Ornament Hunt and Sweepstakes Brings Holiday Cheer to the Willamette Valley

With the holiday season fast approaching, we're excited to once again team up with the Willamette National Forest and (new in 2020!) the Umpqua National Forest to put on our "Find Your Ornament" Hunt and Sweepstakes.

This year we've placed 150 Oregon-themed tree ornaments—made by Portland’s 20 Leagues—along non-wilderness trails throughout the two forests. Be on the lookout for three different styles of these wooden ornaments, each featuring a fun-loving forest creature.

Eagle-eyed hikers and visitors can hit the trail to track down the ornaments; participants can keep the ornaments they find and register to win prizes. This year lucky finders of all three styles—on three different trails—will be eligible for the grand prize: an overnight and adventure in the Willamette Valley.

A friendly note: None of the trails impacted by this summer’s devastating wildfires will have ornaments this year. We encourage you to steer clear of the fire-affected areas as you explore the wider Willamette National Forest.

Ornament Hunt and Sweepstakes Basics

Ornaments have been placed on the trails listed on this page; browse the trails below, and visit the Willamette National Forest website and Umpqua National Forest website for driving directions and key information about each trail. We’re updating this page regularly as hikers register their finds to give participants the best possible chance to snag an ornament.

All ornaments have already been placed on trails—and will remain there until January 1, 2021, when the contest will end for the season. Rangers will collect any remaining ornaments by January 15, 2021. Please only take one ornament per trail.

How to Make the Most of the Ornament Hunt and Sweepstakes

As you explore the Willamette National Forest and Umpqua National Forest this fall and winter, please keep the following in mind to stay safe and ensure the best possible contest for everyone:

We’d also ask that more advanced hikers leave ornaments placed along the first mile of each trail for children, families, and those with less mobility; ornaments have been placed at various points on each trail, catering to all levels of hiker so that everyone has a chance to win a prize. (Click here for the full contest rules.)

And while you're hiking, use the following hashtags to document and showcase your journey—and share your adventure with us: #FindYourOrnament, #FindYourTrail, #IwonderWV, #pnwonderland, #willamettenationalforest

Sweet Home Ranger District
Middle Fork Ranger District
McKenzie River Ranger District
Umpqua National Forest

If you found an ornament, register your information—including the ID tag number on the back of your find. Anyone who finds all three ornaments will be automatically entered to win this year’s grand prize: an adventure and overnight stay in the Willamette Valley.

About the Willamette National Forest

With more than 1.5 million acres, the beautiful Willamette National Forest is home to eight wilderness areas—including the popular Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness areas—and has over 1,700 miles of hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. The varied landscapes of the high mountains, Cascade foothills, temperate rainforests, narrow canyons, and trickling streams offer visitors enchanting opportunities to play and explore.

About the Umpqua National Forest

The Umpqua National Forest is nestled on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Explosive geologic events shaped the distinctive landscape on the 983,129-acre forest, and provide spectacular scenery as well as an abundance of natural and cultural resources. Visitors discover a diverse place of thundering waters, high mountain lakes, heart-stopping rapids, and peaceful ponds. The Forest is characterized by its many waterfalls, including the 293-foot Watson Falls on the North Umpqua Highway.