Oregon Fall Foliage Update – 10/20/2017

Welcome to the high season! Parts of Oregon are officially experiencing peak this week. Check out the update on spots we’ve heard are popping below, and follow along on #ORFallFoliage to keep up with the color change!

Willamette Valley

The Aufderheide Scenic Drive (Forest Service Road 19) is open! Enjoy this fall foliage packed 60-mile drive connecting Rainbow and Westfir.  If starting on the McKenzie River side, make sure to full up on gas at the nearby Blue Sky Market.

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An Autumn view on the Aufderheide Scenic Byway – from Nikki Swanson

Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s Oregon Ash trees are at peak with the lime green fading into lemon yellows.  Stay tuned for the Big-leaf Maple which should be turning any time now. Enjoy all these colors by walking the Riverbank Trail at the Arboretum.  This weekend check out their Scarecrow Building and Pumpkin Carving Workshop.

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Mount Pisgah changing into fall shades – by August Jackson

Also in Eugene, Maurie Jacobs Park has some beautiful leaves starting to fall along the Ruth Bascom Bike Path.

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Maurie Jacobs Park in beautiful Fall colors – by Deigh Bates

Corvallis is enjoying tons of brilliant red and orange blazes, mixed in with some remaining green and a bit of gold and brown right now. Hit the back roads for a color tour and head up Mary’s Peak before the snow closes the road for the year. Philomath Open Studios (http://www.philomathopenstudios.com/) this weekend and next – tour the back roads around Philomath, see some gorgeous color as you drive, and check out the art studios of working artists. You can meet the artists, tour their workspaces, and listen to them discuss their processes.

 

Southern Oregon

The Medford area is almost to peak level of fall foliage. Hit the local hiking trails to see the dark reds and golden yellows, Table Rock, Fir Glade Trail or Barr Creek Falls would all be excellent choices!

Running Y Ranch Resort near Klamath Falls has some amazing color shining though the leaves this week. Walk around the beautiful Moore Park or enjoy a round of golf at the resort.

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Arrays of Fall foliage showing in Klamath Falls – by Cheyenne Lundsten

Central Oregon

Bend is still glowing in fall colors, head over to Shevlin Park to bask in the aspens!

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Shades of yellow shine in Bend – by Darlene Ashley

Greater Portland

This weekend only, experience the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta! This yearly event sees costumed contestants hitting the water in their 1,000 pound pumpkin boats!  More free family fun is happening on the sidelines. Enjoy a costume contest, live music, face painting, and a pie eating contest just to name a few things. Located just 13 miles (21 km) southwest of downtown Portland, Tualatin is a great starting point for an autumn adventure in the Willamette Valley.

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Oregon Fall Foliage Update 10/13/2017

It’s a stunning week for fall color here in Oregon!  Green shades in the trees are being replaced with vivid hues of red, yellow, and orange. As the cooler weather slips in, towns all across the state are preparing harvest festivals and holiday festivities.  Whether you want to drive a misty back road, hike though changing trees, or find the perfect pumpkin; we have something for you.

Willamette Valley

  • It’s a great time of the year to just walk around downtown Salem, visit stores, try new restaurants, tour the Capitol grounds and explore the historic district. You’ll see plenty of color along the way. While you are at it, check out the harvest festivals in the Marion/Polk County area. Hike around Minot Brown Island Park in Salem to experience what fall as to offer. Almost every tree has started to turn this week, with some vibrant shades of yellow and red.
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Leaves turning in Salem – by Emily Crilley

