Oregon Fall Foliage Weekly Update 10/19/2013

Eugene, Cascades & Coast
Fall foliage is at its peak in Eugene. Rhubarb red trees line the streets of downtown and the Ruth Bascom Riverbank System that follows the Willamette River. Colors are especially brilliant along the base of Skinner Butte Park and the Amazon/Rexius Trails in South Eugene.

Willamette River by Mike Shaw

Willamette River by Mike Shaw

This is the week the Cascades have been waiting all fall for. The big leaf maples are at their peak. Hike the McKenzie River Trail through a corridor of golds and cranberry reds.

Follow the yellow leaf road from the McKenzie to Oakridge on the Aufderheide, which has finally reached its prime peeping time.

Oregon Coast
A spectrum of colors will greet you on the Oregon Coast. Discover most of Coos Bay’s splendor as you drive east through Allegany to Shore Acres State Park and and Mingus Park.

Multnomah Falls by drwhite7 via Instagram

Multnomah Falls by drwhite7 via Instagram

Willamette Valley
Beautiful colors are filling the Willamette Valley. In Marion and Polk County you can find leaves with glorious red, gold, and oranges as well as some green. Albany is a sea of orange right now.

This weekend’s best drive is Highway 22 east towards Cascades or west towards the Coast Range. Both trips provide amazing scenic views of fall colors.

Mt. Hood /The Gorge
The peak has hit this region! All of the maples surrounding Mt. Hood are in full fall foliage gear. The area is full of vibrant reds and deep oranges. Around the Columbia River Gorge, find streams of golden yellow along the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway.

Enjoy the Gorge on a self guided Fall Foliage Studio Tour to see and meet professional artists in their own studios. 

Greater Portland
Portland is still fairly green. The change is slight, but don’t worry, you won’t have to look too far to enjoy some fall colors in this region. Head south out of the heart of Portland to find some of the fall colors you are looking for. Stop in Oregon City to see lavish reds and magnificent oranges.

While in Oregon City, make sure to head over to Willamette Falls. The 40 foot falls is surrounded by not only great scenery but also accompanied with 200 years of history. Stop by their weekly farmers market.


Bend by kddenfeld via Instagram

Bend by kddenfeld via Instagram

Central Oregon
Fall colors have peaked in Bend, and it could not have come at a better time. Throughout the area, aspens and ferns are completely golden. The maples are fully turned with different hues of orange and red. The color is not just local to the town of Bend. North of Bend, Redmond is surrounded by waves of yellow. Experience the fall color this weekend on the Deschutes River Trail. Also the Deschutes Land Trust is hosting a Fall Foliage Hike at the Metolius Preserve.

Eastern Oregon
Leaf peeping is fabulous in Baker County right now. Find the crème de la crème on the Powder River as it meanders along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway between Sumpter and Baker City. Elsewhere, discover peak foliage along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway near the towns of Cornucopia and Halfway. A favorite fall spot on the valley floor is the Leo AdlerPathway, which follows the Powder River through Historic Baker City.

Elkhorn Scenic Byway by Base Camp Baker

Elkhorn Scenic Byway by Base Camp Baker

Southern Oregon
There is plenty of color filling the valleys of Southern Oregon this week. Roseburg is about to hit its peak. The city’s downtown streets are lined with endless rows of colorful leaves, some starting to fall, with others clinging onto the limbs as they dazzle in the sunlight. It is truly a delight to visit downtown. Pick the perfect pumpkin at Kruse Farms Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy a hay ride, get lost in a corn maze, and enjoy one of the many fine goodies at the bakery.

Medford is following slowly behind Roseburg, but they are seeing some marvelous reds and yellow as their trees are starting to further progress. For a magnificent trip, head over to Crater Lake. The highways and shrubs around the rim provide an amazing scenic drive with the ashes and maples peaking with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows.

A little snow dusted Crater Lake this week, but most of the park is still clear.


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