Fall is just around the corner

Here is to the beginning of fall foliage coming to Oregon! Looks like the start of fall really jump started the turning of the leaves.  The Harvest moon is here, and we can expect to see more changes in the coming weeks.  Depending on where you go this week in Oregon, there is fall leaves to see and events to visit.

Oregon Coast- The North and Central part of our coast is just beginning to change color, some of the trees have turned yellow and orange and the Vine maples are turning red.  The coast has been getting some of the colder days, and fall is ready to make an appearance by the sounds of it. Looks like a drive to the top of Mt. Hebo would be a great place to see the fall colors changing, along with a hike with the family to Drift Creek Falls. A great way to see some of the changes and get out doors before it gets too cold.

  • October 19. Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra Fall Concert. Tickets will be available at Mari’s Books, Hwy 101 & W 3rd in Yachats, Newport Performing Arts Center, Umpqua Bank in Reedsport, and the Oregon Pacific Bank in Florence. Tickets will also be available at the door. 7 p.m. Yachats Community Presbyterian Church. 360 W 7th St. Yachats, Oregon. http://occorchestra.org/
  • September 29. Annual Fall Festival. Drawings for over $1,400 in gift certificates for food, fashion, and art work. Silent Auction for hotel stays at 5 local hotels. Handmade crafts. Delectable baked goods. 10 a.m. Cannon Beach Library. 131 N Hemlock St. Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-1391. cannonbeachlibrary.org.
  • September 28 – 30. Pacific NW Brew Cup. The festival features northwest beers on tap Friday through Sunday, along with live music, food vendors, and activities for the kiddos. Admission is free. To taste beer you’ll need a souvenir mug ($12 each) and tokens ($1 each). On the waterfront next to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, Oregon. http://pacificnorthwestbrewcup.com/

Willamette Valley- Down in the Valley, we are seeing a mix of green with the fall colors coming in with lots of yellow and orange popping up throughout town. Lots of changes in weather this week for Lane County which has caused a few areas to have trees that have fully turned, but we are still just at the start of our fall foliage. If your in Corvallis this weekend, they are just now getting some fall foliage.  If you want to see the start of it, head over to the Philomath area up Marys peak, more widespread color over there.

Hayes Tree Garden, Eugene, Oregon -Tiffany Ottem

Greater Portland- Portland is starting to show some colors in the downtown area and up in the hills a little.  Seems that their fall foliage is just around the corner, but not quite in full swing just yet. Portland is seeing some of the warmer days and has been in the high 70’s and 80’s this week and seems to be planning on holding onto those summer days for just a bit longer.

Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge – Looks like Mt. Hood is starting to get some beautiful reds onto of the Mountain. If you want to enjoy the view of a rainbow of colors, head on down to the Government camp for a great fall foliage hike and viewing area. Another good way to see the leaves is to hop on your bike for the Cascading Rivers Bike Ride series

  • September 29th-30th. Rides for all levels, registration required. https://www.bikereg.com/37998
  • Little Riffles Ride – A Cascading Rivers Ride Estacada Cycling Plaza at City Hall Sep 30, 2018 Address: 475 SE Main St., Estacada, OR 97023
  • Social ride for casual riders and families along a mostly grated road. Begin at City Hall Cycling Station or Faraday West Hydro parking area. You will ride past three lakes through shaded maples and alders past Faraday, Cazadero and North Fork Dams all on a gated car free road. Keep your eyes peeled for water fowl, the occasional osprey or bald eagle. The turnaround is at the North Fork Lake lower boat ramp. Visit website for more information and to register.
  • Raging Rapids Ride – A Cascading Rivers Ride Estacada Cycling Plaza at City HallAddress: 475 SE Main St., Estacada, OR 97023
  • Choose between a 35 or 52 mile ride. You begin cruising leisurely along Faraday Road, North Fork Lake and east toward Carter Bridge. For a cedar-lined mountain stream choose the Fish Creek spur and turn right for 1.5 miles along this steelhead hideaway. Or choose to follow the bikeway through spectacular overviews of the Narrows, past the mountain community of Three Lynx and then make a stiff mile climb to the Ripplebrook store. Having arrived your work is done, pedal easily back to Estacada for a meal and beverage in a restaurant of your choice. Visit website for more information and to register.
  • Timothy Lake Gravel Ride A Cascading Rivers Ride Estacada Cycling Plaza at City HallAddress: 475 SE Main St., Estacada, OR 97023
  • A challenging one-day ride of your choice of 32, 41 or 93 miles along the wild and scenic Clackamas River. Check-in in Estacada and begin your ride there or drive to Ripplebrook for a shorter ride. The ride will take you along Forest Road 57, a gravel road with 2,800ft elevation gain. After stopping for lunch you can head back or continue on the 11-mile Timothy Lake trail. After your ride, a meal and beverage awaits you back in Estacada. Visit website for more information and to register.
  • Mt. Hood Fall Foliage Train- https://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/event/fall-harvest-food-fest/42820/

Southern Oregon- Fall is almost in PEAK! Looks like the cold snaps are happening down in Southern Oregon.  Rows of trees are turning from green to dark red and orange, the tops are almost fully Red, Orange, and Yellow. Bottoms of them are still showing green. Some great viewing spots are, Jacksonville, Hawthorne Park, and Table Rock.

Here are some great events happening in the area after you check out the fall foliage,

Central Oregon- Fall has started in Bend, not at peak but getting close. With yellow leaves flying in the air, fall has gotten closer over in Bend.  There are plenty of things to see and do in the area this weekend where you will see the fall foliage. Sisters and Sun River are also both great spots to stop and see the fall foliage, Head to the city of sisters for fall leaves, great shopping and stroll thought a small town with big offerings. Head out on a hike, or bike over at smith rock, see some falls at Tumalo or head to one of the many Harvest events.

Eastern Oregon- Looks like fall isn’t fully showing in Eastern yet, but it is making a slight appearance. A great weekend to check out the Steens Mountains or watch a sunset at the Painted hills. Search for the fall foliage and enjoy walk or hike in on of the seven wonders of Oregon.

  • Echo Corn Maze – 100 N. Dupont St.  Echo, OR, Weekends and Some weekdays $10, More date and info http://easternoregonevents.com
  • Oktoberfest Wine & Stein -Saturday, September 29, 2018 5:00 pm $30 at the Hermiston Community Center, Music raffles, and live/silent actuation. Tickets Available at the Hermistion chamber or Altrusan.



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Hayes Tree Garden, Eugene, Oregon -Tiffany Ottem


3 thoughts on “Fall is just around the corner

  1. I live in Southern Oregon and I don’t think we are anywhere near peak. Ashland is just starting to show some color and I haven’t seen a lot of trees changing colors in Grants Pass.

  2. Hi Aaron, thanks for checking out the blog. We heard from our Leaf Reports in Southern Oregon that peak is right around the corner. We appreciate the feedback and are always looking for more Leaf Reports. If you are interested, check the link to sign up in the menu!

  3. Thanks for the update, Aaron. I’m planning to visit Lithia Park on Oct 19th.. was shocked to see it come this early, but you put my mind to ease. hopefully, i’m able to catch it peak when I’m there!

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