30 – 50% – Butte County
Butte County’s trees are changing fast now. The vibrant reds are out and the luscious golds are starting to pop. The leaves are still on the trees and the color change is at 30%, more in the higher elevations of the Paradise/Magalia area. Colors will intensify with the cold weather.
15 – 30% – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Based on reports from park rangers, the area around Whiskeytown Lake NRA isn’t showing significant color change; it is still about 15%. The Chinese pistachios are showing a little color in the visitor center parking lot but others, like the liquid amber, are not showing any color. With consistent cold weather, colors should start to change more quickly.
75 – 100% – Burney Falls State Park
There have been lots of changes in the trees up at Burney Falls in the last couple of weeks. A California State Park ranger there reported the forest to be peaking with colors just beginning to fade.
75 – 100% – Lassen Volcanic National Park
Colors are at peak in the national park. Cottonwoods & willows are in full color at Manzanita Lake with buff to yellow, but this past week’s storm did eliminate some of the color at Hat Creek.
Past Peak – Lassen National Forest
There is noticeable change throughout the forest. Colors have peaked with many trees past peak, though there is still beautiful and dramatic color in protected areas such as Bogard Campground.
75 – 100% Modoc National Forest
The Warner Mountains are in 60-80% color change. The aspens are a beautiful yellow.
Past Peak – Siskiyou County
The colors are past peak, although there is still some beautiful color in the town of Mt. Shasta.
75 – 100% – Trinity County
Many aspen, apple, pear & mulberry are showing their red and yellow fall colors. To see the best color take the loop from Highway 3 to Trinity Dam Blvd, past Trinity & Lewiston Lakes & south to Highway 299.
75-100% – Plumas County
Abundant fall colors are at 100% in Plumas County with lots of variety! Plumas County at the northern Sierra Nevada is always a good choice for varied color.
50 – 75% – Yosemite Valley
Rob Bohning provides this lovely photograph of dogwood glowing rose in Yosemite Valley. Rob says the dogwood are at about 50% of color. Yosemite Valley often shows the best fall color in late October to early November, although the sugar maple by the chapel turns first. This year’s display was a bit muted, Rob suggested, again hinting that the show is running late this year… a phenomenon seen across California in 2010.
15-30% – Sacramento
Travel writer Barbara Steinberg says the cooling hint of fall has taken hold of her city with beautfiful color now beginning to appear in its urban forest.
15 – 30% – Sierra Foothills (West Slope)
Latrobe Road (El Dorado County) has the first flecks of yellow. As you head along CA-49, CA-16 and CA-124, the color is just beginning to appear