Mount Hood National Forest considering new fees for rock climbing and hiking
Mt. Hood is no stranger to spectacular rescues.
A climber had to be airlifted from Hood’s summit ridge after falling 700 feet just earlier this year. You can watch this video here.
Mt. Hood National Forest now offers daily access fees for climbers, hikers, and campers who wish to access Mount Hood above 9,500 feet.
The fee would help pay for two climbing rangers to patrol popular routes, add resources for coordinating with search and rescue teams, and provide training in climbing and hiking safety on the mountain. Hood.
They would enter into force in January 2024 at the earliest.
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It seems that authorized access to the finest elements of our country is becoming a necessary evil these days. I don’t necessarily like that the average person will have to pay the government $20 to hike/climb Mt Hood, but it will go a long way towards the health and safety of everyone involved.
Permits will surely be a way for rangers to know who is on the mountain and will help them coordinate with search and rescue teams in rescue situations. This benefits climbers who need rescue and search and rescue teams who risk their lives.
Nothing is free anymore. That’s how it goes. Unfortunately.