  • Visit Corvallis and Tour the OSU campus! Lots of beautiful reds right now. You can find plenty of lovely fall color in the Riverfront Commemorative Park along First Street. Note: Oct. 14 also marks homecoming for the university and its 150th anniversary
  • In Eugene walk around the downtown area and bask in the trees lining the streets, or get above the city and count the changing trees from Spencer’s Butte. Saturday and Sunday are perfect days to ride a bike along the Ruth Bascom River Path.
  • Now is the time to drive up HWY 58 and catch fall colors in the vicinity of Oakridge/Westfir area. A few highlights to see at this time are Salt Creek Falls and Waldo Lake. For the off-pavement type – a trip up to Blair Lake or Huckleberry Lookout is warranted. The maples are turning yellow, but the vine maples are the real star. They can turn orange, red and/or yellow. Please note that Forest Service Roads are not maintained for winter use and you may find snow at the higher elevations.
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Yellow shades popping on the Oakridge/Westfir area near the Middle Fork Trail – by Katie Isacksen

Greater Portland

The Portland Japanese Garden welcomed in fall color this week. Also, Hoyt Arboretum exploded with fiery reds and yellows. For a trail with a view, check out Forest Park’s system of trails.  After you are done, head over to Sauvie Island and walk through the Maize at the Pumpkin Patch.

Southern Oregon

Medford is almost to peak fall colors. This weekend check out the many hues of red, orange and yellows by visiting the local wineries or stop by a pumpkin patch.  Enjoy the great outdoors with a hike along the Metolius River.

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Autumn color showing up along the Metoleous River – from photographer Deigh Bates

 

Central Oregon

Smith Rock State Park is a beautiful place to be right now, enjoy the passing stream and gaze out onto the fall colors.

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Fall tones at Smith Rock – from photographer Darlene Ashley

With temperatures at or below freezing this past week, Bend has seen changes in the fall foliage around town.  Some trees are at their peak, some are just beginning, while a few are losing their leaves with the windy conditions today.  Bend is receiving some smoke from the wildfires in Northern California.  But, it doesn’t detract from the lovely fall foliage.

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Color shifting in areas of downtown Bend – from Visit Bend

 

Oregon Fall Foliage Update 10.6.2017

Here we are in week 4 of our Oregon Fall Foliage Season, the trees are changing and days are getting colder.  We estimate that peak will be near to Mid-October across the state this year, so check back next week when we anticipate to get our first reports of peak fall foliage colors!

Are you seeing amazing fall colors? Let us know by using #ORFallFoliage and check out this link here to become an Oregon Leaf Reporter.

Greater Portland Area

Trees are starting to change in neighborhoods and downtown! Make sure to check out the Portland Japanese Garden this year, a report last week says that they’re still anticipating color change in a few weeks but that it should be beautiful. So keep an eye on it!

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Color change from a NE Portland neighborhood – from photographer Gail Black

Willamette Valley

We have some beautiful color though out the Willamette Valley.  In Salem explore the downtown connected park system; at 1,200 acres Minto-Brown Park is great for fall foliage enjoy the series of trails perfect for walking, running or biking. In Springfield, head to Dorris Ranch and walk through the oldest filbert tree farm in the United States. With access to the Willamette River, watch the fall leaves float slowly downstream.

 

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Color showing up in Salem’s Downtown area – from Travel Salem

Southern Oregon

Fall colors are almost at peak in Roseburg.  The yellow orange and gold tones are showing though hues of green along the hillside.  Check out Roseburg’s downtown for a variety of trees showing off their fall colors.  Another great option is to enjoy a walk at Stewart Park’s walking and biking path that runs along the South Umpqua River. Near Klamath Falls, the Running Y Ranch is reporting the starting stages of Fall color! Check out the local pumpkin patch and farmers market for fun actives this weekend.

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RunningY Ranch seeing colors change in Southern Oregon – from photographer Cheyenne Lundsten

Central Oregon

Bend is enjoying sunny weather without the smoke, fewer crowds, fall foliage and the snow-capped Three Sisters.  Next week offers a lot to do, with Historic Haunt tours with the Deschutes Historical Museum, BendFilm Festival, Fresh Hops on the Pond at Bend Brewing, Pumpkins Patches and Corn Maize at Smith Rock Ranch, as well as the ongoing Bend Ale Trail.  These are just events you can see on our event calendar, http://www.visitbend.com/things-to-do/bend_oregon_events_calendar/.

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Bend showing autumn shades popping up in town – from Visit Bend