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 White Mountain Christmas Tree specials 
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 White Mountain Christmas Tree specials
Hi all,
I don't remember if it was here or VFTT, but there was a thread regarding how the USFS will sell you a pass for $5 to bag a Christmas tree in Green Mountain or White Mountain National Forest. I looked for the thread, but couldn't find it.

Anyway, has anyone ever retrieved a tree from the wild in such a fashion? I was thinking about doing this, and was hoping some of you know of some pretty sweet spruce or fir groves that have decent trees. Theoretically, someone could spend days roaming the woods looking for the perfect tree.

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Saw this on Facebook this morning - don't know if it might be of help!

http://greatkids.outdoors.org/2013/12/c ... -tree.html

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Yes! It's awesome. My family and I went up a couple days ago. I should have a write-up within a day or two.

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We go almost every year as long as we get a nice weekend day early in the month. Not much to it. You just go to a ranger station, pay the 5 bucks for a tree tag and they'kll give you the rules sheet and you go cut whatever tree you like, up to 9 inches in diameter at chest height and a few hundred feet away from roads and trails etc. We usually go to some of the logging road landings along the Kanc and walk in. Theres always good ones growing along the edges of the cuts and pretty easy to get them out.

Last couple years prizes... :D

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Admittedly they're a bit Charlie Brownish and don't look like a farm raised tree but with lights and decorations it's hard to tell and it's a fun thing to do with the family for me. A day trip with gas and dinner costs about the same as buying one around here and they smell much better and the needles don't fall off as badly either. I've also found that usually taking just the top of a taller tree gives you a fuller tree than getting one the right height to begin with.


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I remember seeing that discussion somewhere as well. I didn't realize that you had to the the $5 pass. I was eyeballing several Sunday on a undisclosed trail and thought about cutting one but then figured that I would let the live trees live and just buy an already cut one. Perhaps when my boy gets a little older we can go out as a family outing.

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IQuest wrote:
I remember seeing that discussion somewhere as well. I didn't realize that you had to the the $5 pass. I was eyeballing several Sunday on a undisclosed trail and thought about cutting one but then figured that I would let the live trees live and just buy an already cut one. Perhaps when my boy gets a little older we can go out as a family outing.


You do need the pass and they're quite strict about it. The lady I dealt with last year treated it as seriously as hunting. Follow the regulations, tag it as soon as you get it to the car where it's easily visible etc etc etc. She even argued with me over displaying the pass on my dashboard despite me already having a parking pass because "the federal government wants to know who's doing what in the forest". :roll:

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I just learned that the passes can be obtained on weekends as well at the WMNF visitor center.

I'm heading up Sunday to find my Christmas tree.

CRACKY - Still looking for your report :)

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I have no hiking to report on sadly but I was glad just to make it to the mountains again and we just got our tree today!! Instead of going along the Kanc like we usually do we went into one of the old logging cuts along Mt. Clinton Road, although a couple off Base road looked promising too. Lots of good looking trees there if anyone is looking to grab one. Old logging cuts are by far the best place I've found to get a nice full tree.

Finding a spot to pull off safely out of the way was a little difficult so we had to walk for a bit but it was nice out so no worries there.

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Kids had fun stumbling through a little bit of snow to an area with good trees. It's like this one WANTED us to find it so it could reach its full potential in life. :wink:

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Us with our prize! :D Just needs a little trimming now.

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Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) to all of you and yours!

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Bonus points to anyone who knows where this is from one of the not so good spots we checked out first.

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Granite Guy wrote:
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Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) to all of you and yours!


You have a great looking family there GG!

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From Joey & Margaret :D :D

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Yes! It's awesome. My family and I went up a couple days ago. I should have a write-up within a day or two.

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You too Cracky. You and the family look awesome!

"Happy Holidays"

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Bonus points to anyone who knows where this is from one of the not so good spots we checked out first.



From somewhere in a lost city. :?: 8)

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Cracky wrote:
Yes! It's awesome. My family and I went up a couple days ago. I should have a write-up within a day or two.

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You too Cracky. You and the family look awesome!

"Happy Holidays"

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Thanks! Right back at you!

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I just learned that the passes can be obtained on weekends as well at the WMNF visitor center.

I'm heading up Sunday to find my Christmas tree.

CRACKY - Still looking for your report :)


I wrote it for L.L. Bean and they've delayed it a week. Grrrrrr. It should be up in soon.

Did you get up there over the weekend?

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GG- What a great looking tree and even better family. Those are some seriously awesome memories you're putting together for those kids. Well done!

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I did. I had a wonderful day.

I snuck in a quick hike up Mt Potash. There were a bunch of hemlocks there - not good Christmas trees.

Then I went over to Sawyer Pond trail. I found some decent candidates, but none that fit the bill. Some people there were hauling out some really nice big trees... all too big for my car and my house. I did see tons of moose tracks, but no moose.

Finally, I went to Oliverian Brook trail. I decided not to take my pack with me (which contained my camera), and just meander. In the middle of the woods in a small clearing, I found a great little 9 foot spruce tree. It was a nice tree, and the wife was quite pleased with it (and I got to spend an entire day in the woods with the wife's blessing).

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