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Patches of Color Appearing in Mono County

Tue ,02/09/2014
Little Lakes Valley Trail (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Little Lakes Valley Trail (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Late summer wildflowers,  Little Lakes Valley Trail (9/1/14)   Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Late summer wildflowers, Little Lakes Valley Trail (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Just Starting – Rock Creek. With nighttime temperatures dipping into the low 40s, color spotter Alicia Vennos says the first hints of color are gracing the aspen of Mono County. Rock Creek is a perennial season leader in this part of the Eastern Sierra.  Though, as of Labor Day (Sept. 1), just a few trees around the Rock Creek Lake area (9800′) were showing patches of color.

Rock Creek Road (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek Road (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Along the Little Lakes Valley trail at the end of Rock Creek Road, the lake grass is a gorgeous blend of lime green and gold, and some hardy wildflowers are still hanging on to summer — the contrast with the reddening underbrush is delightful.

Rock Creek Road (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek Road (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek Road Construction:  please note that much-needed road improvements — including the addition of a new bicycle lane — are taking place on Rock Creek Road, mid-week/non-holidays, so expect delays. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Just Starting – McGee Creek Canyon

McGee Creek Canyon and Devils Postpile are also reported to be starting to change, again at 0-10%.

June Lake

Plan a visit around the June Lake Autumn Beer Festival, Sat., Oct. 11.  The new June Lake Brewery, which opened in summer, will be joined by several craft brewers for the second annual festival at Gull Lake park.  For more info, CLICK HERE.

Mono County Lodging - For lodging options by community/town and the best deals, visit MonoCounty.org.

“Magnificent Mono

Thu ,17/10/2013
June Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Mono County has come into magnificence with reports from color spotter Alicia Vennos of areas of this Eastern Sierra County that we haven’t seen previously.  This is most definitely the weekend to head to the East Side.  Now that the federal shutdown has ended, Yosemite National Park has reopened (Tioga Pass remained open throughout the shutdown).  So, this is likely the last, best weekend to head across the Sierra through Yosemite (Hwy 120 – The Tioga Road).

McGee Creek Canyon (10/16/13) Ethan James

McGee Creek Canyon (10/16/13) Ethan James

McGee Creek Canyon (10/16/13) Ethan James

McGee Creek Canyon (10/16/13) Ethan James

GO NOW! 75 – 100% – McGee Creek Canyon - Alicia reports that “There is a real mix of color right now at McGee — some trees are past peak, some are perfect, and others are still tiptoeing towards lime green and yellow.  The campground area is the richest in color, right now, but the hiking trail has some gorgeous gold and orange, too.

Convict Lake (10/16/13) Convict Lake Resort

Convict Lake (10/16/13) Convict Lake Resort

Silver Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Silver Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Convict Lake - The entire canyon is at peak. There are lots of spectacular colors to be seen on the ride to the lake, including intense yellow, brilliant orange and, recently, traces of burnt Sienna. This is about the last weekend to see full color at Convict Lake, as large sections along the upper creek above the lake are dropping their leaves.  If you’re going, take advantage of these deals and offers:

  • Convict Lake Resort is offering Fall Lodging Specials through Oct. 31st starting at $379+tax (Sunday thru Thursday - 2 Nights for 2 Persons).  Includes $100 Restaurant Credit & Full Day Motor Boat Rental.
  • Late Fall Lodging Specials from Nov 3rd to Nov. 15th starting at $199+tax (Sundaythru Thursday - 2 Nights for 2 Persons).  Includes Full Day Motor Boat Rental.
  • Convict Lake Resort’s annual fall fishing derby, “Ambush at the Lake” is happening now through Nov. 15, with $6,000 in resort prizes.  A $2,000 Cash Bonus Weekend occurs Nov. 1-3.
Double Eagle Resort & Spa, June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Ralph Lockhart

Double Eagle Resort & Spa, June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Ralph Lockhart

June Lake (10/14/13) Rachel Jackson

June Lake (10/14/13) Rachel Jackson

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – June Lake - 100% - Alicia reports that “It is pretty much perfection right now around everyone’s favorite “loop”, a.k.a. Hwy. 158″ We’ll add, that if you can get away, this is the prime weekend to see the June Lake Loop in all its glory.  We’ll probably be reporting past week, next week.  Ralph Lockhart at the Double Eagle Resort and Spa reports the entire north end of the June Lake Loop is “Exploding, right now.”

