Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2017

California Fall Color Reports 10/15/17

California Fall Color has a number of new reports .

Plumas County: Cascade Trail to Spanish Creek: “The area has a profusion of color and reflections, with Indian Rhubarb, Bigleaf maple, black oak and grasses providing the color.”
Spanish Creek is along the trail to the Cascades. It runs into the North Fork of the Feather River, which continues down to the Sacramento River and the Delta.
mornings (9 to 10 a.m.) are best for light and reflection photographs at Spanish Creek.
Plumas County has been spared the haze caused by this autumn’s wildfires.  So, skies are blue, windless and smokeless.
Spanish Creek, Plumas County (2,000′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! See photos at CASCADE TRAIL TO SPANISH CREEK

ROAD TRIP: CA-120, US 395: Images of his road trip from the SF Bay Area up CA-120 through Yosemite National Park and south on US 395 past the June Lake Loop to Bishop Creek Canyon.
Bishop Creek is pretty much Past Peak at higher elevations (like North Lake seen in one of his photos), though spots of lovely color can be found along this road trip.
See photos at  ROAD TRIP: CA-120, US 395

WHITNEY PORTAL AFLAME WITH COLOR: Hiking trail at Whitney Portal in southern Inyo County often gets overlooked by color spotters because it takes some effort to see it, but as these images from Blair Lockhart attest, it shouldn’t be missed at peak. This is definitely, a hike of the week. Whitney Portal (8,374′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! See photos at WHITNEY PORTAL AFLAME WITH COLOR

Mono County:  Bishop Creek is basically Past Peak at higher elevations, it’s still nice at lower elevations, but the real trophy winner is McGee Creek in southern Mono County with lush Peak color.
June Lake (7,654′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! See photos at MONO COUNTY KEEPS ON GIVING

See video of  West Fork of the Carson River (Hope Valley), taken on Oct. 11. at  Falling Leaves

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