Oregon Fall Foliage Weekly Update 9/21/2013

McKenzie River by MrMattBell via Instagram

McKenzie River by MrMattBell via Instagram

Eugene Cascades & Coast
Slowly but surely we are beginning to see fall colors in the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region. Due to a lack of any frosts, the process of peaking is slowing down. A prediction for the fall colors in their peak is early October. Catch some maples turning beautiful colors of yellow, orange and gold.

Cruise down the Aufderheide Scenic Drive to catch some of these emerging colors. Also don’t miss out on the opportunity to drive the Old McKenzie Highway 242 before it closes for the season.

If you’re in the region, stop by the 15th Annual Mid-Valley Brewfest to sample the entire fall selection of delicious ales.

Oregon Coast
The fall colors continue to emerge on the Oregon Coast. Leaves are still in the beginning stage, but there has been spotting of more deep reds and emerging golds amongst the trees.

During the weekend of September 20-22, 2013, Coos Bay is holding their 39th annual Bay Area Fun Festival. Participate in events such as the Prefontaine Memorial Run or relax on the “Cruz the Coos” Car Cruise.

Willamette Valley
In Salem, the leaves are beginning to turn into a wide spectrum of colors ranging from red to orange. Spot these beautiful fall colors in various walking parks such as Salem’s Riverfront Park or Bush’s Pasture Park. Further south in Benton County, fall colors of deep red are beginning to develop.

While in Corvallis, which is located in Benton County, swing by the Soap Creek Artisan Show, September 21, 2013. Admission is free for all ages.

Oregon fall foliage on the Alsea Highway (OR Rte. 34) between Yachats and Corvallis by OregonBliss via Instagram

Oregon fall foliage on the Alsea Highway (OR Rte. 34) between Yachats and Corvallis by OregonBliss via Instagram

Greater Portland
Fall colors are beginning to emerge in the Portland area. Find hints of yellow and orange on the trees throughout the area, but expect the major peaks to begin in October. Venture into the heart of Portland for Feast Portland. The festival puts local culinary talent on display and focuses on Oregon ingredients for a full four days of delicious food.

Mt. Hood/The Gorge
We are still patiently waiting for fall colors to start changing in the Mt. Hood/The Gorge region. Take the time while the weather is warm to go explore the many great locations across Mt. Hood such as Government Camp, which is located along the Mt. Hood Scenic Route.

Central Oregon
The fall colors are still beginning to show across Central Oregon and predictions out of the area suggest that the fall colors will fully peak later than usual. As mentioned last post, trees that are experience changes include aspens and maples. The shades of reds and oranges are continuing to emerge amongst the leaves.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to check out one of the largest events Bend Oktoberfest, one of the largest events in Bend. Enjoy a vast array of delicious food, great music and an amazing atmosphere. They even offer wiener dog races!

Eastern Oregon
Word out of Eastern Oregon is that the majority of the areas are still waiting on fall color changes to begin. Those who are patient will be rewarded with some of the most diverse fall color pallets in the state.

While fall colors haven’t begun to emerge yet still journey down to Eastern Oregon and check out the La Grande Farmers Market. This market has a large range of quality local produce and meats. It also offers a great selection of live music to groove along to while shopping.

Southern Oregon
The fall colors located in the Roseburg area are beginning to develop. Spot colors such as bright yellow ranging to a deep golden amongst the maples in the area. If you head towards Crater Lake, the fall colors are just slightly beginning to develop and more time will be need before they really begin to peak.

Head to the Roseburg area this weekend to participate in the Umpqua Velo Club Vineyard Tour. Riders will experience up to 100 miles of beautiful vineyard all from the seat of your bicycle.


2 thoughts on “Oregon Fall Foliage Weekly Update 9/21/2013

  1. My wife and I are still planning on flying into Portland on October 12th and staying in the Williamette Valley until October 15th (visiting the Columbia River Gorge/Multonomah Falls area on October 13th). We will then be traveling down I-5 (with maybe a little coast driving) to Napa starting on October 15th-16th. How are we looking for the leaves this year? Are we too early? Right on time due to the hot summer? Thanks!!


  2. Hi Seth,

    Mid-October is historically peak in the Willamette Valley. Our recent rain has delayed some of the color change after we what we had expected to be an early peak, so we should be on track for the best colors to come around the time you are here.

    Have a great trip!

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