Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 24, 2017

California Fall Color 10/24/17

California Fall Color reports

Bishop As, Bishop Creek is definitely Past Peak from top to bottom. The real action in Inyo County has moved to lower elevations: Pine Creek, Round Valley, Bishop, Buckley Ponds, Rawson Ponds, Big Pine and south.
Bishop Creek Canyon – Past Peak – You Missed It.
Bishop (4,150′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
See photos at Bishop Creek in Bronze

Redwood Highway – Redwood Highway has another couple of weeks of peak color. There’s a good reason there are so many state parks and a national park in the North Coast region, as it is full of wonderful foliage to see.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park – Peak (75-100%) – Avenue of The Giants will be seeing peak conditions throughout this week as bigleaf maple and creeping poison oak put on their display.  The drive along US 101 in Mendocino County from just north of Willits into southern Humboldt County is also looking spectacular. GO NOW!
Redwood National Park & Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park – Peak (75-100%) – Bigleaf maple are at peak while most of the vine maple are just starting to turn.  Best places to see color will be along Drury Parkway near the Big Tree parking area, Prairie Creek Trail from the visitor center to the Zig Zag #2 Trail and the road to Lost Man Creek.  Roosevelt elk are still very active, at the tail end of the seasonal rut.  Outside of the bulls protecting their herds of females, you can find groups of rejected bachelors, nursing battle wounds and damaged egos. GO NOW!
Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park – Peak (75-100%) – Bigleaf maple along Mill Creek are at peak.  The forest understory of vine maple, salmonberry, thimbleberry and cascara along Howland Hill Road will be peaking this week, making the drive through the heart of the park even more spectacular than usual. GO NOW!
See photos at Two Weeks Left on the Redwood Highway

Mono County – Peak has moved up US 395 to Bridgeport, the Antelope Valley, Topaz Lake and the West Carson River.
little pockets of color around Bridgeport on Saturday, beside Little Walker Rd., lining Topaz Lake and beside CA-4 along the West Carson River.
US 395, North Mono County – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
See photos at Peak Moves to Northern Mono County

Butte County – The trees are Just Starting to turn in Chico, but it’ll be paradise when its Esplanade (seen above) is at peak. At peak the Esplanade is one of the most fall-colorful boulevards streets in California.
What makes Chico’s Esplanade so exceptional is its blend of colorful Chinese pistache and landmark Valley Oak that drape the roadway with fluorescent red, yellow, orange and lime leaves.
A trip to Butte County (northern California – CA-99) to see Chico’s peak fall colors is one of our favorite excursions.
Sierra Nevada, along the Esplanade and north on CA-99 to Vina and the Abbey of New Clairvaux to see an authentic 800-year-old gothic monastery chapter house. These areas should be near peak in two weeks and peaking in three.
In nearby Durham (south of Chico – First Report), orchards arch roadways with changing color. This one is next to the Patrick Ranch on Midway. Large walnut trees provide green, gold, yellow and rust colors at peak.
However, once you reach Paradise (Yes, there is such a town), you’ll find the black oak to be at the high end of patchy. Bigleaf maple, vine maple, California buckeye, California ash, Northern California black walnut and miner’s dogwood all provide seasonal color at this elevation.
Chico (197′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
Patrick Ranch (1671′), Durham – Patchy (10-50%)
Paradise (1,778′) – Patchy (10-50%)
See photos at  It’ll Be Paradise At Peak

 


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