Oregon’s Fall Foliage Starts to Fade Post-Peak

What a beautiful Fall season it has been this year! From what we’re hearing and seeing, Oregon’s Fall colors are fading through the state. With snowfall hitting some areas of the Cascades and winter temperatures rolling in, it’s a great time to see Oregon’s winter coat arrive.

Check back here periodically as we’ll be posting tips, trips and throwbacks to Oregon’s beautiful Fall seasons throughout the year from now on. Here are the brief last reports of the season with some of our favorite submitted #ORFallFoliage photos: 

FALL FOLIAGE SPOTTING UPDATES:

(note: information based on responses from our leaf reporters by 11/16/2016)

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A nice view of the colors fading from Council Crest Park in Portland from Instagrammer MikeWarner

Willamette Valley:

  • Throughout the Willamette Valley Fall colors are now fading out and holiday preparations are beginning! Find out what’s new in the South Willamette Valley at Eugene, Cascades & Coast.

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    Fallen leaves on the University of Oregon Campus from Instagrammer JimArnold

Central Oregon:

  • Some color still remains along parts of the Deschutes near town, but overall Fall shades are off the trees in Bend. Keep up on events and happenings there at VisitBend.

Oregon Coast:

  • Fall color along Oregon’s Coastline is all gone now, just in time for whale watching season! Now (mid-November) is the time to watch for these beautiful creatures popping up along the coastline as we close toward winter months.

 

Oregon Fall Foliage Colors Still Shining

Peak might have already passed for most of the areas through the state, but quite a few colors are still shining through nicely! Check out the most recent reports below with some of our favorite submitted photos: 

FALL FOLIAGE SPOTTING UPDATES:
(note: information based on responses from our leaf reporters by 11/4/2016)

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Fall colors spotted on the University of Oregon Campus by Instagrammer kellimatthews

Willamette Valley:

  • The South Willamette Valley is still showing color in a “just past peak’ phase. Trees lining Eugene and Springfield’s downtown areas are shimmering with leaves dropping quickly but colorfully.
  • Now is a great time to explore the Saturday Market before the Holiday Market begins, and to discover South Willamette Valley wines with Pinot Bingo!

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    Corvallis has some excellent Fall color popping from Instagrammer rouse_jen

Eastern Oregon:

  • Fall foliage in Baker County is still at peak in many locations but is starting to fade in spots.
  • Sounds like the Elkhorn Scenic Byway loop continues to be a winner for Fall colors!

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    Gorgeous Eastern Oregon Scenery from Base Camp Baker

Central Oregon:

  • Bend and Central Oregon are past peak but have some trees and bushes around town hanging on with Fall color – paired with some surprising Fall sunny weather this weekend!
  • Today marks Bend’s First Friday Art Walk through downtown and the Old Mill District too. Find more on events like these at Visit Bend’s site.
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Color lingers in plenty of high desert foliage near Bend – via Visit Bend

Southern Oregon:

  • With Roseburg peaking last week, and Ashland showing color off nicely in areas like Lithia Park and North Mountain Park!

Oregon Coast:

  • Color along the coast is starting to fade but viewing along Hwy 22 is a beautiful drive toward the coast that is showcasing great color right now.

Colombia River Gorge:

  • Word last week is that color there but starting to fade near areas of the Gorge with some areas like Multnomah Falls showing yellows and orange

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    A recent shot of the gorgeous Multnomah Falls from photographer Kami McKeon

Oregon Fall Colors Shining in Cooler Weather

As the cooler weather sets in, many areas are peaking with a few spots now just past peak. Check out the most recent reports below with some of our favorite submitted photos: 

FALL FOLIAGE SPOTTING UPDATES:
(note: information based on responses from our leaf reporters by 10/28/2016)

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Color flashing near Smith Rock from photographer Darlene Ashley

Central Oregon:

  • Bend and Central Oregon are seeing colors past peak currently. Many colors remain in town, including spots like Drake Park near downtown and Smith Rock
  • Halloween weekend holds a lot of fun events around the area! Find out more on Visit Bend’s event calendar
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Yellow colors burst downtown Bend from Visit Bend

Willamette Valley:

  • Color are shining yellow and red in a ‘just past peak’ phase in Eugene and Springfield, while Cottage Grove and other surrounding spots of the South Willamette Valley are peaking.
  • The Aufderheide Scenic Byway is showing nice color throughout the beautifully remote curves of the route deep within the Willamette National Forest

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    A bridge on the Aufderheide shows some red and yellow popping among the lush greenery

Eastern Oregon:

  • Fall foliage in Baker County is still at peak in many locations but is starting to fade in spots.
  • Valley floors are popping now with the Elkhorn Scenic Byway loop showing peak color right now.
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    Yellows showing brightly in Eastern Oregon from Timothy Bishop – Baker County Tourism

    Southern Oregon:

    • Roseburg is peaking right now! Colors are thriving along riverbanks and streams with flashy yellow and gold leaves.
    • Big events to check out this weekend are the Spooktacular Horse Show and Harvest Zoobilee at Wildlife Safari! Find more Roseburg events here

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      Trees downtown Roseburg starting to show a nice color change from Victoria Spencer of the ROseburg Area Chamber of Commerce 


    Colombia River Gorge
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    • Color is staying on the horizon near areas of the Gorge with some areas popping lots of reds, yellows and oranges currently.
    • Old Historic Highway 35 is one road trip that comes highly recommended this time of year!