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First Report: Sanborn County Park, Santa Cruz Mts.

Wed ,09/11/2016
Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/7/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/9/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/7/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/9/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/7/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/9/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/7/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/9/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/7/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/9/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/7/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/9/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/7/16) Leor Pantilat

Bigleaf maple, Sanborn County Park, Saratoga (11/9/16) Leor Pantilat

The Santa Cruz Mountains have lovely pockets of fall color: at Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge RR in Felton, at Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Boulder Creek and along Skyline Drive.

Sanborn County Park (Santa Clara County Parks District) is an oft-overlooked location to spot bucolic color.  It’s found by taking Skyline Blvd./Hwy 35 from Patchen Pass to Saratoga Gap.

Color spotter Leor Pantilat scores a first report for this location and reports that along the way, “You’ll drive through some fantastic sections of yellow and orange bigleaf maples. The bigleafs are the best they have been in years after slightly above normal precipitation last winter (bigleafs like water).”

He opines, “In the preceding drought years a good deal of the leaves fell prematurely before turning. Black oak is also peaking with California hazelnut providing some extra color in the understory. At this location the peak should continue for another week or so… until the next winds blow through.

The park has over 22 miles of trails. Hike of the Week is the Lake Ranch Trail, a shaded, easy hike between Lake Ranch and Black Road.

Sanborn County Park, Santa Cruz Mountains – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

Chance of Rain
Tuesday
Chance of Rain
High 58°/Low 42°
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
Partly Cloudy
High 55°/Low 38°
Clear
Thursday
Clear
High 54°/Low 34°
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Partly Cloudy
High 56°/Low 38°

Santa Cruz Mountains Coloring Up

Thu ,09/10/2014
Roaring Camp Railroads (10/10/14) John Poimiroo

Roaring Camp Railroads (10/10/14) John Poimiroo

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Santa Cruz Mountains – Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains is showing early signs of color with mountain maple tinged with yellow, the edges of green black oak leaves painted with orange and yellow and spots of crimson poison oak in the woods.  Grape vines are showing early signs of yellow, orange and rust in the mountain vineyards.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Santa Cruz – Boulevard trees in downtown Santa Cruz are edged with chartreuse, orange, yellow and red.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Hwy 9, Santa Cruz Mountains – Mountain Maple are starting to show yellow and lime along the edges of Hwy 9 through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to Boulder Creek.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Roaring Camp Railroads – A lovely spot in autumn, the historical village at the Roaring Camp Railroads has grand sycamores showing chartreuse color surrounding the depot.  Harvest decor lines the attraction’s paths and approaches to its covered bridge.

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Central Coast Colors Up

Thu ,15/11/2012

Salinas River (11/15/12) John Poimiroo

The Central Coast is showing nice color, particular with in its redwood forests and river valleys.

75 – 100% – Santa Cruz Mountains – Bigleaf maple are putting on a glorious show of bright yellow within the oak woodlands and redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Drive the Soquel-San Jose Road from Summit Road down to Soquel between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. for a backlit display that will brighten your day.

Salinas River (11/15/12) John Poimiroo

30 – 50% – El Camino Real – From Salinas south to Paso Robles along US 101 (The El Camino Real) are showing yellow to orange among native willows, oaks, sycamores and cottonwood along the banks of the Salinas and Nacimiento Rivers.  Several of California’s most beautiful Spanish missions are located along this historic route, worth stopping at, as well as wine tasting near Paso Robles and along the Salinas Valley.  This is John Steinbeck country, so plan a visit the extraordinary Steinbeck Museum in Salinas.

Big Basin Goes Big – Go Now!

Fri ,02/11/2012

Hwy 9, Big Basin Redwoods SP (11/1/12) Will Klair

75 – 100% – Big Basin Redwoods State Park – Color spotter Will Klair sent this cell phone picture of fall color seen along Calif. Hwy 9 near the entrance to Big Basin Redwoods State Park.  Spots of color in the redwoods can be lovely, as this photo shows.  Look for combinations of yellow bigleaf maple and orange to burnt sienna oak leaves among the redwoods.  For camping-styled lodging at Big Basin, CLICK HERE.

Autumn Lodging Specials

Fri ,28/10/2011

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

The Yosemite Resorts in El Portal are offering two special autumn packages.  CLICK HERE for more information or reservations.

At Cedar Lodge, stay two nights and your third night is free on any stay through Nov. 20.  Optional rooms include rooms with an in-room spa tub for two, or one with a four-poster King Bed, or perhaps a room that will fit the entire family.   Regardless of the type room, Cedar Lodge offers affordability and is minutes from Yosemite Valley.

Mountain View King Spa Room, Yosemite View Lodge

On Nov. 12, the Yosemite View Lodge holds its Fall Wine and Dine event, a four-course banquet with wine pairings for $85 per person.  Includes reception, appetizers and the banquet.  The View is known as being the best value for lodging in the Yosemite area, with deluxe rooms at reasonable cost.

50 – 75% – Yosemite Valley/Merced River Canyon – Dogwood are at 50% of color in Yosemite Valley, with black oak still coloring up.  Bigleaf maple and cottonwood have turned.  Autumn color has been running two weeks late, so – barring a turn in weather – fall color should still be seen in Yosemite Valley into the first couple of weeks of November.

MONTEREY BAY AREA

Big Basin Tent Cabin, Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Beginning December 1, through January 31, Big Basin Tent Cabins at Big Basin Redwoods State Park is offering accommodations for “an all time low price of $49.95 per night!”  There’s no coupon to redeem or anything else you need to do.  Just CLICK HERE to book a tent cabin and you’ll receive the reduced rate.

The lower rate does not apply to cabins with the Deluxe Camping Package or Deluxe Cabins. The lower rate applies to new reservations only.  Lower rate prices is available 7 days a week, through December and Janaury. The lower rate does not apply to Holiday weekends. Offer expires January 31, 2012.

30 – 50% – Santa Cruz Mountains – Deciduous trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains are glowing nicely.  Look for color in riparian areas and meadows.