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

Fall Color Update: Oct. 7, 2016

Check out the newest color reports from our regional Leaf Reporters across the state as areas start to begin in some areas and peak in others. Amazing displays of color are arriving just in time for the rain to start sprinkling in! 

(note: information based on responses from our leaf reporters by 9/30/2016)

Central Oregon:


Shevlin Park in color change from Darlene Ashley

  • Fall Foliage is at peak in Bend right now! Reports have the area warming up this weekend after a cooler week. It’s a perfect time to see fall colors against the white snow starting to cap the Three Sisters!
  • Shevlin Park is showing nice colors right now
  • This weekend also marks the 13th annual BendFilm Festival, which started yesterday and runs through Sunday. Don’t miss wonderful work from independent filmmakers alongside those gorgeous colors popping around town!

Willamette Valley:

  • Trees in Eugene’s downtown areas are popping well as change starts to move into the surrounding communities.
  • Cottage Grove has trees just starting to pop – a great time to visit the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway!
  • South Willamette Valley Vineyards are showing nice yellow > orange colors right now. Sarver Winery is especially colorful!
  • Families are invited to climb aboard the Sweetbrier Train and RV Park’s Pumpkin Patch Train Ride where you can wind your way through 19 acres of woods with old growth fir and peaceful meadows dotted with foliage and creeks.
  • Heading west from Eugene on Highway 126  note the estuary marshlands of Perkins Peninsula Park, Fern Ridge and the vibrant woods near Noti.
  • Heading east on Highway 126 make sure to visit Goodpasture Covered Bridge, recently voted number eight on a list of the “Top 10 Covered Bridges in the U.S.
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Southern Oregon:

  • Color change is just before peak levels in parts Southern Oregon – specifically near the Rogue-Umpqua bypass. Roseburg is showing more trees in yellow and red. Estimating this weekend into next week as possibly peaking in color change.
  • Ashland sounds like it’s 1-2 weeks away from peak. Some trees are showing nice color change but estimates are that most trees haven’t popped yet.

Oregon Coast:

  • The Siuslaw Forest is reporting that they’re near Peak in some areas – specifically those with Vine Maples and Alders in them.
  • The Upper Nustecca National Scenic Byway is possibly the best bet at seeing color change on the Oregon Coast so far!
  • A nice hike for this time of year in the area is the Niagra Falls Trail, which winds down a 1 mile hike along Big Leaf Maples to a 130 foot waterfall.


The  First Hike of October

Follow along with Tourism Coordinator, Katie McGuigan, as she spends the first day of October immersed in the fall foliage of the McKenzie River.            

Low hanging clouds have settled into the foothills of the McKenzie River and the landscape is beginning to adjust to the quietness of mid-fall. Some might consider this the perfect day to stay bundled inside, comfortable with a good book or movie, however for many Oregonians this day will mark the opportunity for the first drizzly hike of the season.


Falling into the second category myself, I laced up my hiking boots and threw a rain jacket into my backpack before departing from Eugene to Tidbit Mountain in Blue River. After turning off of Highway 126 onto Road 15 we drove the ascent to the trail head through a tunnel of Big Leaf Maple showing off a vibrant yellow hue.


By the time we reached the trail head we were fogged in with low-hanging clouds, a byproduct of driving towards the Cascade Mountain Range and a well-suited way to kick off October. A soft drizzle falling on us we departed on the approximate 2 -mile trek to the summit of Tidbit Mountain (3.75 miles out and back).


Douglas fir trees towered above us, subdued to shadows in fog. In stark contrast to the muted canopy above us were the incandescent yellows and reds of the Vine Maple trees, almost glowing through the drizzly atmosphere. This is the fall we yearn for in Oregon. Marching on we eventually crossed a rocky hillside before making our final scrambling ascent onto the peak of Tidbit Mountain. Completely fogged in on this October afternoon, we opted to return to that rocky hillside to eat our lunch before finishing our autumn pilgrimage.


Toasty after a few minutes in the car, we headed back to Eugene to join the bookworms and homebodies with a warm cup of tea. Who says we shouldn’t enjoy all fall has to offer?