West Cascades Scenic Byway

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West Cascades Scenic Byway National Forest Scenic Byway

West Cascades Scenic Byway shown in green
Route information
Maintained by Oregon Department of Transportation
Length220 mi (350 km)
Major junctions
North end OR 224 in Estacada, Oregon
South end OR 58 in Oakridge, Oregon
CountryUnited States
CountiesClackamas, Marion, Linn, & Lane
Highway system

The West Cascades Scenic Byway is a 220-mile (350 km) National Scenic Byway in the U.S. state of Oregon.[1] The route is designed to provide a tour on the west side of the Cascade Range along the east side of the Willamette Valley.

Route description

The route is roughly north–south, from Estacada southeast of Portland to Oakridge on the Willamette River southeast of Eugene. Much of the route is very sparsely populated, passing through timber regions in the Cascades.

From Estacada the route follows the valley of the Clackamas River upstream on Oregon Route 224 into the Mount Hood National Forest, then south along the Breitenbush River to Detroit on the North Santiam. It follows Oregon Route 22 along Detroit Lake to the junction of U.S. Route 20, then west a short distance on U.S. Route 20 to the junction of Oregon Route 126. It follows OR 126 south, then cuts through the mountain south to Oakridge, where it ends at an intersection with Oregon Route 58.

The route provides views of old growth fir trees and jagged volcanic peaks. The driving time is approximately 7–9 hours.


  1. ^ "West Cascades Scenic Byway - Southern Section | America's Byways". fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov. Retrieved 2023-05-10.