Wonderland Alert! This is from the Park Service late yesterday. Check out Craig Romano’s Backpacking Washington book for your Plan B. He has some wonderful suggestions of other places where your jaw will be dragging along the trail due to eye-popping beauty. In the meantime, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you all!
March 31, 2015: As of late this date the park has received more than 2,360 wilderness reservation requests just since March 15. The majority of these are for hiking the Wonderland Trail. This is a record for the largest amount of reservation requests received for the period of March 15 – March 31. Given the number of applications we have already received we will not be able to successfully fulfill all requests, specifically those for the Wonderland Trail.
Heads up! This came from the Park Service as of noon yesterday.
March 26, 2015: As of noon this date the park has received 1,620 wilderness reservation requests. The majority of these are for hiking the Wonderland Trail. At this rate we are on track for equaling or breaking the record for the largest amount of reservation requests received for the period of March 15-March 31. This does not bode well for being able to successfully fulfill all requests, specifically for the Wonderland Trail.
Sigh. But don’t fret yet and have a Plan B that is equally exciting. If you don’t get a permit, but still want grand vistas, and wonderful crowd-free locations, please pick up a copy of Craig Romano’s book “Backpacking Washington” which will give you tons of great suggestions for unforgettable backcountry romps. Seriously, this State is teaming with places that will make you misty and keep your head spinning!
If you are hoping to hike the Wonderland Trail, all or in part, this coming summer be sure to get your permit reservation request in now. Yesterday was the first day to fax requests, but because it was a Sunday, today is the first day to snail-mail letters.
Technically you have until April 1st to get your permit reservation requests submitted, however, the early bird often catches the worm. As they like to say, don’t put the pro in procrastination or you’ll get the dis’ in disappointment and that, friends, would be sad.
Happy PERMIT day, everyone!