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Spruce Mountain Christmas Tree Cutting

Yes, there are a lot of pines and Douglas firs on Spruce Mountain, but many of them are too crowded and are planned to be thinned.  Here is an opportunity for you to have a great hike, find your fresh, uniquely-shaped holiday tree to take home to decorate, and give the rest of the trees plenty of room to grow.

Participants are reminded:  

  • Hike times are at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Arrive 5-10 minutes before your reserved time, ready to hike. The group will leave together.  If you arrive late for your registered time, you will lose your reservation slot.
  • Bring a saw
  • Dress for the weather – Footwear for the occasion (the north side of the mountain holds snow for quite a long time)
  • Have your tree approved by Open Space staff or volunteers before cutting
  • Select a tree that needs to be thinned (growing too close to others)
  • Make sure the tree is at least 20 feet from the trail
  • Cut the tree flush to the ground. If the tree is a bit tall, cut off the remaining part at the base and scatter the lower trunk.
  • Remember you will need to carry your tree back to the parking area, about 1/2 mile from most of the cutting area.
  • Bring twine to hold your tree to your vehicle

This is a one-time opportunity. Sorry, no trees may be cut by the public at other times.  Enjoy hot chocolate, cider, and cookies when you return.

Directions to Douglas County Open Space at Spruce Mountain

From I-25, take the Larkspur Exit. Drive south on Spruce Mountain Road for about 6 miles; there should be several cars parked at the trailhead on the right. Use vehicles with adequate clearance and traction if we have much snow.