Plan your trip to Eugene, Cascades & Coast.
Prepare to be awed by nature. The magnificent Cascades span the eastern most boundary of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region bedecked in old growth forests, wildflower fields, lava rock landscapes and sparkling waterways. Explore the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests, crowned by Diamond Peak and the South, Middle and North Sisters.
This year-round recreational paradise is only an hour from the Eugene - Springfield metro area. Popular outdoor pursuits include hiking, mountain biking, rafting and fishing. In winter, the Cascades serve up a veritable smorgasbord of snow sports. With hot springs bubbling up, wild mushrooms for foraging, rumors of Sasquatch (Big Foot) and spectacular vistas around every turn, the Cascades are a guaranteed adventure.
Oakridge/Westfir - Hwy 58
Oakridge is the "The Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest." This former logging community is adjacent magnificent mountain biking and hiking trails and just below the winter snowline, making it an ideal year-round base camp for many outdoor adventures.
Oakridge offers lodging, restaurants, a craft brewery, bike shop and outfitters that can set you up for rafting and fishing trips on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. Just 28 miles (45 km) from the Willamette Pass ski area, Oakridge is also a popular winter hub for snowboarders and skiers.
McKenzie River - Hwy 126
Along the McKenzie River corridor discover thrilling white water rafting, cozy riverfront fishing lodges, golf with amazing views and woodsy riverfront trails to hot springs, waterfalls and pools.
At Clear Lake peer down at petrified forest beneath the still water, or gaze up into the old growth tree canopy on a guided tree climb in the J.H. Andrews Experimental Forest. Over two hundred years of traceable history is connected to this region.
Connecting the communities of the McKenzie River and Oakridge/Westfir is the Aufderheide, a segment of the West Cascades Scenic Byway.