Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Release Date: Nov 5, 2012

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest


This White Pine is a rare find on the western side of the Cascades. You will more commonly find Noble Fir, Pacific Silver Fir and Douglas-fir on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to cut for a Christmas tree. Photo by Kelly Sprute, US Forest Service.

Permits for sale on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest 

Is going to the forest, carefully selecting the perfect Christmas tree and cutting it down a tradition in your family? If not, now may be the time to start. Beginning Nov. 13 through Dec. 24 the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is selling permits to cut Christmas trees. 

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 daily and the Outdoor Recreation Information Center located inside the downtown Seattle REI store Tuesdays-Saturdays. 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. The permits are for 2012 and nonrefundable.

Credit cards are not accepted at Forest Service offices or the Outdoor Recreation Information Center in the Seattle REI store, however, the REI at Alderwood Mall will take them. Forest Service offices and REI stores are closed Thanksgiving Day. Christmas Eve Forest Service offices are closed and REI stores will close early.

Plan to purchase a parking permit if the trip includes parking in a designated Sno-Park lot. View the Christmas Tree Handout for rules and information about the permits.

Getting a tree early before snow falls usually means better access on forest roads. 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 check road and trail conditions.

Offices and 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. 24-25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Dec. 1-2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Dec. 8-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Glacier Public Service Center
Mt. Baker Highway 542 Glacier, WA
Weekends, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Darrington Ranger Station
1405 Emens Ave. N.Darrington, WA 
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Verlot Public Service Center
33515 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls, WA 
Weekends, Nov. 23, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Skykomish Ranger Station
74920 NE Stevens Pass Highway, 
Skykomish, WA
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Snoqualmie Ranger Stations 
North Bend Office
902 SE North Bend Way North Bend, WA
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m- 4:30 p.m. 
Nov. 24, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Enumclaw Office
450 Roosevelt Ave. E. Enumclaw, WA
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Nov. 24-25, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Dec. 1-2, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Dec. 8-9, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Seattle REI
Outdoor Recreation Information Center
222 Yale Ave. N. Seattle, WA
Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 

REI Alderwood Store
3000 184th St. SW Lynnwood, WA
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.