Weekly Foliage Update 10/29/09

Fall colors are best this week in the Columbia River Gorge, Southern Oregon and Central Oregon. The colors in the mountains throughout Oregon are changing from vibrate reds and yellows to white with early snow. Hwy 242 is now closed and other seasonal roads will soon follow. Check road conditions and weather before heading to the mountains on TripCheck.com or by calling 511.

Southern Oregon, 800-448-4856 for visitor information


The color change is at its peak in Southern Oregon. View the vibrant reds around Fish Lake from a boat or take in the oranges along Jacksonville’s many woodland trails. This is a great week to visit Jacksonville’s historic cemetery.

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge, 888-622-4822 for visitor information

The color change is at its peak in the Columbia River Gorge. The colors are starting to fade on Mt. Hood. Drive the Historic Columbia River Highway from Troutdale to Crown Point State Park for views of the Gorge and then continue on to Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s tallest waterfall.

Central Oregon, 800-800-8334 for visitor information

The colors are starting to fade in Central Oregon. Some golds, rusts, and reds are still lingering. Put on a few extra layers and head to Gold Lake with your canoe, or wander through Bend’s Shevlin Park.       

Willamette Valley, 800.547.5445 for visitor information


The color change is starting to fade in the Willamette Valley. The falling leaves make this a great time to run, walk, or ride along the Willamette River in Eugene. Take in the late season colors as you drive through swirling leaves on Hwy 22 east of Salem.

Eastern Oregon, 800-332-1843 for visitor information
The colors are starting to fade in Eastern Oregon. Golden Tamaracks stand out against a light dusting of snow in the mountains, and oranges are still visible throughout the area.

Greater Portland, 800.962.3700 for visitor information
The colors are starting to fade in the greater Portland area. The fall color peaked last week, and the leaves are beginning to fall, but oranges and yellows are still prevalent throughout the area.  Take in the colors while strolling through the Portland Japanese Garden.

Oregon Coast, 888.628.2101 for visitor information
The colors along the Oregon Coast are starting to fade. Heavy rains and wind stripped leaves from the trees, blanketing the roads and trails in yellow, orange, and brown leaves. Don’t distress, fading fall colors mean that the winter storm watching season is just around the corner.

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