As September heralds in fall, the very early beginnings of color change are showing themselves in Oregon. Though most of the state is still green, grey days are setting the fall mood around here and we are looking forward to watching the colors change. We expect the colors to start showing in the next two-three weeks. We anticipate being at or near peak earlier this year than in years past, likely the first or second week of October.
Check out this cool fall heat map to see predictions of color change across the country and use it to time your trip to see Oregon’s Fall Foliage!
In anticipation of fall, here are a few of our favorite spots and shots from last year:
Peek through the fall foliage and discover waterfalls in Oregon! Pictured here is Koosah Falls, located near Sahalie Falls, on the McKenzie Highway between Eugene and Bend. We recommend starting at Sahalie, which features a large parking lot and accessible trails. From there, the hike down to Koosah is 2.6 miles.
Despite being an urban city, the Portland area is a great place to see fall colors. This picture was taken last year, just as fall colors began popping up on trees all over the city. If you’re looking for something less urban in the area, head out to the Columbia River Gorge for stunning views and tons of color!
Central Oregon is typically early to fall due it’s higher elevation. The aspens develop vivid colors every year. The city of Sisters is a great place to see fall foliage while shopping, or head to Pilot Butte for a 360 view of forest, city, and the Cascades.
Oregon is full of scenic byways and beautiful roads. Keep an eye out for changing leaves as you wind through the trees on your way to your destination – after all, the journey is half the fun!