Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 2, 2017

Monday Morning California Fall Color Updates 10/2/17

California Fall Color has a number of new reports this morning

North Lake – the aspen along North Lake Road, North Lake and high areas of Bishop Creek Canyon nearing peak, as seen in her photographs. See photos at North Lake Nears Peak

  • North Lake Road (9,000′) – Near Peak GO NOW!
  • North Lake (9,225′) – Near Peak GO NOW!
  • Groves Above Cardinal Village – Near Peak GO NOW!

High Sierra – Hope Valley/Monitor Pass/Woodford’s Canyon -peak is likely a week away in the Hope Valley, although aspen in Woodford’s Canyon near Sorenson’s Resort are now Near Peak…. the aspen seem to be so healthy in this area (not what they were last year at this time) of the Northern Sierra (CA-88) that the show should be bright and vibrant. 

  • Monitor Pass (8,314′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Woodford’s Canyon (7,000′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
  • Hope Valley (7,300′) – Patchy (10-50%)
Lassen Park –  willows surrounding Manzanita Lake (northwest entrance) are golden with “hints of orange” and are in the Near Peak range. Rabbitbrush continue to show blooms, with Lassen Peak in the background, across the lake. Alder leaves, dented with black spot, still proudly shine newly golden as they lose their green. See photos at Sometimes, Fall Color Crawls

  • Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP (2,900′) – Transitioning from Patchy to Near Peak (10 – 75%)
Golden Gate Park – the park’s striking Conservatory of Flowers looked brilliant in the morning light, but he hastened to the Japanese Tea Garden via Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive and was delivered a treat. There were juxtapositions of yellow gingko starting to turn, and Japanese tiger lily (Lilium leichtlinii) with red leaves to overlayed. Inside the Tea Garden, color change was Just Starting (it’s an early November peak, normally), as the large ginkgo trees and most of the Japanese Maple still lacked color. See photos at September in Golden Gate Park

  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco – Just Starting (0-10%)

Gold Country – Non-native, landscaped maples are lighting up Grass Valley in hues of orange and salmon. See photo at  Exotics Light Up Grass Valley – California Fall Color


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