Therese LaChance Ely paints fall color at Parker Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Therese LaChance Ely paints fall color at Parker Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Parker Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Parker Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Parker Lake - 100% - This small, but majestic lake, attracts many young families, a few anglers, photographers and – this past weekend – even award-winning artist, Therese LaChance Ely, well-known for her “Sierra-scapes.”

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Lundy Lake - We’re amazed that Lundy has been so spectacular for so long.  This could be the last weekend to see it at peak.  Alicia describes it as “at peak and glorious, especially along Lundy Lake Road.” The popular hiking trail at the end of the dirt road, past Lundy Lake Resort, is past peak with just a few bright trees left.

Little Walker Lake (10/14/13) Alicia Vennos

Little Walker Lake (10/14/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Little Walker Lake - Little Walker is a beautiful, lesser-known lake in dramatic Bloody Canyon, just north of the June Lake Loop.  Directions:  At the north end of Hwy. 158, take Parker Lake Road and then the first right, following the signs.  The trail starts high with a lovely view down to the lake.

 

Location: Mammoth / June Lakes
Temperature: 62.6 °F
Humidity: 14%
Dew point: 14 °F
Wind speed: 5km/hr
Wind direction: 120°
Cloud cover: n/a

More Mono Images

Tue ,15/10/2013
Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

Here’s a selection of nice photos taken this past weekend in Mono County by Rachel Jackson.

June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

RJackson - Silver Lake 2

Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

Mammoth/June – Simply Lovely, Losing It Higher Up

Tue ,15/10/2013
Mammoth Creek, Sunday  Evening (10/13/13) Susan Morning

Mammoth Creek, Sunday Evening (10/13/13) Susan Morning

Color spotter Edina Ingram reports that the Mammoth Lakes area is closer to full peak in lower elevations.  Jaganath Achari seconds her assessment and reports, after visiting  Mammoth and June Lakes this past weekend that, “it was busting in colors all over the place.”  

He added, “You really have no idea how many times I refresh your home page every day this season… Now eagerly waiting for your Napa/Sonoma and Shasta Cascade reports!”  OK, Jag, you’ve challenged us.  We’ll put out a report on the wine country this week.  From photos we’ve seen, some Sonoma County vineyards – it’s always spotty there- are 50%. 

Getting back to Mammoth/June, here’s the latest:

 

Convict Lake (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

Convict Lake (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

 

Gull Lake (10/13/13) Jaganath Achari

Gull Lake (10/13/13) Jaganath Achari

 

Aspen, Lundy Canyon (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

Aspen, Lundy Canyon (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

 

Conway Summit (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

Conway Summit (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

GO NOW! – 50-75%  - 7,500′ Elevation and Below - Mammoth Creek and areas off Sherwin Creek Road in Mammoth Lakes are approaching or at full peak. 

GO NOW! – 75-100% – 8,000′ Elevation and Above - Similar to what’s happened at Rock Creek and Bishop Creek, areas above 8,000′ are beginning to die off with trees showing half their leaves.  You’ll find color leading up to these elevations, though increasingly less color the higher up you go.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – June Lake - Full Peak.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Conway Summit - Broad swaths of yellow aspen are turning orange, as Conway Summit continues to lag behind nearby canyons (Lundy, Virginia Creek, Twin Lakes).

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Twin Lakes, Bridgeport - This canyon tucked at the southwest end of the Bridgeport basin is often overlooked by leaf peepers and photogs, though it shouldn’t be.  Jaganath Achari didn’t miss visiting it on his trip to the East Side this past weekend and provides this panorama of the lakes, fringed with gold and backed by impressive Sierra peaks.  It’s worth a diversion, when traveling US 395 through Bridgeport… famous for its rustic cabins and fishing.

