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Douglas firs are among the most popular Christmas trees this side of the North Pole. But where else…

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Douglas firs are among the most popular Christmas trees this side of the North Pole. But where else can you enjoy them other than on Christmas tree farms? Try the Matt Davis Trail on Mt. Tam. Sections of the trail beam with these coniferous beauties. Make it a 7-mile loop, starting at the Pantoll Ranger Station and landing on Stinson Beach; grab a snack there, then hike back up the Steep Ravine and Dipsea Trails. Classic holiday hike accomplished!

Unlike the Douglas fir, the Monterey pine is a species native only to a small range of coastal regions in California, making it a rare find in these parts. It also makes a lovely Christmas tree with its skyward-pointing branches and mint-green needles. Want to ride your two-wheel sleigh among these coastal wonders? These fast-growing pines line Waddel Canyon (pictured) on the path to Berry Creek Falls in Big Basin State Park. Bring your bike and embark on one of our favorite bike-n-hikes: 4 miles of easy rolling followed by a 1-mile hike, inhaling the fresh scent of rare pine all the way. Fa-la-la-la-lovely!

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