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

 

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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

 

Fall Foliage Update 10/1/201

Oregon experienced some gorgeous weather this week that really helped bring in the Autumn color. People are watching the leaves change outside their windows and taking strolls to enjoy the color. Come join them and share your experience at  #orfallfoliage today!

 

Oregon Coast

Peeking Through at the Central Coast from Cape Perpetua

The best chances of fall color will be in the coast range in higher elevations. After a very warm and dry summer, cooler temperatures are finally setting in.  The big leaf and vine maples are just beginning to show a slight change. All campgrounds and trails are open. Check out Drift Creek Falls, or hike Hart’s Cove Trail on Cascade Head.
Willamette Valley

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Photo by: Katie McGuigan

Corvallis is starting to see some reds and yellows breaking out on the trees. Take a walk down Riverfront Commemorative Park and wonder the lovely downtown area to find trees beginning to turn for Fall.

In Eugene check out the University of Oregon Campus and Autzen Stadium to catch the trees popping with stunning Fall color.

Southern Oregon

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Ashland by rhodebot via Instagram

 

Check out the local wineries and Table Rock to catch some Fall color just beginning to emerge. For a different adventure, head to Crater Lake and take in the view; if you’re lucky you might just see fresh snow fall on the deep blue water.

Central Oregon

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Deschutes River Trail by Wilderness Adventure Images via Instagram

Bend is reporting good weather and strong colors. A sign of fall, the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival takes place on Saturday, the 30th.  Live music at the Bend Roots Revival happens Friday through Sunday.  These and much more are featured on our event calendar,

http://www.visitbend.com/things-to-do/bend_oregon_events_calendar/.

 

Eastern Oregon

There is some spotty color at Jackman Park on the west side of the Steens Mountain.