What Pass Do I Use For this Hike?
My last write up was about parking at trailheads using the Forest Pass, and paying attention to other signs. I failed to bring up the State Parks Discover Pass.
It is important to understand when to use the Forest Pass and when to use the Discover Pass. When hiking in:
Washington State Parks - use Discover Pass
National Forest - use Forest Pass
Department of National Resources - no pass required unless otherwise marked
This is a basic list and there are some other variables. My concept is, if you enjoy the wilderness, then buy a year pass for both Discover and Forest. You will always have the right one! Or get the upgraded Forest Pass; Interagency Pass. Note: the interagency still does not take place of the Discover Pass.
If you don't get out on hikes very often, then consider a day pass. Here are the links to find out all of the specifics.
Here is the limosuine option in place of just a Forest Pass - the Interagency Pass: http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/annual.shtml
Here is the website for the Discover Pass: http://discoverpass.wa.gov
The US Forest Service has all of their information here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fsbdev2_027010
WTA did a very good job in a Q & A type article found here: http://www.wta.org/hiking-info/passes/what-pass-do-i-need-faq
By Rudy Giecek