Monday, December 3, 2012

National Forest Christmas Tree

We hadn't done this in years. I mean, before we had kids! So we decided to do it again this year: go Christmas Tree hunting in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Even without the Christmas Tree part, the hike through the snow is amazing!

It's fairly simple, you get a permit and a map from one of many locations, you drive your vehicle up into the logging roads, and you search for your perfect tree.

There are plenty of opportunities to play in the snow along the way, and once you get your tree back to your vehicle (which is the hard part, by the way),...

you can build yourself a fire in the snow and hang out for awhile! Our fire lit up easily after using my handy dandy Dryer Lint Fire Starters!

We sat in the snow eating sandwiches and soup from a thermos. My husband mostly ate chips and guacamole. Why not? The man just hiked in the snow carrying a tree!

Such a simple but unique way to get a Christmas Tree! Try it out some year!

Fees: $10 Christmas Tree Permit for a tree up to 12 feet tall, $20 for over 12 feet tall
What to bring: snow boots/gear, saw, rope to secure your tree to your vehicle, snow safety gear (full tank of gas, flashlights, blankets, matches, some food, shovel), tire chains
Length of hike: as long as it takes to find the perfect tree

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