With the first day of autumn approaching (Friday, Sept. 23), few reports received yet include significant measurements of fall color anywhere in California. Yesterday, Leilani, a color spotter from the Shasta Cascade region (northeast California) reported:
0-15% – Butte County - The colors in Butte County are not expected to change much until closer to the end of the month. The area has been experiencing unseasonably warm weather.
0-15% – Redding - Nothing yet to report, but plan to visit in early October to see the riparian vegetation and oaks along the banks of the Sacramento River framing Sundial Bridge with shades of yellow, orange and burnt sienna.
0-15% – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area- The national park is not experiencing any fall color changes, as yet.
0-15% – MacArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park- The Vine Maples at the bottom of the falls at Burney Creek are just beginning to turn.
0-15% – Lassen Volcanic National Park- Neither upper elevations at the park or Manzanita Lake are experiencing any foliage change yet.
0-15% – Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail- Colors along The Bizz Johnson Trail in Lassen County are not expected to change until the middle of October.
0-15% – Lassen National Forest – The national forest will most likely not experience fall color changes until early October.
0-15% – Modoc National Forest - No color changes yet in Modoc County, but conditions are perfect for spectacular fall color, as the nights are starting to turn pretty cold, with warm days meaning that as the days shorten, the beginning of color change is expected in the next week or so.
0-15% – Mt. Shasta - California’s beautiful northern volcano, Mt Shasta, is not yet surrounded by fall color.
0-15% – Weaverville - Trinity County surrounding this fascinating gold rush era town along CA-299 has not yet seen any fall color. Last year, we reported very lovely color along 299 and in the area. Look to the middle of October for the color to truly swirl here.
0 – 15% – Plumas County - One of California’s premiere places to see fall color, Plumas County always delivers wonderful fall color and 2011 should be no change. Area botanists are saying the colors are expected to be spectacular this season thanks to all the rain Plumas County has had throughout the year. Our dear friends at the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce will be posting to their fall webpage starting on Friday (Sept. 23). Their reports feature local and visitor testimonies and pictures from all parts of this colorful destination. Keep checking here for their reports, as well. The Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce in Chester stocks copies of a guide to regional fall color drives, many of which are on state and national scenic byways.