Eugene Cascades & Coast
Fall foliage has slowed in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. The higher elevations remain the best places to see the most dramatic changes. Now is the time to drive the Old McKenzie Pass Highway (OR-242) – the red vine maples pop against the lava fields. The road closes once the snow starts to fall, so visit www.TripCheck.com for updated road conditions.
While you wait for the leaves to change in the lower elevations, explore the many fun fall events that are happening. Hop aboard the “Hayflower” and pick your perfect pumpkin at Colonial Harvest Days at Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm in Pleasant Hill. This festival lasts throughout October.
The Oregon Coast is slowly starting to see some color variations, with alders and maples just beginning to turn. Explore Highway 6 to find a corridor of yellows and reds. This drive takes you through the Northern Oregon Coast Range, along the Wilson River and through Tillamook State Forest.
Stop by Waldport onSaturday, September 28, 2013, for Cruzin for Crab, a car show extravaganza packed with entertainment and fresh crab.
Just like last week, Salem reports beautiful reds emerging from their trees. Stop by WineStyles in Corvallis on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 4:00- 7:30 p.m. for the Port, Madeira and Digestive Tasting.
The greater Portland area is still quite green. Don’t let the expected rain ruin your fall weekend. Bundle up and head out to the Saturday Market or take a trolley tour of Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge. These tours end October 6, 2013, so don’t delay!
Mt. Hood/ The Gorge
There doesn’t seem to be too much noticeable progression in the fall colors in this particular region.
The drop in temperatures during the past week helped slow color changes on the deciduous trees Central Oregon. The natural high desert grasses and plants in the Crooked River National Grasslands just outside of Madras are showing signs of early change. The mountain passes in this region have some trees in full color right now.
The Deschutes Land Trust is offering Fall Colors Hikes in different locations throughout Central Oregon. Hikes are scheduled for October 6, 17, and 19, 2013. In Bend, the trees along Mt. Washington Drive and Colorado Avenue, as well as the trees in downtown are beginning to change.
Fall colors are still in their very beginning stages in Eastern Oregon. The best place to see color right now is along the foothills of the Wallowas along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. Find lemony yellow tamaracks on the Elkhorn Scenic Byway.
Book your Fall Colors Train ride on the Sumpter Valley Railroad. The vintage train travels through the heart of Eastern Oregon’s gold country.
The cottonwoods along the Umpqua River in Roseburg are starting to turn to golden yellows. Stroll through Stewart Park for yellow and red maples. The North Umpqua Ranger District reports more yellows and reds on the drive east along Highway 138. Expect this region to peak in mid to late October.