Climbing Permit Required Above 9500 ft. Starting Jan. 1
By Mt. Hood National Forest
Beginning January 1, 2024, Mt. Hood climbers traveling above 9,500 ft. elevation will need a climbing permit. The Mt. Hood Climbing Permit will be available for purchase as a single trip 3-day pass for $20, or an annual pass for $50. Permit fees will fund the Mt. Hood climbing program, hiring more climbing rangers, providing more climbing reports, natural resource protection, safety education and more, as the increased popularity of climbing has led to more safety and public health issues.
Many peaks in the Cascades Range already have a required climbing permit fee, including Mt. Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Shasta. Permit fees help the Forest Service and National Park Service manage climbing opportunities for the benefit of the public. Permits will be for sale on www.recreation.gov starting January 1, 2024. You can save a digital pass to your mobile device or print a copy and bring it with you.
Every route on Mt. Hood is a technical climb requiring appropriate experience and equipment. Mt. Hood is not an appropriate first peak for those new to alpine climbing. New climbers should consider a less technical peak or a guided trip on Mt. Hood. Pre-trip planning and preparation is essential for any climb on Mt. Hood. This is not a mountain you can just “show up” and hike to the summit.
Additional climber information is available on the Mt. Hood National Forest and Portland Mountain Rescue websites.