The Cascade Mountains
Prepare to be awed by nature. The magnificent Cascades span the easternmost 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.
The McKenzie River has over two hundred years of traceable history. Peer down at petrified forest beneath the aqua waters of Clear Lake, or gaze up into the old-growth tree canopy in the J.H. Andrews Experimental Forest. Waldo Lake in Oakridge is one of the purest lakes in the world and Oregon's second-largest natural lake. Only non-motorized boats can skim across its serene surface.
Connecting the communities of the McKenzie River and Oakridge/Westfir is the Aufderheide, a segment of the West Cascades Scenic Byway. Oakridge is a former logging community adjacent to magnificent mountain biking and hiking trails and just below the winter snowline, making it an ideal year-round base camp for many outdoor adventures.