Weekly Foliage Update 11/05/09

Fall colors make us think of school spirit. Before the last leaves drift to the ground, get out there and snap a photo of a tree with your school’s colors. We’ve spotted a few trees ducked out in green and yellow but we know there are Oregon State orange trees and Western crimson trees out there. Post photos to our Oregon Fall Foliage Flickr group or Tweet them to us @ORFallFoliage on Twitter.

Fall is fading into winter. Check road conditions and weather before heading to the mountains on TripCheck.com or by calling 511. Next week’s update will be our last of the season and include reasons to look forward to winter.

Southern Oregon, 800-448-4856 for visitor information

The colors are starting to fade in Southern Oregon. Stroll through Lithia Park in Ashland or Jacksonville’s historic cemetery.

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

The colors are starting to fade in the Columbia River Gorge and lower portions of the Mt. Hood Territory. The colors have never changed so fast in the Columbia River Gorge. Heavy rains and winds hit shortly after the leaves started to change in the Gorge. There are lots of yellows but very few reds. The occasional red sumac delights photographers.  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. Colors range from crimson and plum to rusty brown. There are still some glimpses of gold and red, but they are sadly fading and falling fast. Hike along the Deschutes River Trail between Dillon and Benham falls to see some of the remaining pockets of fall color, or further north to Shevlin Park. Drive around the hills west of downtown Bend to see deciduous trees with lingering fall color.

Willamette Valley, 800.547.5445 for visitor information

The color change is starting to fade in the Willamette Valley. Leaves on trees and blowing along the roads are gold, yellow, red and burnt orange. The best colors are at the lower elevations. This is the week for a country drive along Hwy 36 from Junction City past Triangle Lake to Mapleton, or a drive along the Over the Rivers and Through the Woods Scenic Byway, Hwy 20 from Brownsville. Avoid predicted snow showers at Tombstone pass by turning around at Mountain House, where the road pulls away from the river.

Eastern Oregon, 800-332-1843 for visitor information
The colors are starting to fade or are done throughout most of Eastern Oregon. In the higher elevations of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, a few tamaracks are in full yellow color. Drive the Hells Canyon All American Road and Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway.

Greater Portland, 800.962.3700 for visitor information
The colors are starting to fade in the greater Portland area. Walk Portland’s southwest Park Blocks as leaves fall to the ground in shades of red, yellow and brown.

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. Study the turbulent shades of gray this weekend while storm watching from a beach front room.


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