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Tahoe Glittering Gold

Sun ,19/10/2014
Lake Tahoe (10/18/14) Kimberly Kofala

Lake Tahoe (10/18/14) Kimberly Kofala

Lake Tahoe (Peak – 75 – 100%) – Color spotter Kimberly Kofala reports Lake Tahoe is glittering with gold. GO NOW!

Tahoe Still Peaking

Tue ,22/10/2013
Lake Tahoe, East Shore (10/21/13) DK

Lake Tahoe, East Shore (10/21/13) DK

DK from Glenbrook on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe pitches us these shots of the east shore still glowing at Lake Tahoe.

Glenwood, Lake Tahoe (10/21/13) DK

Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe (10/21/13) DK

Tahoe City (10/19/13) Linnea Wahamaki

Tahoe City (10/19/13) Linnea Wahamaki

W - Donner Summit

Donner Summit (10/18/13) Linnea Wahamaki

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Lake Tahoe – Cottonwood and aspen are still dressed in gold along the shore of the lake, though each day more leaves flutter to the forest floor.  Linnea Wahamaki sends these snaps of Tahoe City and Donner Summit.

Tahoe Peaking at Brockway Summit (Hwy 267)

Sun ,06/10/2013
Brockway Summit (CA- 267) , Truckee (10/5/13) John Poimiroo

Brockway Summit (CA- 267) , Truckee (10/5/13) John Poimiroo

Lake Tahoe is approaching peak or at peak.

GO NOW! – 50-75% – North Shore Drive (Hwy 28) – Willows have turned chartreuse, aspen are 30 to 50% turned, exotic species of maple are red, orange and auburn with tinges of gold.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – West Shore (Hwy 89) – Aspen are between 30 and 50% turned, while willows and exotic maples have peaked.

Brockway Summit (10/5/13) John Poimiroo

Brockway Summit (10/5/13) John Poimiroo

GO NOW! – 75-100% – Brockway Summit (7,100′) – The Truckee side of Hwy 267 is peaking with aspen groves varying from 50% to full peak.  Beautiful orange and yellow-orange is seen in the grove farthest up the road.  Many bridal couples and models were getting photographed near an old shed in a meadow off the road.

GO NOW! – 50-75% – Truckee – Most of the aspen are between 30 and 50%, while willows, and exotic maple and rose hips are peaking.

Awesome Autumn at Lake Tahoe

Mon ,29/10/2012

Quaking Aspen, North Lake Tahoe (10/28/12) John Poimiroo

This has been an extended autumn with little wind (so far) to knock turned leaves from the trees.  It’s now peaking from June Lake to the Northern Sierra.  Over the weekend,  we drove to North Lake Tahoe and found spots of color along I-80, CA-267 and CA-28 (North Lake Blvd.).

Black Cottonwood, Kings Beach (10/28/12) John Poimiroo

North Lake Tahoe (10/28/12) John Poimiroo

75 – 100% – Cisco Grove (5,500′) – a large stand of cottonwood are golden yellow beside I-80.

75 – 100% – Northstar at Tahoe – Stands of aspen on the east side of Hwy 267 are golden or past peak.

75 – 100% – North Lake Blvd. – Stands of aspen along Hwy 28 have turned yellow and are approaching past peak.

Weekend Update: Hope Valley Reborn – Go Now!

Mon ,15/10/2012

Hope Valley (10/14/12) Kimberly Kolafa

75 – 100% – Hope Valley – Kimberly Kolafa posted this photograph taken in the Hope Valley over the weekend.  It shows the remarkable change that’s occurred there.  Reported last Friday, a spotter from the Hope Valley said the aspen near Sorenson’s were past peak, but as this photo shows, only half the aspen are at that stage, while fully another half are just turning lime colored.  So, we’re reclassifying the Hope Valley as peaking, 75 – 100%. Go Now!

Conway Summit (10/14/12) Carolyn Webb

Color spotter Carolyn Webb sends this photograph of Conway Summit seen from a hill across from her house.

75 – 100% – Conway Summit – Go Now!


Magical Moment at Tahoe

Mon ,08/10/2012

Lake Tahoe Area (10/8/12) Scott McGuire

Sometimes, words are superfluous.  This is one of those times, but what the heck…  Photographer Scott McGuire posts this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the change occurring in the Lake Tahoe area.  We rate this 100% perfection.

