Oregon is a patchwork of color despite most of the state reporting color change that is past peak. Many native Oregonians find that the week after peak color change is the best time to view fall colors. This is the week to kick, crunch and toss leaves while exploring roads and trails around the state. Weather this week ranges from clear, mild afternoons in the valley to snow in the mountains, so check road conditions at Tripcheck.com before heading outdoors.
Eugene, Cascades & Coast
The leaves are past peak color change in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. There is snow in the upper Cascades. Gold, red, yellow and brown leaves swirl beneath tires and feet along roads and paths throughout the region. The perfect drive this weekend is the leisurely, quiet drive through peaceful hills and yellow alder leaves along Highway 36. Begin at Highway 99 in Junction City, and follow Highway 36 to the junction with Highway 126 at Mapleton. From Mapleton, follow Highway 126 to dinner in Old Town Florence and a cozy night in a hotel or bed and breakfast.
Color change is past peak and almost over along the coast. Spot a few pockets of color along coastal rivers and in towns along the coast. Walk historic old town North Bend or the Amanda’s Trail that connects Cape Perpetua and Yachats to glimpse the last of the coast’s fall colors.
The leaves are past peak color change in the Willamette Valley but still beautiful along the rural roads through Oregon’s wine country, where cozy tasting rooms offer world-class Pinot noir and breathtaking views of fallen leaves and golden hillsides.
The color change is past peak in the greater Portland area, but still gorgeous. The Japanese Garden is stunning right now. Our friends at the Travel Portland Visitor Center recommend taking one of the walking tours through Portland as a way to see the remaining fall colors and learn about Portland’s colorful history.
Mt. Hood/ Columbia River Gorge
The color change on Mt. Hood is past peak and the Columbia River Gorge is at peak change near Multnomah Falls. Travel the Infinity Loop around Mt Hood and through the Columbia River Gorge, stopping at Timberline Lodge for a walk with Bruno, their 150-pound mascot. Continue on to hike Oneonta Trail to Triple Falls for beautiful views.
The colors in southern Oregon are past peak change. There is still a lot of gold and red around Grants Pass and south to Ashland. Our leaf watchers at Discover Klamath Falls recommend the Crater Lake Highway, Highway 62, as a great drive before color change ends in the next two weeks. There is still a lot of color along the Umpqua River on Highway 138, the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway.
The color change is past peak in Central Oregon. Warm afternoons are forecasted for Thursday and Friday before turning cool again on Saturday. Grab your bike, your horse, or your boots and enjoy a surprisingly warm November afternoon on the Deschutes River Trail, where parallel trails are dedicated to cyclists, equestrians, and hikers.
The color change is past peak in Eastern Oregon and will soon be over. More than half of the leaves have dropped in most of eastern Oregon, but the Tamarack are still changing in northeastern Oregon. For a nice November hike, try the South Fork Imnaha Trail at Indian Crossing in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest. In southeastern Oregon, tour near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Princeton, Oregon.