'Tis the time of year to harvest the Montana Christmas tree, with, of course, your $5 permit, which you may purchase at a Ranger District office of the Gallatin National Forest.
You may also get your permit at some other Bozeman area businesses, including Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply Company, the Gateway Exxon Station, Lee and Dad's Grocery Store, and Owenhouse-Ace Hardware Store.
In ten degree, snowy weather, my husband, son, and I, in our 4x4, convoyed with some others up Bozeman's Hyalite Canyon Road, which has winter plowing.
When heading up, don't forget your shovel (a grain scoop works great), and it's always good to have four-wheel drive, chains, jumper cables, and a tow rope--hopefully only to pull others out.
We hiked in the requisite 100 feet away from the road (50 feet from streams), found and cut decent little fir trees, strapped them to our roofs, and headed home.
We hope you have a Merry Christmas!
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