If you’re 62 or older, you’ll want to jump on this national-park pass deal

The lifetime pass, soon to increase in price from $10 to $80, gets the bearer in free to sites ranging from Mount Rainier to the Snow Lake trailhead, providing access to more than 2,000 recreation sites.

Seattle-area national parks and related federal agencies this spring saw a 700 percent leap in local sales of their Senior Pass, likely stimulated by buyers out to beat a big price hike for what is affectionately known among many of its users as the “Golden Geezer.”

The lifetime pass, soon to increase in price from $10 to $80, gets the bearer in free to sites ranging from Mount Rainier to the Snow Lake trailhead, providing access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six federal agencies.

Last December, Congress authorized the price increase for the pass, which is good for a lifetime for U.S. citizens and permanent residents 62 and older. An exact date for the cost increase has yet to be announced, but some who work in parks expect it by year’s end.

The same legislation created an annual Senior Pass to be priced at $20 per year.

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“People are attracted to this lifetime pass for its good value, and it will still be a great value at $80, but naturally people want the screaming deal” of $10, said Charles Beall, superintendent of Seattle-area national-park sites, including Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The Outdoor Recreation Information Center at REI’s Seattle flagship store recorded the sales jump, comparing April 2017 to April 2016.

Among other things, the pass is good for admission for the bearer and others in the same vehicle to enter national parks such as Rainier and Olympic, which regularly charge $25 per carload.

The pass also covers most day-use fees at national forest sites such as trailheads and interpretive centers, taking the place of the Read the full article from the Source…

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