Thank you for participating in the 5th annual Ornament Contest!

We hope you enjoyed the 2022 Willamette Valley Ornament Contest and found an ornament for your tree! The contest has ended, but we’d invite you to stick around learn about other adventures and activities around the Willamette Valley.

Here’s how it works:

Each year, eagle-eyed hikers and visitors can hit the trail to track down an ornament; once you’ve found one ornament per household, register to win the grand prize and put the ornament on your tree back at home. Ornaments are placed on family-friendly trails and more arduous paths alike, giving hikers of all abilities the chance to win. The 2022 contest has ended, but we look forward to returning in 2023!

Join the ornament contest fun on social media!

While you’re out and about, use the following hashtags to document and showcase your journey—and share your adventure with us: #FindYourOrnament, #FindYourTrail, #IwonderWV, #pnwonderland, #willamettenationalforest

How can you stay safe and responsibly take part in the ornament contest?

Choose a ranger district in the Willamette National Forest or the Umpqua National Forest and review trail guides and weather information before heading out.

We are doing our part to abide by Leave No Trace principles, so rangers will collect any remaining ornaments by January 15, 2023. Please remember to leave only footprints, take only pictures, and make only memories. And if you pack it in, please pack it out.

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

Hikers looking around
Hikers in the Willamette National Forest

About the Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest is home to eight wilderness areas, more than 70 developed campgrounds, and has over 1,700 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. Its many landscapes include Cascade foothills, temperate rainforests, and rushing rivers.

A hiker in a turquoise coat walks along a forest path lined with tall evergreen trees and ferns.

About the Umpqua National Forest

The Umpqua National Forest stretches across the southern Willamette Valley and into southern Oregon. Its attractions include Cascade peaks, whitewater rapids, and verdant forests—with more than 530 miles of trails, 40 campgrounds, and three scenic wilderness areas.