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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Oregon Fall Foliage Update 9/5/2014

Waldo Lake Wilderness

Waldo Lake Wilderness

Summer is taking its sweet time this year, sending temperatures soaring into the mid 90s in the first week of September. Fall is slowly creeping in, bringing crisp nights and mornings, so the leaves are inching towards their autumn glory.

This is prime weather for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a landmark conservation bill that protects nearly 110 million acres from coast to coast. Wilderness celebrations are planned around the state this weekend. Continue reading