Take this 220-mile scenic alternative route between Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and discover some of the best "up-close and personal" views of thundering waterfalls, lush ancient forests, rushing whitewater, and cool, placid lakes. The West Cascades Scenic Byway intersects major routes like I-5 or Highway 97, so you can adjust your trip to enjoy shorter bits of the byway. The byway ends near the timber towns of Westfir and Oakridge.
Begin in the historic logging and hydropower city of Estacada, located only 40 minutes from Portland. From the very start, you will find yourself immersed in old-growth forest, skimming the edge of the breathtaking Clackamas River. From here, wind your way through the Western Cascades and their breathtaking, snow-capped volcanic peaks. Pause by Detroit Lake to camp, swim, or fish—or take your boat out for some waterskiing. Along the Delta Nature Trail, you will be surrounded by some of the oldest trees in the forest, with ancient western red cedar and Douglas fir trees.
In the winter the road will take you to a wide range of winter recreation. The byway supports facilities to suit sports enthusiasts of all kinds, from the most primitive and rustic services to the most elaborate and developed enterprises. The Breitenbush Center is one of the many places, located in a sylvan forest, offering opportunities for a secluded soak in the available hot springs.
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