Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree the Old Fashioned Way

Go full on Clark Griswold and find your tree in the wilderness this Christmas

Ever wanted to go out and cut down your very own Christmas Tree the old fashioned way? Well you can! In most national forests you can get a valid permit from local ranger stations allowing you to go into “cutting areas” in the forests and harvest your holiday tree. 

Photo by: Sarah Vaughn

We obtained our permit for $10 to search within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington and the ranger was kind enough to set us up with maps of the best forest roads in the area that would lead us to and abundance of Douglas Firs, Silver Firs and Noble Firs.

Photo by: Sarah Vaughn

For our Christmas Tree search we went down one of the recommended forest roads that looked something out of an apocalypse. Tree stumps everywhere, not much forest coverage, about 10 pickup trucks behind us waiting to go shoot guns or go four-wheeling, I decided we best try a different road.

Photo by: Sarah Vaughn

Photo by: Sarah Vaughn

Next forest road we chose was purely what I had imagined my Christmas tree search to be. Thick forest cover, beautiful trails and streams running close by, it was perfect. We walked around through the trees in search of the tree that would fit our apartment best, and it didn’t take long before we spotted the one!

Photo by: Sarah Vaughn

Photo by: Dan Casioppo


Photo by: Sarah Vaughn

Remember, before you go cut down your own tree in a local national forest obtain the proper permit from your local ranger station and check out all of the guidelines before setting out on this holiday adventure!

Published: December 9, 2016

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