West Cascades Scenic Byway -
The West Cascades Scenic Byway follows four great rivers through timeless forests, where you’ll discover adventure and renewal along the way.
The 220 mile West Cascades Scenic Byway runs north to south, skirting the northern half of Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range. Nurtured by abundant rainfall, the Western Cascades are bursting with life. The lush forests provide excellent habitat for northern spotted owl, bald eagle, pine marten, pileated woodpecker, Roosevelt elk, blacktailed deer, and mule deer. The great rivers along the byway—the North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette, the McKenzie, the North Santiam, and the Clackamas—support many game fish, including rainbow trout, steelhead, chinook salmon, bull trout, and a rare species of cutthroat trout. Spectacular views of snowcapped mountains (Jefferson, Washington, Three Fingered Jack, and the Three Sisters) are omnipresent—keep your camera handy!
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