Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 4, 2012

Northern California Fall Color Updates


California Fall Color has new fall foliage posts for the more northern parts of California:

30 – 50% – Siskiyou County – Siskiyou is seeing change, though extended warm nights have slowed its progression. The forest is highlighted with lime, yellow and some red among the maples.

30 – 50% – Modoc County – Modoc National Forest and Alturas area are reporting a shift to the bright yellow and orange.

Lassen County

30 – 50% – BLM Eagle Lake / Bizz Johnson Trail & Lassen National Forest – Aspen have begun to change to yellow, with a few oranges and reds. The change has been sudden, perhaps due to the extended, dry summer.

Shasta County

15 – 30% – Whiskeytown NRA – Elms turning to bright yellows and oranges around the visitors center.

 15 – 30% – Shasta Lake – Slight change is occurring in the forest.

Trinity County

 15 – 30% – Coffee Creek – Lime and yellow are beginning to appear.

Tehama County

 30 – 50% – Lassen Volcanic National Park – Tmost of the change is occurring above 8,500 on the northside of the national park. Look for color showing first among riparian areas (willows) and aspen groves. The southern area of the park has not yet experienced much change.

 0 – 15% – Red Bluff – The Central Valley has not yet shown much color.

 0 – 15% – Butte County – A little lime and yellow is showing, though the best color is expected in mid October.

15 – 30% – Plumas National Forest – Native locust trees and bigleaf maples are showing yellow, dogwoods are turning rose to red. At higher elevations, the color is more intense. Spanish Creek is a riot of ruby, yellow and lime Indian rhubarb.

Northern Sierra Southern Cascade

15 – 30% – Manzanita Lake – Aspen along the shore of Manzanita Lake are showing more color, though it will likely still be two weeks before it approaches peak.

15 – 30% – CA-44 – Locust near Viola along Hwy 44 are coloring chartreuse to yellow, with hints of orange.

30 – 50% – Arlington Road – Color spotter Richard McCutcheon often finds hidden gems along remote country roads. A22, the Arlington Road from Hwy 89 east to Taylorsville in Plumas County, is one of those with surprises. He spotted brush and fields wearing USC cardinal and gold on a recent drive to Taylorsville.

To see photos and more updates go to: California Fall Color


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