Christmas Tree Permits Available

Christmas Tree Permits

Christmas Tree Permit Photo eKIP

Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest are available until January 6th, 2018.  

4th graders can enroll in the Every Kid in a Park program to recieve a free permit.  Permits cost $10 each, one tree per permit, with a tree height limit of 12 feet. Trees can be cut from 12.1 - 20 feet in height, but require the purchase of two permits for $20. The permits are for current winter season and are nonrefundable. Plan to purchase a parking permit if the trip includes parking in a designated Sno-Park lot. When at a trailhead requiring a fee, the Northwest Forest Pass or Federal Interagency Pass will need to be displayed on the vehicle dashboard.

Cash, credit cards and checks are accepted at Forest Service Ranger Stations and at the Outdoor Recreation Information Center within the Seattle REI flagship store. Glacier and Verlot Public Service Centers only accept cash and checks. Forest Service offices and are closed Thanksgiving Day. Forest Service offices may close early Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve; please call ahead for operating hours.

Get a tree early before snow falls as most trees are reached by narrow, unplowed mountain roads. High-clearance vehicles are often required for forest roads along with tire chains and a shovel. Check the road and weather conditions before you go.

Cutting areas are located within national forest lands in the eastern portions of Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Permits, maps and more information is available at the closest Ranger District office

See the 2017 Information Sheet for details.


Additional Locations

In addition to the Ranger Stations, Public Service Centers and REI stores, you may purchase Christmas Tree Permits at the following locations:

REI Alderwood Mall, 3000 184th St SW Ste 952 in Lynnwood (425) 640-6200

Darrington Hardware, 1220 SR 530 North in Darrington (360) 436-1260

Espresso Chalet, 49932 State Route 2 in Gold Bar (360) 793-7932

Gold Bar Market (Texaco), 109 Croft Ave. West in Gold Bar (360) 793-0411

Sky Deli, 148 5th St. North in Skykomish (360) 677-2211

Olympic 4x4, 520 Pine St. in Snohomish (800) 752-9979

Mt. View Chevron, 33902 State Route 2 in Sultan (360) 793-8805

Ace Hardware, 207 US-2 in Sultan (360) 793-2372

Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce, 320 Main Street in Sultan (360) 793-3241

The Hoot Owl Chevron, 33902 State Route 2 in Sultan (360) 793-1035



Look for posted signs where cutting is prohibited. Maps are available online and where permits are purchased.

  • Tree cutting is not allowed within developed campgrounds, administrative sites, and designated wilderness areas or on state or private owned lands within the national forest.
  • Tree cutting is not permitted within 150 feet of any stream, lakes, ponds or wetland areas.
  • When parked at a trailhead, you may be required to display a Northwest Forest Pass or one of the Federal Interagency Passes (i.e. America the Beautiful) where posted.
  • Before you cut your tree, punch out the month, day and year on the permit tag. Tags may not be re-used.  Attach the tree tag where it is clearly visible on the tree before loading it onto your vehicle.
  • Each permit is for one Christmas tree up to 12 feet in height. Two permits can be used for trees 12.1 - 20 feet in height.  Families can be issued up to five permits.
  • Topping a tree over 12 feet in height is subject to a minimum fine of $75 (CFR 36 261.10(l)).
  • Cut trees 12 inches or less above the ground level.  Remove snow from base of tree if it is not visible. Cut off limbs remaining on the stump.
Parking in a designated Sno-Park without a permit is subject to a $100 fine. Permits can be purchased at Forest Service offices near Sno-Park areas. Visit the Washington State Parks and Recreation website for information about Sno-Park parking permits.


Safety First

Prepare ahead for changing weather and driving conditions.

  • Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return home.
  • Have a full tank of fuel. Carry a shovel, flashlight, tire chains, matches and blankets in your vehicle. Bring along food and warm drinks.
  • Wear proper winter clothing and carry extra in case you get wet. Some areas may be open to hunting, so wear brightly colored clothing or hunter’s orange.
  • Most forest roads are not snow plowed or maintained during the winter. Watch out for ice and snow; some areas may require chains and a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • Turn on headlights for visibility and expect heavy traffic in popular tree cutting areas.
  • Turn your vehicle around upon arrival; snow accumulation can inhibit turning a vehicle around later. Park vehicles on a road shoulder or turn-out areas and do not block the road.  

Do Your Part

If you pack it in, pack it out. Please remove all trash!

  • Do your part and respect the Forest by leaving it clean and free of trash.  For more information on how you can help, read the following information about practicing Leave No Trace principles.
  • Follow all permit conditions.
  • Follow general rules and regulations for use of National Forest Systems lands, which are available at Ranger District offices.
  • Proper gathering techniques of Special Forest Products to ensure future availability.
  • It is ILLEGAL to harvest rare, threatened, or endangered plants.