By Bryan Dorr
Sunday, October 25, 2009, 10:21 a.m. PDT
McKENZIE PASS, Ore - Lush green trees normally canopy the historic McKenzie Pass Highway in the central Oregon Cascades during the summer, but transform to vibrant gold, orange and brown in the fall.
In late September or early October, golden leaves begin highlighting the dark, dense Willamette forest along Oregon 242.
Most of the fall colors appears at lower elevation on the west side of the Cascades between Ore. 126 junction near Belknap Springs and the 4,000-foot elevation on Deadhorse Grade west of the summit.
Ore.242 is a seasonal highway bypassing Ore. 126 between Belknap Springs and Sisters. It will close when snowfall begins.
Signs at each end of the scenic highway state vehicles over 35 feet are prohibited.