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Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree in the Villages of Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Saturday, December 5, 2009


Looking for the perfect Christmas Tree?  There are dozens of locations to find your Christmas Tree this year in East Clackamas County which is one of the top Christmas Tree growing areas in the country.  As you drive along Highway 26 or any of the scenic backroads you will discover Christmas Tree lots just around every bend and over every hill.  We have selected a few that are easy to access and right along the way to your Holiday Destination in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental.

Sandy Fire Department:
Driving east on Highway 26 from Sandy, Oregon to Welches, Oregon, a good Christmas Tree lot for picking up a tree is at the Sandy Fire Department on the corner of Bruns and Pioneer.  The Fire Department is about 1/2 way through town after you are driving on the one-way.  All sales benefit the Teen Explorer unit. Open daily, 3 - 7 PM. Trees are pre-cut and cost $20-25. 503-668-8093

Porter's Nursery, 3.9 miles:
If you would like to get a live tree that can be planted in your yard after the Holidays, continue east on Highway 26 for 3.9  miles.  You will find Porter's Nursery on the north side of the road.  Porter's is a family run working nursery that specializes in evergreen trees.  The Porter family lives on site with gorgeous views of Mt Hood.  They sell Austrian Pines, Cypress, Blue Spruce as well as several other species.  Trees are 4 feet tall and above and sell for $25-45. Hours: Open most days, you will know if the gate is open. 503-668-8441.

Harrison's Christmas Tree Farm, 5.4 miles:
Continue 1.5 miles past Porters to visit the Harrison Family who have been operating their Christmas Tree Farm for over 30 years.  Located on the north side of the road, his multi-generational enterprise specializes in Noble Firs.  They will cut them for you or you can cut your own.  The Harrisons also sell wreaths and other holiday decorations and items. Open daily 9 AM - dusk through December 23. 503-668-9769.

Alder Creek Farms, 8.4 miles:
Alder Creek Farms is located 3 miles further east on the north side of the highway and is another family-operated farm with a large Christmas Tree Farm.  They also harvest firewood and board horses.  Alder Creek Farms offers a number of exciting events along with selling Christmas Trees. Visitors will be entered in a raffle for every tree that is purchased.  Prizes include 7 nights for two in Orlando, Florida, 2 mountain bikes, several $50 gift cards and much more.  Santa Claus will draw the winning tickets on December 23. Douglas, Noble and Grand firs are available as U-cut, We-cut or Pre-cut and will be shaken and baled for you. Open daily, 10 AM - dusk through December 23. 503-781-7707

If you want to wait until you get to the Villages of Mt Hood to purchase your tree, the Welches Mountain Building Supply has a beautiful selection of Grand, Douglas and Noble Firs between 4 feet and 8 feet tall.  Prices range from about $15-40.  They will have trees available through December 24.  Located 7.4 miles of Alder Creek Farms in Welches at the corner of Arrah Wanna Blvd and Highway 26 on the south side of the road. Open Monday - Saturday, 8 AM - 6 PM, Sunday, 9 AM - 5 PM, Christmas Eve, 8 AM - 3 PM. 503-622-3000.

If you would like to cut your own tree in the Mt Hood National Forest, head to the Zigzag Ranger Station for a permit and map of areas where you are allowed to cut trees.  The Ranger Station is on the south side of Highway 26, 1 mile east of Welches Road.  You can cut any tree that is growing in the forest, so your Christmas Tree might be a hemlock, Doug fir, noble fir or cedar this year.  You are allowed to take trees up to 12 feet tall.  Open Monday - Saturday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM; Sunday, December 6, 13, 20, 8 AM - 2 PM.  Permits cost $5 (cash or check only and no large bills, please).  You will need to take your own limbing saw.  Also remember that it can be cold and snowy or rainy in the woods, so wear warm clothes. Also be prepared for winter driving conditions; you will likely not be able to drive above 2500 feet due to snow on the roads. 503-622-3191.

A couple of things to remember when selecting your Christmas Tree:
  • Measure the space for both height and width where you plan on putting up your tree.  It is easy to select too large of tree when you are outside among all of the trees and the vast open sky.
  • If you select a pre-cut tree, make sure it is fresh and green and not starting to dry out.
  • Look at all sides of the tree; if one side is flat or more sparse it might be ok if that side is going to be against a wall anyway.
  • Take your tree home and get it into water as soon as possible.
For more information and locations to find your Christmas Tree, check out this Gresham Outlook Article

Happy Holidays and have fun selecting your Christmas Tree in the Villages of Mt Hood.


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