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Color or B&W?

Black oak, Hideaway Rd., Greenville (10/29/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Black oak, Hideaway Rd., Greenville (10/29/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Jeff Luke Titcomb reports that black oak are peaking in Greenville (Plumas County) along Hideaway Rd.

Nancy Hull found red, orange, yellow and lime ash peaking near the Colusa Unified School playground.

Jeff says the oak look good even without their color. Which do you prefer: color, or black & white?

Greenville, Plumas County – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

Colusa – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

 

 

Ash, Colusa Unified School (10/29/17) Nancy Hull

 

 

 

Ash, Colusa Unified School (10/29/17) Nancy Hull

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Storm Arriving

Truckee River (10/19/17) Herb Huang

Foray Rd., Greenville, Plumas County (10/18/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Locations like these, shot by Herb Huang and Jeff Luke Titcomb, will be overcast for the next 24-hours as a storm passes over Northern California.

The storm will blow turned leaves from most trees, but it won’t denude them.

Lots of color will remain, particularly on trees that were nearing peak, as they still have the strength in the leaves to, as Avril Lavigne would sing…

Keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through
We’ll make it through
Just stay strong
‘Cause you know I’m here for you
I’m here for you
There’s nothing you could say
Nothing you could do
There’s no other way when it comes to the truth
So keep holding on
‘Cause you know we’ll make it through
We’ll make it through

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Plumas County Fills With Color

Bigleaf maple, Plumas County (9/30/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Plumas County color spotter Jeff Luke Titcomb took a road trip in search of fall color.

Bigleaf maple, Plumas County (9/30/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Wild Locust, Plumas County (9/30/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Dogwood, Plumas County (9/30/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Plumas County, Plumas County (9/30/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Dogwood, Plumas County (9/30/17) Jeff Luke Titcomb

He rode along Hideaway Road and Round Valley Road to the Round Valley reservoir, then up from there to the top, and back down to Canyon Dam near Lake Almanor.

He found the Canyon Dam side not as far along with weeks to go until peak color. Though the dogwoods are coming along and bigleaf maples are half way there.

River bottoms along Wolf Creek in Greenville are full of yellows and reds beside Hideaway Road.

A tree that is often confused (wild locust) are in full yellow. Jeff reports that the higher you go in the area,  the longer it seems the color will take to peak, though the valley floor is turning fast.

Plumas County (3,500’) – Patchy (10-50%)

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Greenville… No Longer Green

Black oak, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Black oak, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Near Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Near Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Bigleaf maple, Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Bigleaf maple, Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood approaching Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood approaching Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Black oak and bigleaf maple, Indian Creek, (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood and bigleaf maple, Indian Creek, (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Round Valley Reservoir, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Hideaway Road, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Hideaway Road, Greenville (10/16/16) Jeff Titcomb

Greenville in the Northern Sierra of Plumas County is hardly living up to its name any longer, as fall color is accenting the town with auburn, crimson, pink, hot orange, umber, yellow, buff and lime splashes.

There are so many bright colors to be seen that, for the next three weeks, we propose that Greenville be renamed, “Crayolaville.”

Color spotter Jeff Luke Titcomb traveled Plumas County’s byways to return with these images of what’s happening up north.

He found dogwood, bigleaf maple and black oak providing the predominant colors and reports, “The valley is dropping leaves but the canyon roads are beautiful and holding strong.

“Oaks and dogwoods still have time for color change, the big leaf maples are at full color now.”

Give Greenville three weeks of awesome color.

Greenville, Plumas County – Near Peak (50-100%) GO NOW!

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How Big is Big?

Bigleaf maple, Indian Creek (11/4/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Bigleaf maple, Indian Creek (11/4/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Indian Creek (11/4/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Indian Creek (11/4/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

When it comes to California bigleaf maple, how Big is big?

Jeff Luke Titcomb reports that bigleaf maple leaves along Indian Creek in Plumas County are as big as “8” wide and equally as long.”

The big leaves are still bright yellow along creeks and river bottoms near Greenville.

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Indian Creek, Plumas County 

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Shasta Cascade – Fire and Ice (Hike of the Week)

Knotweed, Cliff Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP (9/12/15) Shanda Ochs

Knotweed, Cliff Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP (9/12/15) Shanda Ochs

Knotweed, Cliff Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP (9/12/15) Shanda Ochs

Knotweed, Cliff Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP (9/12/15) Shanda Ochs

This past week, a dusting of snow atop Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park closed the park road, but that was short lived, as many of these early dustups tend to be in California.

Park Guide Shanda Ochs sends the above photo of firey red knotweed, photographed of the meadow on the trail northeast of Cliff Lake in the national park on Sept. 12.  She reported, “In the past, this color typically holds for quite some time before leaves fall off. I don’t know if this will be the case this year.”

Shanda notes, “It appears that the aspen lost leaves early due to the lack of water. There was a very short period that they were in full color, but lost the leaves quickly. I don’t think we will see the fall color that is typical year after year, based on the lack of water.”

The bright color have encouraged CaliforniaFallColor.com to name the Cliff Lake trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park as our first Hike of the Week in 2015.

Alder and Willow, Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP (9/21/15) Shanda Ochs

Alder and willow, Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic NP (9/21/15) Shanda Ochs

At Manzanita Lake, the willows beside the lake have turned chartreuse and orange-yellow, though among the alder there is no “stand out color yet, and we may not see that either because of the lack of water.”  Shanda notes, “But we still have time there. ”

Bigleaf maple, Plumas County (9/20/15) Jeff Titcomb

Bigleaf maple, Plumas County (9/20/15) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Plumas County (9/20/15) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Plumas County (9/20/15) Jeff Titcomb

In Plumas County, color spotters Lisa May and Jeff Titcomb reports that bigleaf maple “are just barely getting into color change, but again dry weather is causing browning and falling leaves before they have the chance to change color.” Jeff predicts there will be weeks more of color in the beautiful Indian Valley. About 25% of the dogwood have begun to color their trademark rose to red tones.

Patchy (10-50%) – Lassen Volcanic National Park – Drought has shortened the show among some aspen that have begun to turn, though most of the forest has not and should turn on schedule. Lassen Volcanic NP is one location where looking down is recommended to see fall color juxtaposed to dramatic grand landscapes in the distance, as seen in Shanda’s photographs.

Patchy (10-50%) – Round Valley, Plumas County – About a quarter of the bigleaf maple at the Round Valley Reservoir near Greenville have begun to turn.  Some of the big leaves are drying quickly, once they turn. Similarly, dogwood are showing their rosy blush.

Indian Valley Peaking – Go Now!

Indian Valley (11/6/12) Jeff Luke Titcomb

75 – 100% – Indian Valley – Color spotter Jeff Luke Titcomb reports the Indian Valley, southeast of Lake Almanor is “at peak color right now.”

This scenic mountain meadow was so named in 1851 for the large number of native Maidu people living there.  Greenville is the largest town in the valley.  Other communities include Taylorsville, Crescent Mills and Canyon Dam.

The valley is considered to be one of the best places in Plumas County for a scenic drive, due to its being surrounded by mountains, its tree-lined meadow and ranches, old barns and grazing cattle.