Twin Lakes, Bridgeport (10/13/13) Jaganath Achari

Twin Lakes, Bridgeport (10/13/13) Jaganath Achari
Location: Mammoth / June Lakes
Temperature: 35.6 °F
Humidity: 64%
Dew point: 24.8 °F
Wind speed: 9km/hr
Wind direction: 280°
Cloud cover: n/a

June Is Bustin’ Out All Over – Go Now!

Thu ,10/10/2013
Gull Lake, June Lakes (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Gull Lake, June Lakes (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

In the words of Rodgers and Hammerstein, “June is bustin’ out all over!”  We always get the most queries from color photogs and leaf peepers anxious about timing their visits to the Eastern Sierra and beautiful June Lake in Mono County, off US 395.  This week was no different.

Several wrote to us, nervous about what we’d report, as June hadn’t checked in for two weeks.  Well, pack your bags!  Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos has confirmed that June IS bustin out all over.

June Lake is a special place to see fall color because of its impressive… no, I’m sorry, I meant to say, IMPRESSIVE landscapes.  Massive, snow-draped peaks rise in the background, while dazzling color is reflected in mountain lakes in the foreground.  

That’s the scene at June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake and Grant Lake.   So, hold your breaths and adjust your white balance, as you’ll see auburn, flame red, pumpkin orange, cadmium yellow, lime green and azure blue.  We give it another week like this with full peak sometime next week, unless (fingers crossed) weather comes through.  But, why risk it?  Go now!

Here’s the latest from Mono County.

Conway Summit, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Conway Summit, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Convict Lake (10/10/13) Peter Chun

Convict Lake (10/10/13) Peter Chun

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Convict Lake - It is absolutely golden surrounding this pond.

GO NOW! 50 – 75% – Conway Summit - Broad swaths of flickering yellow, tinged with orange and lime are making Conway Summit a sight to behold.  It’s still just short of peak, but very close.  Don’t wait.  The risk of winds or weather stripping the trees from their majesty is just too great.  Go now!

June Lake, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake Foothills, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake Foothills, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Grant Lake, June Lakes (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Grant Lake, June Lakes (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake Loop (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake Loop (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – June Lake - This measurement is at the lower end of 75%.  Because of this, June Lake should have two weeks of good color.  Though, it is likely to peak early next week.  Conditions are ripe for great photography and leaf peeping this weekend.  For anyone who waited too long to see June peak, don’t blow it this year.  Go now!

Skiers and Riders: June Mountain ski area will be reopening again this winter, after a several year hiatus.  This is a fabulous ski mountain for families, boarders, and backcountry skiing (from a lift).  If you’ve not skied or ridden there previously, do yourself a favor and plan a trip this winter.  It’s great fun.

Lundy Lake, Mono County (10/8/13) Susan Johnson

Lundy Lake, Mono County (10/8/13) Susan Johnson

GO NOW! 75 – 100% – Lundy Lake - The aspen surrounding Lundy Lake are deep orange, the deepest color we’ve seen them carry in many years.  Don’t miss this spectacular show.  Go now before the wind knocks them from branches!

Past Peak – Upper Rock Creek - You missed it.

Rock Creek (10/10/13) Peter Chun

Rock Creek (10/10/13) Peter Chun

30 – 50% – Lower Rock Creek – Still glowing and turning at lower elevations, though it’s now half off in upper areas.

Location: Mammoth / June Lakes
Temperature: 53.6 °F
Humidity: 32%
Dew point: 24.8 °F
Wind speed: 9km/hr
Wind direction: 10°
Cloud cover: broken clouds

Mono County – Pie Perfect – Go Now!

Thu ,26/09/2013
Pie in the Sky (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Pie in the Sky (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos sent  a little whimsy along with today’s report of fall color… a humorous shot of someone spotting a slice of fall color at Pie in the Sky along the Rock Creek Road.

Rock Creek

Hilton/Davis Trail, Rock Creek Lake (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Float Angler on Rock Creek Lake (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Float Angler on Rock Creek Lake (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Rock Creek Lake - Alicia writes, “Undaunted by recent wind and snow, the color shines on at Rock Creek in southern Mono County, particularly the upper section of Rock Creek Road at Rock Creek Lake where the red and orange hues are dazzling.”

