On Saturdays, June 6 and June 13, you can “park” for free in honor of National Trails Day (June 6) and National Get Outdoors Day (June 13). On these two days, the day-use fees will be waived for all local trails and in national parks. These are only two of the six fee-free days offered by the Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service during 2015. The remaining fee-free dates this year are Sept. 26 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).
National Trails Day on June 6 encourages people to hike on their National Forest trails Saturday, and to volunteer to help keep them maintained and enjoyable for everyone. V isit www.americanhiking.org/ntd-events for volunteer opportunities.
The fee waiver applies to day-use fees at U.S. Forest Service recreation sites in Washington and Oregon, and the many trails in nearby Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits will not be waived.
Above photograph: a springtime view of Mount St. Helens. See more when you visit the The Forest Service-Gifford Pinchot National Forest Facebook page.