Oregon Fall Foliage Weekly Update 10/12/2013

University of Oregon by th3rod_g via Instagram

University of Oregon by th3rod_g via Instagram

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
The Eugene area is still approaching its peak as there are hints of yellow and red in the valley. The trees are still holding onto their green leaves, but in the next week the cold weather should help change that.

Explore fall beauty and learn about bird migration at the Fall Birds of Mount Pisgah Walk. The event is designed for people all levels of birding experiences and is a great way to see the autumn colors while learning about bird migration.

Oregon Coast
Various areas on the coast have yet to show any abundance of fall colors, with many areas just starting to turn. Your best bet right now is Woahink Lake on the Central Coast. The trees in this area are just starting to turn, showing hints of yellow and orange.

If you are looking for a Columbus Day celebration, head to Florence Sunday for the 3rd Annual Columbus Day Chowder Voyage. The Old Town event includes live entertainment, prizes, and, of course, delicious chowder from local restaurants.

Hayden Covered Bridge off of Highway 34 by runriverrun via Instagram

Alsea River (Hayden) Covered Bridge near Highway 34 by runriverrun via Instagram

Willamette Valley
The valley has begun to approach its peak. Spectacular reds, oranges, and yellows can be spotted throughout the entire region. Experience some of the beauty on the Willamette Scenic Bikeway this weekend. The sections of the bikeway that go through Salem provide a great mix of views of the Willamette River as well as fall colors.

If you are looking to partake in some other festive seasonal activities, stop by Bauman’s Farm and Garden to pick some pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, and watch their Giant Pumpkin Carving Championship today.

Greater Portland
Leaves throughout Portland are approaching their peak. In the city, you can expect to see vibrant bright reds as well as some golden yellows. Spend the weekend sampling Portland’s award-winning microbrews and urban fall foliage on Brewvana Portland Brewery Tours. The guided trips are a great way to experience Portland’s craft beer while exploring Oregon’s largest city.

Mt. Hood/The Gorge
Fall has finally reached the Mt. Hood/Gorge region. Trees have started to turn, sporting various shades of orange and gold. While it might be a week or two until this region hits its peak, it is always a great time to hit the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway. Make sure to drive the section leading to Timberline Lodge. The drive provides an amazing six mile climb up to 6,000 feet for a breathtaking view of the area surrounding Mt. Hood.

Clear Lake by Nils Eddy

Clear Lake by Nils Eddy

Central Oregon
The autumn weather is bringing a little rain and below-freezing nights to the Bend area, which has led to the fall colors reaching their peak. In Bend, the trees downtown are showing their oranges and reds. There is a nice blend of colors in front of McMenamins – Old St. Francis School. Even at night it is quite a sight with the lights reflecting off the brick making the foliage appear to glow.  Along the Deschutes River Trail, just south of Bend, you can see aspen trees full of shimmering gold leaves.

Heading west of Bend, the trees on Highway 20 are putting on a beautiful show. A stop at the headwaters of the Metolius River, near Camp Sherman, gives a wonderful view of the tamaracks turning gold, as well as the ferns on the forest floor.

Eastern Oregon
Fall colors are coming in strong in Baker County. Along the foothills, ridges, and higher elevations you can see lots of reds and golds popping right out of the trees. This is extremely apparent along the Elkhorn and Hells Canyon Scenic Byways. In areas of higher elevation like Anthony Lakes,  the towns of Sumpter and Cornucopia are good places to see the colors right before they hit their peak.

This is the week to catch a ride on Sumpter Valley Railroad’s vintage steam powered. The Sumpter Valley Railroad is holding their 2013 Fall Foliage and Photographers Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Beautiful colors with a historic train that features multiple stops and meals are included.

Near Klamath Falls by Jim Chadderdon

Near Klamath Falls by Jim Chadderdon

Southern Oregon
The streak of cool weather in Southern Oregon sure has jump-started the fall colors. There are leaves at various stages of peak all around the area. Around Roseburg, marvel at bright oranges and yellows abound, with pops of brilliant reds. Falling leaves have covered the ground, saturating the sidewalks in color.

In Klamath County, see brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. The road winds through volcanic fields, mountains, fields, valleys, marshes, forests, and more. It is beautiful anytime of the year but especially right now.

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