Convict Lake (9/25/13) Alicia Vennos

Convict Lake (9/25/13) Alicia Vennos

10 – 20% – Convict Lake - The canyon is starting to show a few small pockets of gold and the yellow has increased. The aspens along the lower creek and in the campground are still showing green with a modest amount of yellow. The back of the lake and up the canyon is also showing signs of yellow but no brilliant colors to date. Still some time before Convict Canyon will be at its peak.

Early Snow on Aspen at Virginia Lakes (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Early Snow on Aspen at Virginia Lakes (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Virginia Lakes - The early snowfall on Saturday, Sept. 21 created the perfect backdrop to the fall color along Virginia Lakes Road.

Green Creek Road, Red Aspen (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek Road, Red Aspen (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek Road, Red Aspen (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Colorful Aspen leaves in the Snow, Green Creek Rd. (9/27/13) Donna Mercer

Colorful Aspen leaves in the Snow, Green Creek Rd. (9/27/13) Donna Mercer

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% - A  stand of astonishingly red aspen are to be viewed along upper Green Creek Road.  Take Virginia Lakes Road from the top of Conway Summit (US 395 between Lee Vining and Bridgeport) and watch for the sign to Green Creek Road to the right/north. Green Creek is a wide dirt road in excellent shape and the color is magnificent right now.  75% at upper elevations; 30% at lower elevations.

Conway Summit (9/24/13) Alicia Vennos

Conway Summit (9/24/13) Alicia Vennos

0 – 15% – Conway Summit - Still hovering at 15%, though keep track of reports, as this beautiful area can turn quickly once it begins to flush.  Alicia Vennos provides the above photo of what she describes as a “staggered” timing of fall color.  There’s lots of green, but also lime, yellow and just over the ridge to the west is Green Creek Rd. with prolific reds and oranges.

Ducks on Silver Lake (9/22/13) Alicia Vennos

Ducks on Silver Lake (9/22/13) Alicia Vennos

0 – 15% – June Lake Loop - The spectacular June Lake Loop is just starting to get into the spirit of the season — still mostly lime green and yellow — but colder temperatures in coming nights should act as the perfect catalyst to nudge the June Lake area along.  A dusting of snow on high peaks surrounding Silver Lake and the other June Lakes promises to provide some incredible scenes in coming weeks as the color turns below.

Location: Mammoth / June Lakes
Temperature: 44.6 °F
Humidity: 30%
Dew point: 15.8 °F
Wind speed: 7km/hr
Wind direction: 350°
Cloud cover: scattered clouds

Mono County Peaking at Upper Elevations – Go Now!

Thu ,19/09/2013

Mono County color spotter Ethan James reports autumn is “in full-swing” well before its official first day (Sun., June 22).  And, with cool weather forecast, the color will intensify and pockets of peak color will exist for the next three weeks.  Because of this, we are issuing three GO NOW! alerts for Mono County.

15 – 30% – Lower Rock Creek Road - James estimates the of the road to be at 25% with some gold, yellow, lime green and orange emerging.  As previously reported, Pie in the Sky Café at the Rock Creek Lake Resort plans to remain  open until October 13,  serving their world-famous pies, freshly baked from scratch every day.

Rock Creek Lake (9/17/13)

Rock Creek Lake (9/18/13) © Ethan James

Rock Creek Canyon (9/17/13) ©

Rock Creek Canyon (9/18/13) © Ethan James

GO NOW! - 50- 75% – Upper Rock Creek Road - The upper reaches of Rock Creek Road, including around Rock Creek Lake are “quite breathtaking with beautiful red, orange and gold aspen.”

0 – 15% – Convict Lake - Charles reporting from the Convict Lake Resort says “It’s still early for significant color in the canyon. There is just a scattering of yellow as you drive up to Convict Lake.”  The Convict Lake Resort is offering Fall Lodging Specials starting at $379+tax (Sunday thru Thursday - 2 Nights for 2 Persons).  Includes $100 Restaurant Credit & Full Day Motor Boat Rental.  Convict Lake’s annual fall fishing derby, “Ambush at the Lake” is happening now through Nov. 15, with $6,000 in resort prizes.  A $2,000 Cash Bonus Weekend occurs Nov. 1-3.

