For those who celebrate Christmas, the Christmas tree is often the centerpiece of your family's festivities. Many family holiday traditions include going to your local Christmas tree farm to pick the perfect piece of timber for your home. But did you know you could cut down your own tree in the wild?
In Mt. Hood National Forest you can channel your inner Paul Bunyan, put on your merriest plaid and head into the forest to chop down your very own Christmas tree. Here are the steps to take to complete the experience:
Wear weather appropriate attire (i.e. ugly Christmas sweaters, waterproof boots, any and all flannel), pack some bungee cords, and a saw, and drive up Highway 26 towards the forest.
Unsure about braving the forest? There are a number of U-cut tree farms in Mt. Hood Territory. Check to see how to prepare and plan for your visit.
Lizzie Keenan has the lucky job of promoting Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon everyday. When not at work, she enjoys doing yoga with alpacas, taking selfies with llamas, and eating avocados.