Willamette Valley Visitors Association Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Hunt

2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree LogoAs part of the Willamette Valley Visitors Association Christmas tree ornament hunt, two hundred glass ornaments were hidden along non-wilderness trails on the Willamette National Forest for lucky adventurers to find. In addition to a keepsake ornament, over 120 lucky winners will be awarded prizes, including a grand prize: a three night, four day paid trip for two to Washington D.C. in December 2018 to see the lighting of the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree.

The ornament hunt highlights 1,700 miles of trails on the Willamette National Forest. The theme for the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree is “Find Your Trail!” in recognition of two 2018 anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act, and the 175th commemoration of the Oregon Trail. There is a rich history of Oregon’s forests providing for the needs of Oregonians. The Willamette National Forest provides recreational opportunities, fishing, hunting, foraging, firewood, minerals, wood products and, of course, Christmas trees. We hope this exciting ornament hunt will inspire people to explore the Willamette National Forest and all it has to offer.

The Willamette Valley Visitors Association website https://www.oregonwinecountry.org/us-capitol-christmas-tree will serve as the hub for contest winners to claim their prizes throughout the contest which will run from Memorial Day weekend to October 2, 2018, the anniversary of the National Trails System Act.  

We encourage sharing adventures using the hashtags: #FindYourTrail, #FindYourOrnament, #USCapitolChristmasTree and #ItsAllYours

There are still ornaments left!

See below for a list of trails on each ranger district where ornaments remain. PLUS we're giving you some extra hints to help get you closer to finding the remaining treasures - download this PDF with maps indicating areas to focus on in the forest. 

Sweet Home Ranger District (Hwy 20)

Trail Name

Ranger District

Cone Peak Trail

Sweet Home (Hwy 20)

Gate Creek Trail

 

Pyramids Trail

 

Browder Ridge Trail

 

South Pyramid Creek Trail

 

Chimney Peak Trail

 

Crescent Mountain Trail

 

Scar Mountain Trail

 

Detroit Ranger District (Hwy 22)

Trail Name

Ranger District

South Breitenbush Gorge 

Detroit (Hwy 22)

Suspension Bridge Trail at Detroit Lake

 

Coffin Mountain

 

Tumble Lake

 

McKenzie River Ranger District (Hwy 126)

Trail Name

Ranger District

O'Leary Trail

McKenzie River (Hwy 126)

Castle Rock Trail

 

Delta Old Growth Trail

 

McKenzie River National Recreation Trail

 

Middle Fork Ranger District (Hwy 58)

Trail Name

Ranger District

Salmon Creek Falls Day Use Area

Middle Fork (Hwy 58)

South Willamette

 

Dead Mountain

 

Middle Fork National Recreation Trail

 

North Fork

 

Alpine

 

Tire Mountain

 




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