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February 02, 2011

The Enchantments comprise pristine peaks and

basins within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This jewel of the Cascades is finally entering the 21st century.

Starting February 28th people seeking coveted overnight permits for prime backpacking weekends in the Enchantments

can register online with the forest service.
    Spokeswoman Susan Peterson said the

electronic reservation system will speed up the permitting process considerably.
The Enchantments region is

very popular with outdoor enthusiasts. To protect these sensitive natural areas the Forest Service limits the

total number of overnight permits to 1,500 throughout the June-October season, with further zone-specific

limitations.
For over 20 years, the Wenatchee River Ranger District has hand processed applications. The

District decided to make the move to the new system because of increasing volumes of applications, lengthy and

costly processing, and dated technology.
Peterson said the on-line system will free up resources that can be

better spent elsewhere.
    The online permits for the Enchantments will remain $5 per person

per day, but they will come with a new $6 reservation fee. Peterson said that fee is strictly to cover costs.

/>Applications for the Enchantment overnight wilderness permit season, June 15- Oct 15, 2011, will be accepted

beginning February 28, 2011 at www.recreation.gov. 
Help is available For people that do not have

internet, calling 877-444-6777.
The on-line reservation system is only for Enchantment overnight permits;

there will be no changes in day-use permits, which will remain self-issued at trailheads.
 

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