The new system was set to bring day-use limitations to 19 trails in the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness and other overnight limitations to all trails in the same areas. The prices for these permits were free for day-use permits at the 19-elected popular trails, and $6 for overnight permits at all 79 trailheads.
- USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory
- The South Sister reflected in the waters of Sparks Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area.
One way this might affect hikers in these areas is that once reservations are available and trails begin to open up in the forests, they might be more crowded than ever as people rush to get back doing what they enjoy. And other forest-users who weren't thrilled about the new system will get another year of the usual. As far as reservations and permits go, wilderness areas will continue to be managed as they had been in previous years until of May of 2021. Both the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests will keep the free self-issue permit systems many people have become accustomed to when using trails.
The Forest Service did announce that at least one new law will be implemented this year though, which is the elevational campfire ban. This ban prevents people from setting campfires above 5,700 feet in elevation and some areas that are below 5,700 feet. It also prohibits campfires in Diamond Peak Wilderness above 6,000 feet.