Willamette Valley Visitors Association Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Hunt

2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree LogoAs part of the Willamette Valley Visitors AssociationChristmas tree ornament hunt, two hundred glass ornaments are 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

Sweet Home Ranger District (Hwy 20)

Trail Name

Ranger District

Cone Peak Trail

Sweet Home (Hwy 20)

Trout Creek Trail


Rooster Rock Trail


Santiam Wagon Road: Mountain House Section


Santiam Wagon Road: Snowcreek Section


Pyramids Trail


Browder Ridge Trail


South Pyramid Creek Trail


Chimney Peak Trail


Crescent Mountain Trail


Scar Mountain Trail


Twin Buttes Trail


Detroit Ranger District (Hwy 22)

Trail Name

Ranger District

Stahlman Point

Detroit (Hwy 22)

Leone Lake Trail


Suspension Bridge Trail at Detroit Lake


South Breitenbush Gorge 


Coffin Mountain


Byars Peak Trail


Phantom Natural Bridge #3347


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


Middle Fork (Hwy 58)

Salmon Creek Falls Day Use Area


South Willamette


Dead Mountain


Aubrey Mountain


Middle Fork National Recreation Trail


North Fork




Tire Mountain