Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 18, 2017

California Fall Color Reports 10/18/17

California Fall Color has a few more new reports as well as photos from a fall color contest:

Hope Valley Past Peak color can still be beautiful
Hope Valley – Past Peak – You Missed It.  See photos at  Past Peak Can Still Be BeautifulLee Vining the canyon  as Past Peak, there was so much orange color in some of the groves, they’re definitely at Peak though about to fall.
Lee Vining Canyon – Peak to Past Peak (You Almost Missed It.)  See photos at Lee Vining Starting to Go

Burney Falls/Lassen National Park  Burney Falls is constantly fed by an underground stream that flows at a rate of 379 million liters a day (imagine that in terms of soda bottles). The water permeates through and flows over a 129-foot tall wall of rock that is covered with lush green ferns.
The pool below the falls (a waterfall is one drop, falls are many) has every imaginable blue in it (indigo, cerulean, cobalt, turquoise) and the wall in autumn is topped with vivid orange, yellow and lime colors.
“At McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, the black oak trees are turning yellow, orange, and rusty red. There are some that have already reached peak color–for instance, those along Burney Creek just above where it plunges down the Falls. Elsewhere, though, the leaves are only beginning to change.

“At Lassen Volcanic National Park, willows along Manzanita Lake range from Peak to Past Peak, and the grasses and other ground shrub have turned a nice golden hue. It’s unclear how long the color will last there, so I would recommend that folks GO NOW! before color disappears and winter weather settles in.”
The Shasta Cascade region is now a go-to destination to find great fall color, with Plumas County, Lassen Volcanic and Burney Falls at Peak.McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW
See photos at Burney Falls Bubbles with Fall Color

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