It is crunch time. By crunch time, we are indeed referring to crunchy leaves on the ground. While the first rains of autumn shook many leaves from their tree—leaving some branches bare—there are still plenty of places to take in the view and, yes, stomp-crunch-repeat some red, orange and brown leaves. Below, we’re sharing some very specific spots where leaf peepers have been, you know, peepin’ lately.
Clapshaw Hill Road-Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route
Along the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route, you’ll have 60-miles worth of panoramic autumnal views. Photographers often take a roadside pitstop on Clapshaw Hill Road in Forest Grove. Here, you’ll overlook miles of treetops in various stages of change and colors.
We put out the call and Tualatin Valley locals answered! In Hillsboro, Harewood Street is a burst of orange and red along its tree-lined street. In the unincorporated community of Bethany, be sure to stay right at the speed limit so you can take in the slightly curving road at NW Laidlaw Road and NW 174th Ave. Here, the trees seem to follow in an ombre pattern, gaining vibrancy as its lingering leaves reach toward the sky.
When we think of fall colors, our first thoughts often jump to nature locales and scenic drives. However, some of the most quintessential fall scenes that spark an instant pang of nostalgia are found between the old buildings of a college campus. You don’t have to be a college student to stroll Pacific University’s campus. The brick-laid paths between buildings are the perfect foundation for some optimal leaf stomping.