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




Tire Mountain