for one week.
  • Hold on to your receipt—that’s proof you checked out a pass! Library staff will keep the actual pass at the library so you don’t have to return it.
  • The due date on your receipt is the last day that you may use the pass, and it cannot be renewed.
  • The pass automatically expires and is taken off your record after a week. No need to return it to the library.
  • Staff are not able to replace a lost receipt.
How can I use this pass?
Carry your receipt for the Library Wilderness Pass with you on your outing. The pass is valid for:
  • 7 days from issuance
  • Multiple treks during a 7 day period at any of the trailheads listed below
  • Overnight(s) use during a 7 day period at any of the three wilderness areas listed below
  • Up to 4 people
How old do I have to be to check out a Library Wilderness Pass?
You must be 17 or older.
Is a recreation pass still required at the trailhead?
Yes. Visitors must use/display either the annual Northwest Forest Pass or purchase a $5 day pass for parking.
I have a question, concern or issue with the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit. Who should I contact?
For more information, visit the Central Cascade Wilderness Permits site. Comments can be directed to the USFS at 541-728-1955 or

What trailheads or areas are included in the Library Wilderness Pass?

Mount Jefferson Wilderness
  • Breitenbush Lake
  • South Breitenbush & Crag Creek
  • Duffy Lake
  • Jack Lake
  • Marion Lake
  • Whitewater Creek
  • Pamelia Lake
Mount Washington Wilderness
  • Benson/Tenas
  • Pacific Crest at McKenzie Pass
Three Sisters Wilderness
  • Broken Top Trailhead
  • Crater Ditch
  • Devils Lake/South Sister
  • Green Lakes/Soda Creek
  • Obsidian
  • Lava Camp Lake
  • Scott
  • Sisters Mirror
  • Tam McArthur Rim
  • Todd Lake

Page Last Modified Tuesday, June 29, 2021