Trees of green and gold line the historic McKenzie Pass Highway near Belknap Springs. Photo by Bryan Dorr, Oct. 19, 2009.

Fall colors highlight scenic highway

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.

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Bryan Dorr says ... on Tuesday, Oct 27 at 3:07 PM

McKenzie Pass (Ore. 242) closed for the winter on Oct. 27.

Bryan Dorr says ... on Tuesday, Oct 27 at 3:05 PM

McKenzie Pass (Ore. 242) closed for the winter on Oct. 27.

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