Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 1, 2010

Best California Fall Foliage Web Sites

I have put together a list of  links for California fall foliage reports and locations.  If you have any suggestions for additions, please add as a comment and I will update this list.

Links to California Fall Foliage Reports:

Natural History Wanderings Foliage Reports fall color reports posted on Natural History Wanderings

California Fall Color a blog that exclusively covers California fall color.

Fall Color in California reports on fall color change from  contributors from all over California.

Early Fall Color at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden – Tilden Park

Sacramento Bee series of articles and weekend foliage reports.

Sierra Fall Colors Sacramento Bee map rating fall color at many Sierra Nevada locations.  Updated on Thursdays.

Parchers Bishop Creek foliage for the Bishop Creek Canyon area including North Lake, South Lake, Aspendell, and Lake Sabrina.

Plumas County Fall Color foliage reports and links to drives, map andbrochure.

Weather Channel Fall Foliage Map a map by the weather channel that reflects the current state of fall foliage throughout California.

Places to see Fall Foliage

The Colors of Fall in California State Parks California state parks that have good fall color and contact phone numbers

Mono Country Fall Color Guide (eastern sierra brochure and map of fall foliage spots)

Wanderlust: Fall foliage in the Bay Area article in San Jose Mercury News on Bay Area Fall Foliage locations.

Discover Gold a six-day driving tour of fall foliage sites from Sacramento to Gold Country to Yosemite to the Central Valley.  A possible problem is these areas don’t usually all turn at the same time, but it does cover many locations to consider.

Feather River Scenic Byway 130 mile drive starting in the Sacramento Valley , through the Sierra Nevada and finishing at the Great Basin.  Considered a top 10 US fall foliage drive by Smarter Travel

Bizz Johnson Trail Fall Foliage along the trail in the Eagle Lake section of BLM near Susanville.  It usually peaks between mid-Oct to early November.  Call BLM at 530-257-0456 to get current conditions.

California offers Spectacular Fall Color an article by California travel and Tourism Commission on fall color locations throughout California

Discover the Grandeur of California’s Fall Foliage YubaNet article on California Wildflower locations

Finding Color in the Sierra Foothills and BeyondSierra Foothill Magazine article includes Carson Pass, Hope Valley and Monitor Pass; Sonora Pass, Plumas County and Sierra Foothills

Autumn in Yosemite a posting on In the Moment: Michael Frye’s Landscape Photography Blog about where and when to see fall color in Yosemite

Scenic Drives for Viewing Fall Colors in Northern Californiaby Amy Beth Beaver in Ezine

Dye Creek Preservea Nature Conservancy preserve near Red Bluff that has free guided hikes

Total Escape has locations to see fall color including towns with good fall color

Three very useful publications but unfortunately out of print are:

Carol Leigh’s  29 California FALL COLOR Locations (used copies can be found through

Carol Leigh’s California Photographer issue  September/October 2005 issue article on “Best Places for Fall Color in and around Bishop”

Carol Leigh’s California Photographer issue  September/October 2006 issue article on “Best Color Locations in California’s Eastern Sierra”


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  4. Thanks so much–I’ll just was with people lamenting lack of fall color in Calif. I’d like to mention that I returned from the Eastern Sierra Thursday Sept 29, and I enjoyed “fall” in beautiful rose and potentilla hips, the purple ovaries of swamp onions and many other seedpods and berries. There was still summer in many, many flowers (some in different stages, with both flowers and seeds) :buckwheats, composites, phloxes,lupines, Newberry Gentian(the white one with green spots), Calycosa Gentian ( one of the blue ones) , Drummond’s Thistle. This was all at about 10,000 ft. at Rock creek and Minaret Summit. There were a couple of summer/fall highlights for me: The white, reflecting styles of the mountain mahogany all the way up the road along Rock Creek is spectacular now. On the way home from Yosemite, I enjoyed the big patches of pink from the STEMS of finishing Gayophytum.
    Looks like I’m forced to get a camera again, as there was too much more to put into words, and too many fruits, and flower species to identify on the spot.


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