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.

Road Trip: Cascade Mountains
: Melanie Ryan Griffin
Nov 08
Road Trips

Road Trip: Cascade Mountains

Drive up into the Cascade Mountains on this beautiful and leisurely road trip. Want to breathe fresh mountain air? Hear birds chirp and water rush…

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. 

Cascade Mountain Trip Ideas

Things to Do in the Cascade Mountains