Public permits are issued each winter in the Seattle area for cutting Christmas trees within national forestlands including Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.
Permits are sold at Forest Service offices (no credit cards) and REI at Alderwood (they accept credit cards). Depending on where you plan to cut your tree parking permits may also be required. Be sure to check when you buy your tree permit.
Maps for cutting areas are available at the forest's Enumclaw office: 450 Roosevelt Ave. E. Maps may also be obtained at the REI in Alderwood: 3000 184th St. S.W. in Lynnwood. Or you can find maps at forest ranger stations.
If you want to cut a tree taller than 12 feet you will need a special permit. For trees smaller than 12 feet you just need a regular permit.
Our national forest officials urge those hunting for trees to get a start on it early before snow falls. The forest roads are narrow, and unplowed. If the first snow has fallen and you plan to make your trek out be sure you have tire chains and a shovel.
Always check with ranger stations in advance for road and weather conditions, or check online at: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Conditions.