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|The Cascade Mountain range spans the eastern most boundary of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region, and includes portions of the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests, crowned by Diamond Peak and the South, Middle and North Sisters.|
|A destination for snow sports and all season outdoor pursuits, this recreational paradise is only an hour from the Eugene - Springfield metro area. |
In winter the Cascades serve up a veritable smorgasbord for nature lovers who groove on groomed Nordic, relish rugged back-country, savor snowshoe, skijor and schussing downhill.
There are many campgrounds and RV parks in the Cascades, some lakefront, some riverfront, and others tucked away in quiet forest glens. Lodges and cabins also make memorable mountain retreats. With hot springs bubbling up, wild mushrooms attracting forgers, rumors of Big Foot, and spectacular vistas around every turn, the Cascades are a guaranteed adventure.
Oakridge/Westfir - Hwy 58From Eugene - Springfield, drive southeast on Highway 58 to the mountain town of Oakridge, "The Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest,"and a launch pad for rafting or fishing trips on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. Just 28 miles further is the Willamette Pass ski area.
After the winter ski season, Willamette Pass transforms into the Oregon Skyways gondola, where you can enjoy 360 degree views as you take a leisurely ride up and back from Eagle Peak's lofty 6,666 foot elevation. Fully wheelchair accessible, the gondola is an experience that makes the spirit soar for every member of the family.
Waldo Lake is a peaceful respite from the buzz of daily living. Believed to be one of the purest lakes in the world, Waldo's pristine clarity is preserved by a ban on all motor-craft. However, you can still glide a canoe or rowboat into its waters for an afternoon of quiet fishing. When snow drifts abound, this is a popular place for snowmobiling.
McKenzie River - Hwy 126From Eugene - Springfield, follow the scenic Highway 126 east along the McKenzie River toward McKenzie Pass. The river corridor is known for amazing white water rafting, riverfront fishing lodges and artisan studios. Over two hundred years of traceable history is connected to this region.
Hike through lava fields to the Dee Wright Observatory for a breathtaking, other-worldly view. 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.
If you are approaching the Cascades from the east (Sisters), check out some of the other remarkable sights en-route as you Travel Oregon.