Color spotters from around the state have sent reports on what’s showing as November and daylight saving time arrives.
Western El Dorado County (Near Peak 50 -75%) – The brilliant orange-red of exotic Chinese pistache is a show stopper along El Dorado Hills Boulevard and at all US 50 exits in Placerville. Newtown Rd between Placerville and Pleasant Valley is a veritable canopy of yellow and lime bigleaf maple with occasional orange flushes of black oak. This is one of the most beautiful drives in the Gold Country, though has few turnouts, so you have to stop before or after you see the color to photograph it. GO NOW!
Apple Hill (Near Peak 50-75%) - Apple orchards, fruit trees and vineyards are a blend of yellow, gold and green. GO NOW!
Sierra Foothills Wineries and Vineyards (Near Peak 75-100%) - Counoise and Grenache vineyards at Holly’s Hill and Narrow Gate wineries in the Pleasant Valley area south of Placerville are a mix of lime, yellow, orange and red. GO NOW!
Ukiah Valley (Near Peak – 50-75%) - North coast color spotter Walter Gabler reports that Mendocino County vineyards are near peak in the Ukiah Valley. Vineyards tend to change by variety. Because of this, it’s difficult to know which are peaking and which are progressing toward peak. Our advice, regarding all wineries, is to visit anytime from early October to mid November and there is likely to be color in their vineyards. GO NOW!
Lake Camanche (Near Peak 50 – 75%) - Colorful fremont cottonwood and exotic trees are reflected in the Monument Campgrounds trout pond, providing an idyllic setting for RVers. GO NOW!
Castle Crags State Park (Near Peak 50 – 75%) - Cory Poole posted this photo of Castle Crags State Park on California Fall Color’s Facebook page, showing how the color is developing in Shasta County. GO NOW!
Tilden Park, Berkeley (Patchy 10 – 50%) - Color spotty Sandy Steinman reports that fall color at East Bay Regional Parks’ Botanic Garden is mixed. He writes there are no grand displays, but some nice color spots. Some decidous trees have peaked while other are still showing green.
High Sierra (Peak 75 – 100%) - Three to six inches of snow fell in the High Sierra this weekend. That’s a dusting of snow by Sierra standards. Steve Wolfe and Mike Nellor captured snow and fall color in Inyo and Plumas Counties. The combination of fall color and snow is dramatic and emotional, as seen in Mike’s shot of Oakland Camp. This does not mean the fall color show has ended, only that it has moved to a different stage. GO NOW!
Owens Valley (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Color spotter Steve Wolfe – on departing the Eastern Sierra provided this last report on the Owens Valley, where rabbitbrush, willows and black cottonwood are peaking with gorgeous tones of orange, yellow and gold. GO NOW!
Switzer Falls (Past Peak) - Dan Riley sent these photos of: Switzer Falls in the Angeles National Forest. The forest floor is orange with spent maple and black oak leaves. The Switzer Falls trail is an area from which we’ve not received photos, previously. A tip for photographers – take pictures of places not seen on this site previously and you’re almost assured of getting them posted. YOU MISSED IT.