GO NOW! - 75 – 100% – The Sherwins (Mammoth Lakes) - The Sherwins above 8,500′ are peaking.

15 – 30% – Mammoth Lakes - Spots of color are to be seen in the Town of Mammoth Lakes, though peak is still two weeks away.

Parker Lake (9/17/13) Donna Mercer

Parker Lake (9/17/13) © Donna Mercer

Parker Lake (9/17/13) Donna Mercer

Parker Lake (9/17/13) © Donna Mercer

Quaking Aspen, Parker Lake (9/17/13) Donna Mercer

Quaking Aspen, Parker Lake (9/17/13) © Donna Mercer

0 – 15% – Parker Lake - Color spotter Donna Mercer hiked to Parker Lake off the June Lake Loop on 9/17 and says that the colors on the trail and at the lake itself are still mostly bright lime-green with some gold, yellow and random splotches of orange.

15 – 30% – June Lake Loop - This magnificent drive (Hwy. 158) is showing signs of color, especially at higher elevations, but still has a long way to go.  It should be glorious during June Lake’s Autumn Beer Festival on October 5 at Gull Lake Park.

Virginia Lakes Road (9/13/13) Carolyn Webb

Virginia Lakes Road (9/13/13) © Carolyn Webb

Virginia Lakes Road (9/13/13) Carolyn Webb

Virginia Lakes Road (9/13/13) © Carolyn Webb

Virginia Lakes (9/13/13) © Carolyn Webb

Virginia Lakes (9/13/13) © Carolyn Webb

GO NOW! - 50 – 75% – Virginia Lakes - Color spotter Carolyn Webb recommends driving up the Virginia Lakes Road for displays of  vibrant colors

0 – 15% – Conway Summit - Still  mostly lime-green.

The new edition of the Eastern Sierra Fall Color Guide & Map is now in.  Call 800-845-7922 for a FREE copy or request one on-line at www.MonoCounty.org/Fall-Color.  

 

Location: Mammoth / June Lakes
Temperature: 50 °F
Humidity: 31%
Dew point: 21.2 °F
Wind speed: 8km/hr
Wind direction: 290°
Cloud cover: n/a

June Lake Hangin’ In There

Fri ,02/11/2012

June Lake Loop (11/1/12) Jeff Simpson

June Lake Loop (11/1/12) Jeff Simpson

Reverse Creek Lodge, June Lake (11/1/12) Jeff Simpson

Alicia Vennos reports, “there is still some beautiful fall color to be found in Mono County, particularly around the June Lake Loop (Hwy. 158).  These photos of June Lake and Gull Lake were taken yesterday by Jeff Simpson as some weather passed through, but they show the range of color from peaking to past peak.   The Sierra Nevada (Spanish for “snowy range”) behind them make the perfect backdrop for photos.”  With the change of seasons, she reports, “Lots of availability and choice of lodging throughout the county:  www.MonoCounty.org

75 – 100% – June Lake Loop - Despite mist and high mountain snow this past week, the trees along the June Lake Loop are still showing color.  This is the year they’ll never said die!

Location: Mammoth / June Lakes
Temperature: 51.8 °F
Humidity: 43%
Dew point: 30.2 °F
Wind speed: 6km/hr
Wind direction: 140°
Cloud cover: n/a

Gallimauphry – East/West Sierra, Wine/Gold Country

Thu ,25/10/2012

June Lake Loop (10/25/12) Jeff Titcomb

Here’s a roundup of color seen around the state.  We received photos only from Mono County.  I drove through Napa and Sonoma Counties today, but had no time to stop and take photos, so must leave that to local color spotters.  Visit the “About” page on this site to find our email address.

Also, if you’re frustrated that we haven’t responded to requests posted on our Facebook page, it got blocked by Facebook because we responded to a message sent to us by one of our color spotters.  The message was actually a Facebook virus that infected our site.  So, Facebook has blocked us from posting until they’re sure the virus is gone.

This blog, however, is not infected, so it will continue to post reports.  Because the Facebook message from the spotter related to “color change,” we thought it had something to do with fall color.  And, since it came from a productive spotter, we clicked on the request, only to learn today that it was a virus.

