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It's the Annual Willamette Valley Ornament Hunt

Where To Find Ornaments | Winter Safety | Planning Tips | Register Your Ornament | Purchase an Ornament

It’s time once again for one of the Willamette Valley’s most beloved traditions: the sixth annual Willamette Valley Ornament Hunt, taking place across the Willamette National Forest and Umpqua National Forest.

Between November 17 and Dec. 31, 2023, two hundred locally-crafted wooden ornaments will be hidden along trails in both forests—where eagle-eyed hikers can seek them out and register to win this year’s grand prize, which includes a two-night getaway in the Willamette Valley.

Here’s where to find an ornament—and how to have fun this holiday season:

Thank you for your interest in the 2023 Ornament Hunt! The event has ended, and we hope you had fun and made lasting memories! Check back in November 2024, when we'll unveil the trails for next year's search!

Before heading out:

Note that Forest Service roads and trailhead parking areas are not plowed—so if they're not passable or are unreachable, do not park along busy roads or highways.

More Winter Safety Tips

At last, it’s time to find your ornament. Here are a few guidelines for your search:

  • We’ve placed ornaments all along trails—at eye level or lower—but never in places that require you to go off trail. Stay on marked trails at all times.

  • Veteran hikers should look for ornaments further along trails so less experienced visitors can grab more easily accessible ornaments.

  • Please follow the Leave No Trace principles to stay safe and protect our forests.

  • Please take one ornament per household so fellow hikers can claim their own.

  • Share your adventure with us on social media by using the following hashtags: #FindYourOrnament, #FindYourTrail, #IwonderWV, #pnwonderland, and #willamettenationalforest

Curious to learn more? Check out our Ornament Hunt FAQ, which contains tips, resources, and answers to common questions.

Your adventure begins with the official Willamette Valley Travel Guide. Request your complimentary printed guide or download a digital guide today.

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