Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 10, 2017

California Fall Color Reports 10/10/17

California Fall Color has a number of new reports this morning. Here are the highlights with photo links.

Plumas County – When the Indian Rhubarb start to burn orange, red, yellow and green in Plumas County, there are few more striking places to be to see fall color in California than along one of its streams.
Plumas County is the northernmost end of the Sierra in the vast
Indian rhubarb, black oak and bigleaf maple are the predominant sources of fall color.
Though, exotic trees planted in its towns mix with the native color to create dramatic showy scenes, like that of the exotic maple planted behind the Plumas Superior Courthouse in Quincy, contrasted with a native maple seen along Big Creek road.
just above Bucks Lake, on the road to the dam and just off the road aspen peaking at 5,600′.
What!? Peaking aspen at 5,600′ when they haven’t peaked above 9,000′ at some locations in the Eastern Sierra? What gives?
This continues to be one of the earliest autumn peaks for the Northern Sierra and one of the latest for the Eastern Sierra.
Plumas County – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
See photos at Wonder-Filled Plumas

Jenkinson Lake near Sly Park in the Gold Country (El Dorado County)
The southeast side of the lake is especially beautiful” though is on point by pointing out that “in line with the rest of the state, it is a patchy display. All the leaves are close to reaching their peak with the lime leaves of bright aspens and oak spotted with some red, yellow and pink that are ahead of the pack.”
“The southeast finger of the lake is narrow and the beautiful blues and teal of the water are contrasted by dark greens of pines and pops of bright yellow from the trees spotting the embankment, definitely the best part of the lake’s scenery.”The varieties that dominate this area are pacific dogwood, black oak and bigleaf maple.
Jenkinson Lake, Sly Park (3,400′) – Patchy
See photos a Harlequin Color Pops at Jenkinson Lake

Color Along I-80 and At Tahoe spot of color behind Rainbow Lodge on the South Yuba River.
Rainbow Lodge, Soda Springs (6,768′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
South Lake Tahoe at the Spring Creek Recreational Tract near Emerald Bay and found color peaking there, too.
Zephyr Cove on the Nevada side of Tahoe and found more orange to share.
See photos at Color Along I-80 and At Tahoe

Lassen National Park –  Lassen Volcanic National Park  “most of the color is at peak” or just Past Peak.
Of course, this is a national park, so there are quite a number of colorful native varieties to be enjoyed: knotweed (crimson), pearly everlastings (vanilla), Lichen (chartreuse), willows (brassy), alder (yellow), dogwood (rose), black cottonwood (gold) and quaking aspen (yellow to red).
Of those, the cottonwood and aspen are Near Peak, with one to three weeks of peak still to go.
The rest are Past Peak.
As for the wind, it only blew “turned” leaves from the trees. Trees whose leaves were in the process of turning still have their leaves, and because so much of California’s autumn has been staggered, the show will go on for weeks ahead.
One of the prime areas to still see the show in the national park is at Manzanita Lake, where Lassen Peak reflections are seen. This is particularly nice at sunset, when the volcano is lit with alpenglow. Several of these shots were taken along the park road near Dersch Meadow, Hat Creek Meadow and Summit Lake, near 7000′.
Lassen Volcanic National Park (8,500′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! to Past Peak (You Missed It.)
See photos at  Fire in the Wind

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