Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 8, 2017

California Fall Color Updates 11/8/17

California Fall Color  has  new updates

Grass Valley – Black oak, bigleaf maple, red maple and gingko biloba were at peak today in Grass Valley, color spotter Robert Kermen reports, a sure sign that the Gold Country is a Peak of the Week destination for this weekend.
Grass Valley (2,411′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
See photos at GRASS VALLEY GLOWS

Mendocino County – similar to Napa and Sonoma counties, fall color is more easily seen in Mendocino County.
It requires driving slowly along country roads near vineyards and looking for vines that are turning color. Some are Patchy, some Near Peak, some Peaking and some Past Peak.
Do not enter vineyards without permission. They’re all private property, even if not posted (which they rarely are). Though, it is not necessary to enter a vineyard to see or photograph fall color, as it is readily seen along their edges.
Mendocino County – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
See photos at #MENDOSTRONG

Shasta Cascade – signs of peak approaching throughout Butte County.
Oroville and Biggs (to Oroville’s west) are near peak with Chinese pistache throwing off increasingly iridescent color around the ancient burgundy walls of Oroville’s Chinese temple.
At Sank Park in downtown Oroville, maple, dogwood and more Chinese pistache are peaking.
West of Oroville, Biggs Pond is ringed with yellow, chartreuse and lime-colored brush. The Valley oak are carrying the first signs of orange and yellow color.
Traveling north from Oroville, the Midway between Durham and Chico continues to transition with some orange appearing among yellow and lime oak and pistache, though many leaves along this boulevard have dropped. Walnut orchards up and down CA-99 are coloring up.
In Chico, the Esplanade, its famous boulevard, is overhanging with patchy Valley oak and Chinese pistache, though near peak color should arrive this weekend and peak continue to Thanksgiving Day.
Further north in Paradise, color has peaked. The last remaining black oak leaves hang proudly from trees around Paradise Lake.
Oroville – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
Biggs – – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
Chico – Patchy (10-50%)
Paradise – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
See photos at NEARING PEAK NEAR CHICO

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