Weekly Update 9/15/2011

Tamolitch Pool

Specks of fall at Tamolitch Pool on the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail

A slight yellowing of the trees, a little crunch underfoot as you cut through a field, and cooler mornings are the signs of fall throughout Oregon this week. You may catch a glimpse of color on a street tree or a few yellow branches on a big leaf maple, but for the most part the fall colors have not started in Oregon. Fires continue in several National Forests, causing hazy skies and closing some campgrounds and trails. Please call 1.800.547.5445 for updated information and check tripcheck.com before heading out on to public lands.

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
The color change has not started in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Leaf watchers can see a few hints of gold in area parks and on trees in downtown Eugene. See a fiesta of colors at the 48th Annual Lane County Dahlia Show. Explore the vibrant, lush world of dahlias at this long-running flower show.
Alton Baker Park

Late summer turns to early fall in Alton Baker Park in Eugene. Image courtesy Samuel Rutledge.

The fall color change is just starting along the coastal rivers and streams. Fishermen spotted yellows along the Siuslaw River and lots of blackberries while catching their limit of fall Chinook. Divers, grab your SCUBA gear and your favorite pink accessory and head to Woahink Lake Saturday September 24 for the Dive for the Cure. Not a diver? Bring your camera to capture this colorful event.

Willamette Valley
The fall color change has not started in the Willamette Valley. Leaf watchers report some yellowing trees and leaves dropping, but mostly green colors remain. Concert-goers saw flecks of gold lining the trees while enjoying music at McMenamins Old Church & Pub in Wilsonville. The cool, dry weather makes this a great time to explore the unique farms in the fertile Willamette Valley. On September 18, enjoy homemade potato chips, lemonade, and meet some lovable alpacas at the last Summer Sunday at Alpaca Country or try your hand at spinning at the Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival on September 24.

Greater Portland
The fall colors have not started in Portland. This weekend, Portland will be a sea of pink for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Motivated? Register and enjoy a Sunday morning walk or run with a purpose along Portland’s waterfront. Not a morning person? You can still participate with Komen’s Sleep In for the Cure.

Mt. Hood/ Columbia River Gorge
The fall colors have not started on Mt. Hood or along the Columbia River Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge is still green, but with cooler mornings this week we expect to see the colors start to change in the next ten days. Some leaf watchers report hints of yellow west of Hood River; head there this weekend to see the first signs of fall in the Gorge. Fires are still affecting the Mt. Hood area. Check current conditions before heading out and expect smoky skies.

Southern Oregon
The fall colors have not started in Southern Oregon. Look for the first signs of change along the bike paths that follow the South Umpqua River and around Douglas County. Come back throughout the fall to watch the colors progress throughout the season.

Farewell Bend Park

First signs of fall at Farewell Bend Park. Image courtesy Central Oregon Visitors Association.

Central Oregon
The fall colors have not started in Central Oregon. To find a few early splashes of fall color, hike, walk or bike where clusters of aspens can be found.  Some of the best areas are along the Deschutes River in Sunriver Resort, the grounds of the High Desert Museum between Bend and Sunriver, or Black Butte Ranch west of Sisters.

Eastern Oregon
The fall colors have not started in Eastern Oregon. Take advantage of the mild temperatures this weekend to get outdoors and hunt, fish, ride or drive. Walk the Blue Mountain Crossing and step into Oregon’s pioneer history.


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