Update 10/5/12

We are getting a wide range of reports from all over the state. Leaves have already reached peak or near peak fall colors at higher elevations like around Clear Lake.

Reds, oranges and yellows shine bright at Clear Lake. Thanks for the picture, Kevin Desrosiers!

Eugene, Cascades, and Coast
Rangers at the Middle Fork Ranger District are reporting near peak fall colors in the forest surrounding Oakridge. Reds from vine maples, red huckleberries, and poison oak are very noticeable. This will be a good weekend to take a drive on the Aufderheide. KGW’s Grant McComie recently featured the 60-mile scenic byway in an episode of Grant’s Getaways.Come out this Saturday and Sunday to Bohemia Park in Cottage Grove and honor Oregon’s covered bridges. The Oregon Covered Bridge Festival supports and celebrates Oregon’s bridges. This year will include the inauguration of the Oregon Covered Bridges Relay!

Coast
The color change on the Oregon Coast is still just starting. Soon we can expect a lot of reds, yellows, and oranges on the roads near the water. This week’s recommendations for good coast drives include Highway 6 East of Tillamook and the roads into the Coast Range from Coos Bay.

It is bad puns weekend on the Oregon coast. This Saturday, head out to Lincoln City for the Artober Brewfest, or out to Charleston for Octoberfish. Less punny but still fun, Newport will be hosting Jazz at Newport all weekend. If you were inspired by our post about birding, there will be a guided birding trip on the South Slough near Charleston this Saturday.

Willamette Valley
The color change in the Willamette Valley is still in its beginning stages. Travel Salem recommends some local state parks like Champoeg State Park and Willamette Mission State Park for good views and bucolic atmospheres.

History will be made and told this weekend in Salem, with the grand opening of the Oregon State Hospital Museum. This part of Oregon’s story will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday. Also happening in Salem this weekend is Quiltopia, where textiles will be shown in both contemporary and traditional forms.

Greater Portland
The street trees of Portland are near peak. Walk the streets of Portland or go for a long walk through Washington Park or Forest Park.

This Saturday, Portland area winemakers will be hosting guests interested in helping with and learning about the wine making process. The North Willamette Harvest Trail and Grand Tasting will take visitors to three local wineries and culminate in a grand tasting. If cheese is more up your alley, head out to The Wedge: Portland Celebrates Cheese Festival for cheese samples and classes on pairings and fresh cheese making. Then on Sunday, run in the Portland Marathon or Stride through the zoo!

Mt Hood/ The Gorge
Mt. Hood National Forest has fall colors from near peak at the lower elevations to peak at some of the higher elevations. Rangers recommend the Salmon River Trail for fall colors. Jonsrud View Point in Sandy is a local favorite.

Drive along the Gorge this weekend and get some sightseeing in during these last warm days. If the weather is nice, look out from the Crown Point Vista House at the river below, or head out to The Dalles and explore the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Central Oregon
There have been cold nights and warm sunny days in Bend and colors are near peak.
This weekend Bend will be celebrating fall with their Bend Fall Festival. A fine artist’s promenade and a home brew contest are a couple of the many activities planned. The High Desert Museum in Bend is always a favorite.

Southern Oregon
The leaves are just starting to change in Southern Oregon. Once the colors have changed, folks in Roseburg recommend that you head East highway 138 for beautiful colors and waterfalls. Look for hints of fall around Crater Lake.

Thank you Cindi Duran Ewert for sharing this beautiful shot of Crater Lake!

This weekend will be full of swell swill in southern Oregon. Grants Pass will be exhibiting some local beer and wine at the 3rd Annual Tap Walk. In Roseburg, you can enjoy beautiful views of Abacela’s Vineyard while you sip on wine and listen to music at the Abacela’s Harvest Blues Music Series.

Eastern Oregon
Word from eastern Oregon is that the color change is still in its beginning phases. Locals love to drive around Anthony Lake near Baker City, or along Prairie Creek Road near Joseph, once the fall colors have peaked. The colors have already come alive in Hells Canyon.

A breathtaking shot of Hells Canyon from Timothy Bishop at Base Camp Baker

Orange and yellow glows in Baker City from Timothy Bishop at Base Camp Baker

For a taste of the old west, Baker City is hosting the Historic Baker City Fall Festival. Enjoy live music and horse drawn hay rides, or participate in a Dutch oven cook-off or a pie eating contest. For art and storytelling go to the Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa in Joseph.

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