Tahoe Gold

Sat ,29/10/2011

The downward march of fall color in California was made apparent by driving U.S. 50 from El Dorado Hills to South Lake Tahoe on Saturday.  This route, once part of America’s first transcontinental highway- the Lincoln Highway, shows the change of color by elevation from the early turn of non-native trees in suburbia to the yellow glow of bigleaf maple (the first to change), to dogwood, black oak and aspen.

50 – 75% – U.S. 50 – The western slope of the Lincoln Highway between 3,000 and 4,000 feet in elevation is dressed in bright yellow bigleaf maple with pockets of color seen along the American River.  Further up the canyon (5,000′) dogwood are pink and green, and black oaks are beautifully tinged with orange leaves in time for Halloween.

75 – 100% – South Lake Tahoe – A brilliant stand of yellow aspen is seen at 7,000 ft in elevation on the Lake Tahoe side of Echo Summit.  Yellow bigleaf maple, orange willows and rust ferns dress the edges of forests and meadows at South Lake Tahoe.

Hope Valley Video

Wed ,10/11/2010

This was posted on YouTube two weeks ago, but it shows some of the color seen then in this beautiful part of California.  Jack Durst provides good information about the Hope Valley near Lake Tahoe, photographing fall color and how fall color develops.


Dodged a Bullet, Perhaps

Wed ,14/10/2009

Early reports are that California Fall Color may have dodged a bullet.  Jennifer Boyd reports from South Lake Tahoe that “the storm has passed and the trees still have leaves on them, which is great considering the howling winds we had.”  Jared Smith says he’s shoveling out from a lot of snow which fell in the Eastern Sierra.  We reported last week that trees above 8,500′ had been cleared of turned leaves the week previously.  So, when yesterday’s storm blew through, there weren’t many turned leaves to clear.  Most were green to yellow-green.  Although yesterday’s storm had high winds, those leaves that had not yet turned may have had enough strength to stay held to their branches.  Photos and additional reports are expected tomorrow.

Lake Tahoe Hints of Yellow

Sun ,11/10/2009
Agate Bay Aspen (10/11/09)

Agate Bay Aspen (10/11/09)


0-15% — I-80. The color along Interstate 80 is just beginning to turn.  A grove of alder just west of exit 166 is showing a hint of yellow.  At Kingvale (6,000′) there are alder and cottonwood with some yellow.

30-50% — CA-267 (6200′ to 6800′). Between between Truckee and Brockway Summit, groves of aspen are lime-green, yellow-green and various shades of buff.  Some look as if they’re not going to give much color.  Others have promise, if the coming week’s storm doesn’t knock the turning leaves from the trees.  As you approach Brockway Summit, a stand of aspen is golden-brown at 75-100% peak.

Agate Bay Maple (10/11/09)

Agate Bay Maple (10/11/09)

15-30% — North Lake Tahoe (6200′). Along CA-28 from Kings Beach to Agate Bay, aspen vary in color from lime-green to yellow-green and yellow.  Some dogwood are pink-red and big leaf maple are showing auburn to orange-red.

North Lake Tahoe Photography: copyright 2009, John Poimiroo


Fallen Leaf Lake Trail (10/11/09)

Fallen Leaf Lake Trail (10/11/09)

30-50% — Fallen Leaf Lake (6,377′). As seen in this moody image from the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, aspen on the trail to Fallen Leaf Lake are mostly lime-green with hints of yellow.  To get to this lovely, secluded lake, follow the signs from CA-89 along the west shore, three miles north of the “Y” at the intersection of US-50 and CA-89 in South Lake Tahoe.

30-50% — South Lake Tahoe. Aspen are turning golden-yellow, orange and red across the South Shore. Jennifer Boyd reported her hopes that this week’s storms encourage the aspen to color up and transform into more gold, red and orange.  Though, sunny days are what’s needed for color to develop.  Rain shouldn’t damage leaves, unless it’s frigid.  Then, they would get freeze spots.  Of greater concern than the moisture are predicted high winds, which tend to knock turned leaves from the trees.  Cross your fingers!

Fallen Leaf Lake Photograph: copyright 2009, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority