Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 23, 2017

California Fall Color 10/23/17 part 2

California Fall Color has more reports that have come later today. Monday is often a good day to hear what people have seen this past weekend.

San Bernardino Mountains – Black oak at Lake Arrowhead, Grass Valley Lake, Lake Gregory and nearby areas are at full peak speckling the forest with bold splashes of orange.
The San Bernardino range’s bigleaf maple, dogwood and aspen are now past peak, though observant spotters can find “color in pockets from Lake Arrowhead down to Crestline.”
Exotic maples, sycamore and liquidambar are also providing bright color in planted neighborhoods.
This is likely the last week of great color above 3,000′ in Southern California, as reports begin to descend into the valleys and basins of the southland.
Rim of the World, San Bernardino Mountains (5,174′) – Peak (75-100%) – GO NOW
See photos at Rim of the World: Visit the Lakes, Trails

Shasta Cascade – peak color  is being seen in the Indian Valley of Plumas County (northern Sierra).
Black oaks dominate with deep orange leaves contrasting with their black limbs.
Yellow, chartreuse and red pop out at points along CA-89 and CA-70 on the route north, leaving the Sierra and entering the lower cascades at Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Indian Valley, CA-89 – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
See photos at Indian Summer in the Shasta Cascade

Yosemite – Some trees have lost leaves, perhaps by rain, but there was ample color along Big Oak Flat, Southside Drive, and Glacier Point Road. Even the mid-day light at noon had a special autumn glow, a clarity, and intensity that brings out every detail and texture.
“Along Glacier Point Road, I could detect smoke, and later see smoldering tree trunks blackened by fire. There was snow on the ground, and splashes of fall color among it! The evening sunset behind the fall color illuminated leaves even further. A wonderful day!”
Yosemite Valley (4,000′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
Glacier Point Road (7,214′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW
See photos at Where Do You Go When A Pass Closes?

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