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: 

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


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


    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.

    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


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

    Colombia River Gorge

    • 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!

See Fall Foliage Through Oregon

Many areas are peaking currently with a few that are just past peak and some still just budding. Check out the most recent reports below: 

(note: information based on responses from our leaf reporters by 10/20/2016)

Southern Oregon:

  • Klamath Falls is peaking! Look for the full range of yellow, orange, red and green in this city.
  • Running Y Ranch resort is a hotspot for fall color right now, a great spot for a family stay and family photos this week.
  • Activities include the Pumpkin Express in Chiloquin – a cool mini train that anyone can take through the hills!

Full range of color popping at the Running Y Ranch near Klamath Falls 

Central Oregon:

  • Bend and Central Oregon are seeing glowing Aspens and spots of Fall color that held on through the stormy weather. Some other color remains through the high winds that hammered the area last week.
  • This weekend has a sunny forecast so it’s a great time to explore pumpkin patches, haunted houses, live music and more. Find more on Visit Bend’s calendar here


Bend’s Aspens are popping from Visit Bend

Willamette Valley:

  • Downtown Eugene and through Springfield has some incredible color popping through the city streets. Check out Register Guard Visual Journalist Brian Davies’ incredible recent images in the links above to each city!
  • Fall shades are popping through the East Willamette Valley in the Cascades through spots like Proxy Falls
  • The Aufderheide is looking beautiful with vine maples popping along the byway

Orange and Red hues pop through the lush Willamette Valley forest near Proxy Falls from Darlene Ashley

Colombia River Gorge:

  • Sounds like color is still on the horizon near areas of the Gorge with some areas popping currently.
  • Check out key hikes and stops like Multnomah Falls, Angel’s Rest and Triple Falls hike.

Eastern Oregon:

  • Fall foliage is still looking great through areas like Baker City even through the stormy last week!

Baker County’s Courthouse popping with color from Instagrammer Basecampbaker_com

Color Peaking Through Parts of Oregon

We’re seeing an awful lot of peaking color right now! Color is still early in spots like the Gorge, but areas of central, eastern and southern Oregon are looking lovely. 

(note: information based on responses from our leaf reporters by 10/14/2016)

Central Oregon:

  • Fall colors are looking marvelous in Bend, though some yo-yo weather patterns are

    causing leaves to begin falling this season.

  • Despite some rain in the forecast, there’s fresh snow on the mountain peaks and plenty of harvest events going on through the area – plenty of reasons to pay a visit right now!

It’s pumpkin time at the Smith Rock Ranch near Terrebonne, Oregon from Darlene Ashley

Willamette Valley:

  • Lining Eugene’s streets of Pearl, Willamette and other downtown spots, trees are looking gorgeous.
  • Salem has some nice color popping around town as well!
  • Cottage Grove’s trees are showing nice yellow hues among the green trees – a great time to visit the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway!
  • Areas around the McKenzie River are showing beautiful  colors right now among the Old Growth in the Willamette National Forest

    Fall scenes showing nicely on Frissell Creek – a tributary to the South Fork of the McKenzie River from Deigh Bates


Colombia River Gorge:

  • Reports are that colors are just starting to show along areas of the Gorge.
  • Check out key hikes and stops like Multnomah Falls, Angel’s Rest and Triple Falls hike.

Color  near the Colombia River Gorge from Instagrammer Sumrvalentine

Southern Oregon:

  • Color in Klamath Falls is starting to show well right now. Reports say red and orange
    hues are popping against plenty of green pine trees in the area.
  • Hotspots this weekend in the area are Moore Park and Chiloquin, with local pumpkin patches featuring some great produce and decor to pick up!
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    More fall colors are starting to pop in areas of Klamath Falls from Cheyenne Lundsten

    Eastern Oregon:

    • Areas like Baker City continue to showcase beautiful colors through the season
    • Check out the Elk Horn Scenic Byway for amazing scenes with an array of foliage

Fall foliage at Dick Camp Memorial Park in Haines, Oregon along the Elk Horn Scenic Byway – courtesy of Instagrammer basecampbaker_com