Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 1, 2018

California Fall Color Updates 10/1/18

California Fall Color has several new posts. Highlights include:

  • San Gogonio Wilderness- strong winds from the edges of Tropical Storm Rosa may strip turned color which photos indicated might peak by the coming weekend. However, there’s lots of green in the forest, so the peak will last another week or two. If you’d like to visit it, the Aspen Grove is accessible only by hiking there (about 1.5 mi.) along Aspen Forest Road 1N05. Considering this week’s winds, you might want to consider to … GO NOW!  Aspen Grove, San Gorgonio Wilderness, Sand to Snow National Monument – Patchy to Near Peak (10-75%) GO NOW!
  • Hope Valley – “It’s a mixed bag, right now … (and) It’s windy, GO NOW!” Hope Valley – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Coldstream Valley – hike is mellow after a short climb up the glacial moraine of the glacier that once filled the valley. In spring, the valley is decorated with wildflowers and in autumn, scattered fall color. The entire loop is 6 mi. Coldstream Valley, Truckee (5,817′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Lassen National Park -Everywhere you look on a drive through Lassen Volcanic National Park (northeast California), there’s molten color to be seen. fall color now appearing in all the national park’s meadows are impressive though, “Kings Creek Meadow from its upper vantage point is spectacular!”
    At Manzanita Lake (northwest entrance), foliage varies in degree change, but overall it’s at Peak. An easy trail winds around the lake with thinleaf alder (Alnus tenuifolia), Pacific (Salix lasinandra) and Lemmons (Salix lemmonii) willow and black cottonwood (Populus trihocarpa) inhabit the shoreline and scatter gold, yellow and orange leaves upon the lake.

    One of the finest reflection shots in any national park can be taken from the west end of the Manzanita Lake trail, with Lassen Peak perfectly reflected on its mirror surface – best near sunset.
    Kings Meadow, Lassen Volcanic National Park (7,500′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
    Devastated Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park (7,000′) – Near Peak(50-75%) GO NOW!
    Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park (5,900′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

See photos and detailed reports at California Fall Color

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