Update 10/19/12

Eugene Cascades and Coast
The fall colors in Eugene and the Coast Range are nearing peak, while the colors in the Cascades have sprinted ahead and are at peak fall color. Rangers in the McKenzie Ranger District recommend a hike to Koosah and Sahalie Falls or a drive along the Santiam Pass or the Old McKenzie Pass for fall color viewing at higher elevations.

Top of Sahalie Falls

Discover the fall colors as you search for hidden treasures on the McKenzie River GeoTour. The trail launches Saturday at 9 a.m. with a Geocaching 101 Class at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center. Join us to learn more about this exciting new adventure.

Eugene will also be hosting a plethora of fun events this weekend, including the Eugene UketoberFest, Eugene’s 150th Birthday Party, and the Eugene International Film Festival.

Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast is reporting peak fall colors, and with heavy winds, locals recommend that visitors head out as soon as possible to see them. Coast visitors should head up to the Yachats Village Mushroom Fest, where they will have an opportunity to enjoy tasty wild mushrooms or take workshops on using mushrooms as dye.

Willamette Valley
The Willamette Valley is peaking near Salem, and in some of the surrounding hills the colors are starting to fade. Folks in Salem recommend a drive along Highway 22, or a walk through some of Salem’s urban parks for a pleasant viewing experience.

Salem kicks off its 13 Nights of Halloween tonight with a zombie march on the capital. The fun and freaky activities continue on to Halloween.

Greater Portland
Portland is almost at peak fall colors. Take a walk through an urban park, or along the city streets, to see some spectacular yellows.

Hoyt Arboretum (courtesy: Ellen Claxton)

This weekend, Portland is hosting The Great American Distiller’s Festival. Hit the water at the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta in Tualatin.

Mt Hood/ The Gorge
Mt Hood is still holding its peak fall color. Take a drive along the Infinity Loop soon, before the rain makes picture taking difficult. This weekend the Hood River Valley Harvest Festival and Gorge Fruit & Craft Festival offer lots of activities and shopping.

Central Oregon
Trees in Central Oregon are nearing peak, and residents are raving about the golden aspens around town. Shevlin Park, the Twin Bridges Loop, and Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Ride, are all great places to ride your bike and take photos.

Deschutes River, south of Bend (courtesy: Nils Eddy)

Also Black Butte Ranch has many lovely trees, and will be hosting Fall Photography in the Aspens this weekend. Other events happening this weekend in Bend, for visitors and locals alike, include Jazz at the Oxford Hotel and Pumpkin Patch and the Corn Maize.

Eastern Oregon
Eastern Oregon is almost at peak fall colors. Eastern Oregonians are very proud of their tamaracks (or larchs), deciduous conifers that will twist your understanding of what a deciduous tree is. Residents recommend Hwy 224 along the Grande Ronde River, or the Historic Homes Walking tour through the oldest part of La Grande for fall colors.

Union County

Baker County, (courtesy: Base Camp Baker)

This weekend La Grande will be hosting the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, which will include 20 films and three bands.

Southern Oregon
The trees in Southern Oregon are almost at peak near Roseburg, but the Rogue Valley is still in the early parts of the transition. Locals recommend that you get out and explore the area’s wineries or take a stroll in Lithia Park. The Land of the Umpqua also has six lovely covered bridges, which make lovely centerpieces of any fall foliage photo.

Pass Creek Bridge

Rochester Bridge

The drive from Klamath Falls up to Crater Lake is also showing some amazing colors.
This weekend Roseburg is hosting the Umpqua Brew Fest, and Grants Pass brings the past to life with their Graveyard Tour.


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