Cut Your Own Christmas Tree off the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Release Date: Nov 6, 2013  

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

Contact:  Kelly Sprute  Phone: 425-783-6050


snow covered trees

Permits are available to cut Christmas trees on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest beginning Nov. 12 through Dec. 24.

Cutting areas are located within national forest lands in the eastern portions of Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Maps and information about cutting areas are provided where permits are sold at ranger stations and the Verlot and Glacier Public Service Centers.

Permits are sold at REI’s Alderwood Mall store daily and the Outdoor Recreation Information Center located inside the downtown Seattle REI store. Permits cost $10 each, one tree per permit, with a tree height limit of 12 feet. Trees taller than 12 feet require a tall tree permit for $20. REI locations sell only the $10 / 12-feet and under Christmas tree permits. The permits are for 2013 and are nonrefundable.

Credit cards are not accepted at Forest Service offices, however, the Outdoor Recreation Information Center in the Seattle REI and the Alderwood Mall REI stores will take them. Forest Service offices and REI stores are closed Thanksgiving Day. Forest Service offices may close early Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, so call ahead for operating hours.

Plan to purchase a parking permit if the trip includes parking in a designated Sno-Park lot. Get a tree early before snow falls as most trees are reached by narrow, unplowed mountain roads. High-clearance vehicles are often required along with tire chains and a shovel. Check ranger stations for road and weather information or go to www.fs.usda.gov/goto/mbs/road-trails. Find local Christmas tree farms at: www.pscta.org/ or http://www.nwtrees.com/factsframe.htm.

Permits are available at the following locations:

Mt. Baker Ranger Station

810 State Route 20 Sedro-Woolley, WA

360-856-5700 Ext. 515 

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Dec. 7-8, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Dec. 14-15, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m

Verlot Public Service Center

33515 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls, WA 

360-691-7791 

Nov. 29-Dec.1, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Weekends in December

Enumclaw Office

450 Roosevelt Ave. E. Enumclaw, WA

360-825-6585 

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 7-8, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 14-15, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. 

Glacier Public Service Center

Mt. Baker Highway 542 Glacier, WA

360-599-2714

Weekends, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Skykomish Ranger Station

74920 NE Stevens Pass Hwy, 

Skykomish, WA

360-677-2414  

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 30, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 7, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Seattle REI

Outdoor Recreation Information Center

222 Yale Ave. N.  Seattle, WA

206-470-4060  

Daily 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Darrington Ranger Station

1405 Emens Ave. N. Darrington, WA

360-436-1155  

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
Nov. 30, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Dec. 7, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Dec. 14, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.  

Snoqualmie Ranger Stations 

902 SE North Bend Way North Bend, WA

425-888-1421   

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 30, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 7, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 14, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

REI Alderwood Store

3000 184th St. SW  Lynnwood, WA

425-640-6200  

Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.