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Willamette-Pass is located in east central Oregon in the Cascade Range, approximately 58 miles east of the city of Eugene. It is sometimes also called "Salt Creek Pass." Highway 58 crosses the Pass at almost exactly a mile above sea level, and Odell Lake lies at the foot of the mountain like a jewel. The area is filled with stunning scenery and other lakes, as well, including Waldo Lake and Crescent Lake. The Diamond Peak Wilderness Area is located just south of the Pass, and Mt. Bachelor is to the east. Willamette Pass is one of Oregon's premier ski areas (the third largest,) and offers skiers a variety of terrain over 550 acres and 29 trails, with a vertical drop of 1,563 feet. Nighttime skiing and cross country skiing are also available at Willamette Pass, as well as snowboard contests, competitive ski racing, snow tubing and snowboarding on open trails. A day use lodge is located on Willamette Pass, but there is no overnight ski lodge. However, four lodges are within ten miles of the mountain and several others within 30 miles. In summertime, Willamette Pass is open to mountain bikers. Biking enthusiasts' load their bikes on the ski lift and go up the hill to the 6,660-foot Eagle Peak. To reach Willamette Pass, take Highway 58 east of Eugene to milepost 62.

Surrounding areas: Odell Lake, Oregon (2.8 mi), La Pine, Oregon (26.7 mi), Fall River, Oregon (29.4 mi), Sunriver, Oregon (33.7 mi)

Willamette Pass Vacation Rentals




Willamette Pass Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Best Western Oakridge Inn47433 Hwy 58Oakridge, OR23.5 mi.(541) 782-2212
Best Western Newberry Station16515 Reed Rd &hwy 97La Pine, OR27.2 mi.(541) 536-5130
Best Western Newberry Station16515 Reed RdLa Pine, OR27.4 mi.(541) 536-5130

Willamette Pass Weather & Climate

Central Oregon enjoys 300 days of sunshine per year and is relatively free of any climate extremes. Any variation in the weather depends on elevation and proximity to the mountains. The climate near Willamette Pass is generally mild, where temperatures drop off rapidly in the evenings year round due to the high elevation. It can be in the 70s during the day at the Pass in the summertime but near freezing at night. The Cascade Mountains keeps most of the rain over the valleys and on the coast, so it's relatively dry at Willamette Pass by comparison. Occasional sleet, hail or snow is possible in the winter. Snow usually falls during the evening and melts off during the day at the lower elevations. However, the high Cascades receive the state's heaviest snowfalls.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 33°F 19°F 4.89 in. -
February 37°F 21°F 4.37 in. -
March 41°F 24°F 3.31 in. -
April 47°F 28°F 2.14 in. -
May 54°F 32°F 1.60 in. -
June 63°F 38°F 1.07 in. -
July 73°F 42°F 0.63 in. -
August 74°F 42°F 0.69 in. -
September 67°F 36°F 0.98 in. -
October 55°F 31°F 2.34 in. -
November 40°F 25°F 5.34 in. -
December 34°F 19°F 5.27 in. -

Willamette Pass Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Bend Municipal airport (S07) located about 53 miles northeast of Willamette Pass in Bend, Oregon, Roberts Field (RDM) located approximately 63 miles northeast of Willamette Pass in Redmond, Oregon, Mahlon Sweet Field (EUG) located roughly 69 miles northwest of Willamette Pass in Eugene, Oregon, the Christmas Valley airport (62S) located around 73 miles southeast of Willamette Pass in Christmas Valley, Oregon, and finally the Prineville airport (S39) located about 73 miles northeast of Willamette Pass in Prineville, Oregon.

Willamette Pass Attractions

 
Golf Courses
Circle Bar Golf ClubOakridgeOR23.5 mi.
Quail Run Golf CourseLa PineOR26.7 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Mount BachelorBendOR47.9 mi.
Willamette PassEugeneOR60.9 mi.
Mount AshlandAshlandOR102.9 mi.
Mount Hood SkibowlGovernment CampOR118.6 mi.
 
State Parks
La Pine State ParkOR28.4 mi. 
 
Museums
High Desert MuseumBendOR47.9 mi.(History)
Guy Leabo MuseumCottage GroveOR52.8 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Wildlife SafariWinstonOR76.5 mi.


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