Oregon Fall Foliage Weekly Update 10/5/2013

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
All of the rain in the last few weeks has continued the reluctance of the Eugene trees to change, plaguing us with a lack of fall colors. In higher elevations and sporadically throughout the valley, you can find vine maples that are starting to turn to a yellow-red, as well as some of the Oregon ashes turning to an off yellow. If things keep up like this, you can expect to see the fall peak in the Eugene area in the next two to three weeks.

Celebrate everything autumn at the Oregon Covered Bridge Festival today, October 5, 2013 in Cottage Grove. Watch pumpkins be catapulted hundreds of feet, take a leisurely hot air balloon ride to see the natural landscape, or take a tour (self guided, or with a local historian) of the covered bridges. With a forecast of sunshine expected today, there is no reason to not stop by the Oregon Covered Bridge Festival to enjoy the celebration.

Oregon Coast
At this time there hasn’t been much change within the town of Florence, but if you drive along Highway 126 between Eugene and Florence, you will see some lavish fall colors. While some trees are nearing their peak and other are just starting, it is definitely worth the scenic trip.

Down towards Coos Bay you can also see some trees turning mostly to a mixture of reds and oranges. The drive, just south of Coos Bay from Charleston to Bandon, will prove to be a memorable one. If you are looking to experience some outdoor fun around Coos Bay, pick some pumpkins up at Mahaffy Ranch and take a ride on their new covered hay wagon.

Willamette Valley
Joining Salem with the lavish red colors is Corvallis, as they are now seeing some red as well. It is still early, but the trees are around halfway turned so in about a week they will be much closer to their peak.


Historic downtown McMinnville by Oregonbliss via Instagram

If you are in the area, check out Willamette Park along the river to see some of the reds or head over to 2 Towns Ciderhouse to celebrate the season along with their third anniversary today. They will be serving all their local seasonal ciders along with live music and food from local food carts.

Greater Portland
Besides the few bits and pieces of fall color scattered throughout the city, there is still a week or two left before you can expect to see lots of color in the greater Portland area.

If you’re looking to get outside to enjoy some fresh air and “Get Dirty for Good”, then volunteer for the Great Willamette River Cleanup, happening today.

Central Oregon
Throughout Central Oregon you can find some trees that have changed into full color. Within Bend, the change is just getting started but is expected to ramp up into full force within the next two weeks. Oranges and deep reds are what should be expected if you pass through town.

While in Bend, be sure to stop by the Bend Fall Festival from Friday, October 4, 2013 to Sunday, October 6, 2013. There will be fall-themed activities including free live music, artists, a homebrew competition, a pumpkin pie contest, and more, offering something perfect for people of all ages.

Base Camp Baker

Color in Baker City, courtesy of Base Camp Baker Facebook

Eastern Oregon
The autumn colors are just beginning in the valleys of Baker County and are about to hit their peak in the foothills of the Elkhorn and Wallowa Mountains. There is a cold front that is expected to hit this area soon, so you can expect the peak to follow. Over in La Grande, the leaves are just starting to turn. You can expect to see a brilliant mixture of reds and off-yellows.

If you are looking to take in as much of this natural beauty as possible, be sure to make the drive along the foothills of the Wallowa’s on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, and along the Cornucopia Highway between the towns of Halfway and Cornucopia.

Southern Oregon
The colors in southern Oregon are varied, with some just starting to turn and others almost at their peak. Jacksonville (just outside of Medford) has yet to see any real colors start to change. You will find an abundance of fall colors near The Lake of the Woods Resort. The entire area is a photo waiting to happen, especially with the snowcapped mountains showing just above the tree line.

Enjoy the abundance of scenery and harvest colors at Lake of the Woods by stopping by their last fishing derby of the year on Saturday September 28, 2013 from 8 a.m – 4 p.m., or grab a bite to eat at the Lake House Restaurant before it closes in the next few weeks for the winter.


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