The 5th annual Ornament Contest!

Explore scenic trails, find one of 200 Willamette Valley-themed tree ornaments (made by Portland’s 20 Leagues), and enter for your chance to win a great prize— an overnight stay and gift cards for several fun Willamette Valley adventures!

Choose your own adventure

Here’s how it works:

Beginning November 25, 2022, 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.

Keep your eyes peeled on designated, non-wilderness trails for a colorful ornament decorated to showcase Willamette Valley scenery.

How can you take part in the contest?

Ornaments have been placed on the non-wilderness trails listed below. Visit the Willamette National Forest website and Umpqua National Forest website for driving directions and key information about each trail.

We’re updating our site regularly as hikers register their ornaments to give participants the best possible chance to snag one. Please be kind, and take one per household to give other hikers the chance to find an ornament.

We 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.

Where to Find Ornaments in 2022

Thanks to the Cascade Volunteers, a nonprofit that champions the Willamette National Forest through advocacy, education, and stewardship work, 200 ornaments have been placed on the trails for you to find!

Check out the guides to each of the five participating ranger districts. You’ll find contest details, along with recommendations for turning your ornament hunt into a day-long or overnight experience. Happy trails!

Detroit Ranger District

McKenzie River Ranger District

Cottage Grove Ranger District

Sweet Home Ranger District

Middle Fork Ranger District

Tamolitch (Blue Pool)

Ornaments Along the McKenzie River

Find an ornament on your way to scenic pools and thundering waterfalls—and pair it with a relaxing hot spring soak, comfortable overnight stay, and locally sourced meal.

Ornaments Around Oakridge and Westfir

The forests around Oakridge and Westfir are home to relaxing river walks and steep ascents alike. When it’s time to relax, take in the sights, enjoy a soak, and kick back with fresh fare.

Ornaments Around Cottage Grove

Rushing creeks, scenic canyons, and waterfalls await in the Umpqua National Forest. Afterward, nosh on fresh-baked pastries, visit historic covered bridges, and more.

Snow blankets the trees and banks on both sides of a stream near Detroit Lake.

Ornaments in the Detroit Area

For the first time since 2019, we’re hiding ornaments along easy nature trails and challenging footpaths around Detroit Lake. After your hike, refuel with down-home cooking, comfortable lodgings, and dazzling scenery.

Ornaments in the Foster Lake Area

Head out from Albany and past Foster Lake to find an ornament in old-growth forests, open meadows, and along the South Santiam River. Afterward, stick around for an overnight stay.

When You Find An Ornament, Enter to Win our Grand Prize!

As soon as you find an ornament, register the information, including the ID tag number located on the back of your ornament, online.

If you find an ornament and register it by 11:59 p.m. December 31, 2022, you will be automatically entered to win this year’s grand prize.

Click here for the full contest rules.

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 and 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 this year. 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.