Eugene, Willamette Pass, US 97 Junction

Oakridge, Oregon

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A ninety-one-mile drive from the Willamette Valley through the Central Oregon Cascades and over Willamette Pass. This busy corridor connects Eugene, the state’s second largest city, with central Oregon. It is also one of Oregon’s most magnificent drives, affording the eastbound traveler roadside views of the Willamette River, the valley floor, and Lookout Point Reservoir, framed by a continuous panorama of thick forested mountain slopes and peaks. The westbound traveler begin on the Cascade’s eastern slopes, surrounded by steep cinder cones and several glacier-carved lakes which are accessible from short side roads. Crossing Willamette Pass at 5,128 feet, the road descends amidst towering fir-covered mountains. The final forty-four miles west of Oakridge offer roadside views of the reservoir and river. In addition to a diversity of manmade and natural scenery, the route includes fascinating geology, and virtually unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Special attractions: Outstanding mountain scenery, Willamette Valley, mountain and reservoir lakes, waterfalls, covered bridges, Willamette and Deschutes national forests, camping, hiking, water-skiing, canoeing, boating, snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing.

Eugene, Willamette Pass, U.S. 97 Junction Professional Review and Guide

"A ninety-one-mile drive from the Willamette Valley through the Central Oregon Cascades and over Willamette Pass. This busy corridor connects Eugene, the state’s second largest city, with central Oregon. It is also one of Oregon’s most magnificent drives, affording the eastbound traveler roadside views of the Willamette River, the valley floor, and Lookout Point Reservoir, framed by a continuous panorama of thick forested mountain slopes and peaks. The westbound traveler begin on the Cascade’s eastern slopes, surrounded by steep cinder cones and several glacier-carved lakes which are accessible from short side roads.

Crossing Willamette Pass at 5,128 feet, the road descends amidst towering fir-covered mountains. The final forty-four miles west of Oakridge offer roadside views of the reservoir and river. In addition to a diversity of manmade and natural scenery, the route includes fascinating geology, and virtually unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Special attractions: Outstanding mountain scenery, Willamette Valley, mountain and reservoir lakes, waterfalls, covered bridges, Willamette and Deschutes national forests, camping, hiking, water-skiing, canoeing, boating, snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Oakridge
Distance: 91
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Eugene Convention and Visitor Association of Lane County Oregon
Driving Directions: Directions to Eugene, Willamette Pass, U.S. 97 Junction

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