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Pamelia Limited Entry Area

On the shoulder of Mt. Jefferson, in Central Oregon, the Pamelia Limited Entry Area, has added protections. A special permit is required. Travelers holding backcountry permits for travel along the PCT, including the PCT long-distance permit, should not camp in the zone unless they have obtained this extra permit. Click here for the full details on obtaining this permit.

The Pamelia Limited Entry Area runs from approximately mile 2020 to 2021.5. This is in Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, on Willamette National Forest, just north of Santiam Pass. The area is split up into three zones. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the Coyote/Shale Lake Zone.

Hikers and equestrians traveling the PCT are allowed to pass through as long as they don’t leave the PCT. You must have this special permit to camp in the Coyote/Shale Lake zone.

You’d also need a limited entry permit to leave the PCT to the west, and go down the Hunt’s Creek Trail to the Pamelia Lake area, Hunts Cove, and the Pamelia Lake Trailhead. Thru-hikers are unlikely to do this, but section hikers should be aware of this extra permit. The limited entry permit is required for any hiker planning to enter or exit the PCT through the Pamelia Lake Trailhead or to resupply from there. The Woodpecker Ridge Trail is just 1.5 miles to the north of Milk Creek (which crosses the PCT close to Pamelia Lake) and is a suitable alternative for section hikers to begin or end their section hike and would not require a special permit.

Not far to the south, the Obsidian Limited Entry Area is a similar situation.

The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the green zone in the Pamelia Lake Limited Entry Area. You'll need a special permit to camp there.

The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the green zone in the Pamelia Lake Limited Entry Area. You’ll need a special permit to camp there.

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