Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 8, 2017

California Fall Color Updates 10/8/17

California Fall Color has several new posts today

 Mount San Jacinto State Park The bright gold of peaking willows, grasses and ferns becomes intensified at sunset at Mount San Jacinto State Park above Palm Springs.
the best color seems to be along the creek between Long Valley and Tamarack valley between 8500′ and 9000′, only a short walk from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway station. taking the tram up to hike the mountains any time of year, though in autumn, the colors provide extra incentive.
Mount San Jacinto State Park, above Palm Springs (8,516′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! Mt. San Jacinto – A Palm Springs PeakSee photo at

Hope Valley – there is more color than a week ago, many areas of the Hope Valeyu are still “mostly green.”
More yellow, orange and red surround Red Creek cabin, though the groves above the cabin are still mostly green.
Give it a week to two for peak color.
On the south side of CA-88 by Red Lake Creek you’ll find lots of color. Heading east past Blue Lakes Road, the large grove (across the cattle pasture to the north) is nearing peak, and groves above along the mountainside are turning yellow.
west of the West Carson down in Hope Valley is looking good with some orange, a lot of yellows, and still much green.
Sorensens as peaking
As you drive Luther Pass (CA-89) toward South Lake Tahoe  the aspen are still mostly green and there wasn’t much color from there all the way to Truckee.
the aspen leaves, this year, lack luster. One way to get around that is to photograph the leaves blacklit, as many frontally lit leaves have a dull cast to them, this autumn.
See photos at  Still Mostly Green in the Hope Valley

Big Bear – in the Inland Empire’s San Bernardino Mountains, is nearing peak with both native forests and landscaped yards full of color.
–  black oak, carrying uncharacteristically golden leaves at Green Valley Lake and exotics dressing  home in the town of Big Bear.
– “the leaves are definitely over 50% peak in Big Bear. Probably closer to 75% now… lots of beautiful colors over the past few days.”
Big Bear (6,752′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! See photos at  Big Bear Goes Big

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