We received a comment from Cindy, a color spotter, that she was disappointed with the color to be seen at Lake Gregory this past weekend, reporting that it didn’t match the rest of the San Bernardino Mountain’s peak billing.
So, we investigated, communicating with Michelle Fox at Lake Gregory who provides these photos. A group of local volunteers were at the lake doing a volunteer, end-of-summer, shore cleanup when Michelle photographed the scene. Bravo to all those who volunteered their Sunday to keep Lake Gregory pristine.
Michelle agrees that the color will continue to develop (weather permitting), whereas other areas of the San Bernardino mountains have been shown as peaking, perhaps because Lake Gregory is one of the lower elevations in the mountains. Still, it’s a beautiful place with delicate color.
Lake Gregory (Patchy – 10 – 50%) - Oaks and other deciduous trees surrounding the lake have been slowly developing their color since first reported on Oct. 5. Unlike higher elevations in the San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Gregory has not neared peak and will continue to develop color in coming weeks.
Lake Hemet (Just Starting – 0 – 10%) - A report from Lake Hemet states that little color has yet developed in the San Jacinto Mountains. On the basis of that report, we’ve downgraded the San Jacintos and ranges to the south, to Just Starting. Reports and photos from the San Jacintos, Mt. Laguna, Julian and Mt. Palomar are appreciated.