The change in weather over the last week jump started fall colors throughout Oregon. Within the next week we expect to see peak color change in the higher elevations of the Cascades, so now is the time to get a late season mountain biking or hiking trip in. Whether its fishing on the Siuslaw, cycling Hells Canyon All American Road, or golfing in Sunriver, plan a weekend getaway to take advantage of the great weather forecasted for this weekend!
Oregon Coast, 888.628.2101 for visitor information
The color change is just starting in Coast Range. The big leaf maples are yellowing and a few vine maples are red and orange. This region is a few weeks from peak color change. Later this month Ft. Clatsop will be a great destination for viewing fall colors on the northern coast.
Willamette Valley, 800.547.5445 for visitor information
The color change is just starting in the Willamette Valley and approaching peak in the higher elevations of the Cascades. In the higher elevations, the cherry red vine maples are a beautiful contrast against the black volcanic lava fields and snowy mountains peaks in the distance. The big leaf maples are showing splashes of gold and burnt orange especially in the lower elevations along Highways 126, 20, 22. For a beautiful drive and great fall colors drive the Aufderheide, Forest Road 19 (West Cascades Scenic Byway) to Box Canyon.
Greater Portland, 800.962.3700 for visitor information
The color change is just starting in the Greater Portland area. Most of the trees are colored in light greens and golds, but over the West Hills, some trees are beginning to turn copper at their tips. Visit the Portland Japanese Garden to view fall colors this week.
Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge, 888-622-4822 for visitor information
The color change is just beginning for the lower Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge region. In Oregon’s Mt Hood Territory the trees are a mixture of green, gold, and red with a lot of green still holding on. Stroll along the walking paths by the little Pudding River in Canby, where the lush foliage keeps the banks dark and the lighter leaves easily stand out. In the Columbia River Gorge there are some yellow trees mixed with the green.
Southern Oregon, 800-448-4856 for visitor information
The color change is just starting in Southern Oregon. Yellows are appearing in the Umpqua National Forest and along Brice Creek Rd 22. Along the North Umpqua Highway 138, the vine and sugar maples are pretty near Toketee Falls.
Central Oregon, 800-800-8334 for visitor information
The color change is just starting in Central Oregon. Many trees are still green but the maples and burning bush are starting to turn crimson and the aspen are turning golden. See these quaking trees as you drive to Sunriver Resort from Century Drive to the main lodge. View an array of fall colors along Mt. Washington Drive in Bend.
Eastern Oregon, 800-332-1843 for visitor information
The color change is just beginning in Eastern Oregon. Current fall colors for eastern Oregon are soft yellows, mixed with orange, and the mountains have snow! For this week, it is a perfect time to put on the boots and visit one of Eastern Oregon’s fine ranches to ride, gather cows off the range, or work on your horsemanship skills while the tamaracks change to rusty orange overhead. Bikers, both motorcyles and bicycles, will love winding along Eastern Oregon’s many scenic byways, and particularly enjoy the sumac along the Hells Canyon All American Road.