Christmas Tree Permits

Image of a man and child choosing their Christmas tree in the forest

For many families, the search for and selection of their own Christmas tree in the forest is a wonderful experience, part of their holiday tradition. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is happy to provide the opportunity for families to enjoy the forest and fulfill this tradition each year.

Permits will go on sale beginning November 1st and are valid through December 31.  

 

 

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest offers multiple options for purchasing a Christmas Tree Permit. Refer to "Options for purchasing a Christmas Tree Permit" below. 

Please see the Christmas Tree Permit Guide for more information

A permit costs $10.00, and each household may cut only one tree per permit.  Permits do not authorize cutting on private land. Please be respectful of private property. Follow the maps and be sure you are in the forest. The maps are part of the permit and are required to be in your possession when searching for and bringing home your tree.  

Christmas trees gathered under the Shasta-Trinity National Forest permits must be cut on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  If you are looking to cut a tree in the Lassen National Forest, please go to https://www.fs.usda.gov/lassen for information about purchasing a permit for the Lassen National Forest.

Please note!  Some areas of the forest are not open, please be aware of the current closure areas before you plan your trip to the forest. Closure orders can be found at the Home Page or under the View All Forest Alerts Link

 

Options for purchasing a Christmas Tree Permit

  • Online at Recreation.gov. A service fee of $2.50 will be charged in addition to the permit fee.

  • Fourth-grade students are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit, paying only the $2.50 service fee through Recreation.gov, authorized by the Every Kid Outdoors program.
  • It is important to carefully read the overview and the need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will need to set up or log in to a Recreation.gov account to complete the secure credit card transaction.

  • At retail locations located in Mt. Shasta and McCloud. Please contact the retail location to verify hours and availability.  Unfortunately, the retail locations are not able to provide the "Every Kid Outdoors" free permit for Fourth-grade students.

    Mt. Shasta: The Fifth Season, Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware, and Solano’s Do It Best Hardware
    McCloud: McCloud Outdoors and Gear Exchange

  • The required maps will be included with the permit.

  • Local Forest Service Office

    Permits may be purchased by calling with a credit card or mailing a check to your local Shasta-Trinity National Forest Ranger District Office. Permits and maps will be returned by mail. Please allow up to two weeks for processing.

  • Fourth-grade students may get their free "Every kids Outdoors" Christmas tree permit through the mail or in person at one of the Forest Service offices, call for more information.  There is no service fee.

 

Christmas Tree Permit Maps and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (.pdf)
Shasta - West Half Shasta - East Half

Christmas Tree Map

MVUMs

Christmas Tree Map

 

MVUMs

Trinity - North Half Trinity - South Half  

Christmas Tree Map

MVUMs

Christmas Tree Map

MVUMs

Download maps to the Avenza app:  https://www.avenzamaps.com/maps/1125082

Maps show your location and work without cell service.

A QR code for downloading Christmas Tree cutting maps for the SHF