Eugene Cascades and Coast
Eugene and the coast are currently at peak fall colors while the Cascades are starting to fade. Head out to a local waterfall or covered bridge for excellent fall foliage pictures. Also this Sunday is the Mt Pisgah Mushroom Festival, famous for being one of the largest displays of mushrooms on the West Coast. Head out to the arboretum for fall foliage, food, music, and mushrooms.
News from the coast is that the fall colors are near or at peak. Astoria will be holding Halloween Activities this weekend. Visit their haunted library, or take a walk through some haunted woods.
The Willamette Valley is currently at peak fall foliage! For stunning fall photos, walk through Timberline Park (Albany) or through their four historic districts.
Before you head out, stop by the Albany Visitors Association, and pick up a copy of their walking tour. Then, if you are bold, legend tells of an Abandoned Granary in Carlton, where a headless horseman haunts inhabitants. Visit this weekend if you dare. The 13 Nights of Halloween continues on until the 31st.
Fall Foliage in Portland is currently near peak. Hoyt Arboretum and the Japanese Gardens are good spots for leaf peeping.
The Greater Portland area is hosting some spectacular events this weekend. Fight MS at the Halloween Race at the Reserve, or sip on wines selected for their spooky pasts at the Wines of Halloween. Now would also be a good time to take a tour of the Portland Underground.
Mt. Hood / The Gorge
Mt Hood is starting to fade, while the Gorge is experiencing peak fall foliage right now, though some leaves are starting to come down. The Vista House is closed for repairs, and there are a lot of road repairs going on in the area, so locals recommend that you exit onto Highway 30 at Exit 37 and then drive the historic highway. On sunny days at ten o’clock, the sun is hitting the water and the rocks and trees on both sides of the river for an awesome sight.
On Sunday, Multnomah Falls is having a Salmon Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Hood River will host the Columbia Gorge Marathon.
The fall foliage in Central Oregon is starting to fade with snow and showers in Central Oregon expediting the loss of leaves. However, Bend is still offering a fun festival this weekend, the Halloween Cyclocross Crusade of Bend. Head out to Deschutes Brewery in the Old Mill District for this race that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Eastern Oregon trees are at or past peak. La Grande is saying that snow has fallen taking some leaves with it. Head out and see those tamaracks and aspen while you still can.
The Umpqua Valley is a pinch past peak, while other Southern Oregon valleys are experiencing near peak colors. If you head higher up leaves are at peak or starting to fade. Crater Lake has a lot of snow, but that is no excuse to not go up and snowshoe around. That and the drive up from Klamath Falls has great fall foliage, catch it quick, it is starting to fade. Southern Oregon will be putting on many events this weekend, and we would like to highlight TAP: The Show in Grants Pass, The Fall Artisan Fair in Klamath Falls, and Henry Goes Halloween in Umpqua.