Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/26/2014

Near Mt. Hood by wahkeenaphotos via Instagram

Near Mt. Hood by wahkeenaphotos via Instagram

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
The leaves are slowly beginning to turn in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. The first official day of autumn brought rain, but this weekend’s forecast calls for better weather. Grab the family and hit the road. Along the McKenzie River you will see gold in the big leaf maples and other broad leaf trees. It may still be a little wet so take a hike under the canopy that covers the McKenzie River Trail. Any direction you head, you are bound to find one of the more than 50 local farms and produce stands along the way.

Don’t have enough time to make it out of the city? With new students arriving, the Eugene Saturday Market and the University of Oregon will both be teeming with energy. Meander through the vibrant booths of art and farm fresh produce downtown or take in the 3,000+ trees that make the UO campus an arboretum. While on campus, stop by Sunday’s Fall Festival at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

Compete in the World’s Shortest Bike Race, a 13.1 foot (yes, foot) race Sunday at Falling Sky Brewing’s Oak Alley location.

Oregon Coast
The vine maples along the Oregon Coast have just begun changing colors. Peak is about two weeks away. Hike around Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, where the forest meets the sea. Make your way up Highway 101 to the Tillamook Forest Center where they are holding classes on the Patterns of Nature and Tracking in Tillamook area.
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Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/19/2014

McKenzie Hwy 242, image credit: Karen Roberts

McKenzie Hwy 242, image credit: Karen Roberts

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Fall colors are just starting to appear in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. The vine maples in the lava flow up on the high elevations of Highway 126 and Old McKenzie Highway 242 are the best bet for visitors this week. The striking contrast of the colors against the deep charcoal lava on Highway 242 and the glow of early fall yellows along the Covered Bridge Tour Route and Scenic Bikeway in Cottage Grove make this region a photographers dream this week. Don’t miss the Oregon Covered Bridge Festival in Cottage Grove on Friday and Saturday.

Note – Some trail closures are still in effect near Oakridge due to the Deception Creek Fire. Check the Willamette National Forest website for current conditions. The trails in the McKenzie Ranger District are open and in great condition.

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Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/12/2014

Hwy 242 near Dee Wright Observatory

Hwy 242 near Dee Wright Observatory

Our fabulous fall colors just landed us on the Huffington Post’s 5 Best Places to See the Leaves Change Color this Fall! The mention gets us even more excited for what’s to come in the next few weeks. The sweet summer sun continues to blanket Oregon in above-average temperatures, delaying the onset of the transformation. Weekend forecasts call for high winds, and a Red Flag Advisory is in effect through Sunday night from Portland south through the Willamette Valley and the Cascade Mountains. Check with TripCheck before you go to avoid travel delays.
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