Because it was a virus and because we clicked to accept the color spotter’s request, the virus may have sent itself among our Facebook friends.  So, if you are a subscriber to our Facebook page and receive a request from us to something to do with “color change,” don’t accept it.   In the meantime, here’s what’s happening:

 

June Lake Loop (10/25/12) Jeff Titcomb

 

June Lake Loop (10/25/12) Jeff Titcomb

 

June Lake Loop (10/25/12) Jeff Titcomb

Eastern Sierra

Past Peak – Bishop Creek Canyon (above 7,500’) – All elevations above 7,500’ are now past peak, though some spectacular color can be seen in pockets of the Bishop Creek Canyon.

75 – 100% – Bishop Creek Canyon (below 7,500’) – The lower areas of Bishop Creek Canyon are in their glory, with lots of yellow and spots of orange.

Owens Valley, Bishop (10/25/12) Jon Klusmire

50 – 75% – Owens Valley - The color seen in Bishop and other towns long US 395 contrasted with snow atop Eastern Sierra peaks is breathtaking.

75 – 100% – Convict Lake – The mix of snow and fall color this past week has been beautiful.

75 – 100% – Mammoth Lakes – Spirits are up at Mammoth Mountain which reported 18” of new snow on the mountain this past week.  Combined with the fall color that’s still to be seen in the Lakes Basin, the area is “stunning.”

75 – 100% – June Lake – Color is at peak along the June Lake Loop, described by a reporter as “magnificent.”  The early snow has provided beautiful contrast.

Western Sierra

30 – 50% – Yosemite Valley – Dogwood are coloring pink, the bigleaf maple have dropped leaves into fern spring  and the black oak are turning bright orange and black in time for Halloween.  The famous pioneer Eastern Sugar Maple near the Yosemite chapel is past peak.  Yosemite nature photographer, Michael Frye reports on his blog (see link at left), “… autumn is arriving slowly. I found some nice color across the river from El Capitan, underneath Middle Cathedral Rock, where most of the maples have turned yellow. Some other maples around the valley have also turned, along with a few dogwoods and cottonwoods, but most of the deciduous trees are still green.  It looks like the peak color is still at least a week away, but the good news is that most of the trees seem to be in good shape. The leaves on a few dogwoods have already wilted and turned brown, but these are a small minority. Last year most of the cottonwood leaves wilted before changing color, but this year the cottonwoods look normal—if still mostly green.”

Gold Country

75 – 100% – Sierra Foothills – Grasses and ground covers in the Sierra foothills are glowing golden with splashes of maroon, along Latrobe Road, CA-16 and Buena Vista Road.  Amador County vineyards are just beginning to show yellow and auburn, mostly lime green on the vines.

North Coast

30 – 50% – Napa Valley – A hillside of vines at the intersection of CA-12 and the Silverado Trail is flush with ruby, yellow, orange and lime.

30 – 50% – Carneros – Vines near Cuvaison and Domaine Carneros at CA-12 and Duhig Rd. are yellow, red and lime.

30 – 50% – Valley of the Moon, Sonoma County – Vines along Stage Gulch Rd (CA-116) now sparkle with red, yellow and lime.

Tornados, Snow and Fall Color

Tue ,23/10/2012

June Lake Loop, Winter/Fall Contrast (10/22/12) Nicholas Barnhart

Despite this week’s early winter storm which dropped tornados and snow on Northern California, there still remains a lot of fall color yet to develop across California.

The storm knocked turned leaves from branches, though any that had not yet turned (mostly under 7,000′) will still show color once weather patterns return to warmer days and chill nights.  The storm is predicted to continue through Wednesday, so a prediction of its effect on fall color will have to wait until the storm passes.

June Lake (10/17/12) Alicia Vennos

In comparison, here’s a shot of June Lake taken this past week before the storm by Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos.

Location: Mammoth / June Lakes
Temperature: 48.2 °F
Humidity: 12%
Dew point: -0.4 °F
Wind speed: 3km/hr
Wind direction: 260°
Cloud cover: scattered clouds