Mt. Hood National Forest Christmas Tree Permit

Mt. Hood National Forest

This permit allows you to cut a Christmas Tree within designated areas of the Mt. Hood National Forest! Lifelong memories are built during these special times and we are happy to help with any information gathering you'll need to make this trip a safe and enjoyable experience. 

Please be sure to read and agree to all the tips and guidelines when selecting your tree.

For more information please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mthood/passes-permits/forestproducts 

Need to Know

Selecting Your Tree

Do not cut trees within 100 feet of a trail, 200 feet of campgrounds or recreation sites, 300 feet of a stream or lake. Do not cut on county, tribal or private land, wilderness areas, research natural areas, active timber sales or areas posted "No Christmas Tree Cutting.” 

While choosing your tree, ensure there is another free to grow within 8 ft. of the one you cut.

Tree Height: up to 15 feet. Larger trees available at a “per foot” cost at your local Ranger District. Stump height: 6 inches or less. 

Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree. Remove snow from around the stump so you can accurately measure stump and tree height. Pack out everything you brought in. Scatter excess branches, return nature to nature and leave no trace!

Where to Cut Your Tree

Mt Hood National Forest Roads are snowed out early this season. This permit is valid ONLY on National Forest. Respect Signage and closures. Please make sure you are not on county, private or tribal land before harvesting your tree. Check your map and call us with any questions. Make it a safe day!  

West-side: most of our usual tree-cutting area on Clackamas River Ranger District was impacted by fires. Hwy 224/FSR46 closed at the Forest Boundary by Promentory Park. Tumala Mountain Area: Access via Surface Rd or Fall Creek from Hwy 224 to FSR 4613, 4614 and 4615.

Zigzag Ranger District: Lolo Pass area Road 1828 and -118 spur. Respect signage! Wildcat Mountain area: Road #36, past Clackamas County Forest to FSR 3626, 150 and 2609. Camp Creek Road 2632 past the summer homes. Skyline Rd 42 is closed for winter at Skyline Snow Park. No cutting along Highways or anywhere within the Bull Run Watershed.

East-side: Tree cutting permitted within Hood River and Barlow Ranger Districts, except fire closures and gated areas. Only drive on roads open to motor vehicle use. Do not cut trees within The Dalles Watershed, Camp Baldwin or Warm Springs Reservation.

Sno-Park permit required to utilize areas plowed & maintained by ODOT. 

Information available online https://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/Sno-Parks-Mt-Hood

Planning Your Trip

Helpful Cutting Tips

Tools to consider bringing with you include a measuring tape, handsaw, gloves, loppers, tarp and straps to secure your tree to your vehicle.

Cut the leftover branches from the stump and scatter them. Cut the stump to 6” height.

Carry your tree carefully out of the woods. Dragging the tree will rub off needles and bark. 

If the tree is too big to transport inside of your vehicle, wrap it with a tarp to prevent wind damage. Carefully tie down your load for the safety of you and others.

Once home, cut the bottom of the trunk off and place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket of water. Replenish water as needed. 

To support COVID-19 public health and safety measures, Mt. Hood NF offices are CLOSED to walk-in service. We would love to talk to you over the phone! For forest information call Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm: Barlow Ranger District (541) 467-2291, Hood River Ranger District (541) 352-6002, Clackamas River Ranger District (971) 333-4100, Zigzag Ranger District (503) 622-3191 **Zigzag Ranger District is offering limited Walk up Window services. Please observe social distancing, wear masks and prepare to wait outside. 

How to Plan Your Trip

Before you leave home, be sure to measure the space where you plan to place the tree in your home (height and width), and measure the space in your vehicle where you will be transporting the tree.

You must print and bring your Christmas Tree Permit with you.

Cell service may be spotty or unavailable. Be sure someone knows where you are and when to expect you back.

Check the latest weather conditions, forest warnings and road closures. Know before you go!   Start your day early. Be sure to find your tree and leave the woods before dark.

Bring a map with you. Don’t rely on GPS because it may not be up-to-date. Pay attention to conditions, if the road looks bad, don't drive it!

Dress warmly and take extra dry clothes. Expect winter weather, including cold temperatures, ice, snow and winds. Avoid going out during low visibility, blizzard conditions or stormy days.  

Roads are not plowed. Avoid driving in deep snow or ruts. Carry tire chains, shovel(s) and a tow chain. Be sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas. Don’t get locked out of your car. Park in areas so that traffic can get by safely. Do not block gates or barracades.

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