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Siskiyou Splash

Indian rhubarb, Darmera, Cantera Loop, Upper Sacramento River, Dunsmuir (10/16/20) Philip Reedy

Indian Rhubarb (Darmera) have begun splashing the edges of the Upper Sacramento River by the Cantera Loop in Dunsmuir with flame red/orange and magenta, color spotter Philip Reedy reports.

Indian rhubarb, Darmera, Cantera Loop, Upper Sacramento River, Dunsmuir (10/16/20) Philip Reedy

Autumn’s show is just beginning between Dunsmuir and Mt Shasta, where bigleaf maple are speckling the forest with bright spots of yellow.

Downstream from McCloud Falls, on the McCloud River, the Darmera are dripping with orange and hot yellow. Just upstream at the middle falls, there is just a hint of color below the falls. However, most of the Indian Rhubarb along the river above middle falls remains green. Give it a week or two for peak.

Over the next two weeks the colors will develop steadily moving downstream toward Castle Crags.  Based on historic pattern, Reedy forecasts “it should be very nice in a week.”

  • Cantera Loop, Upper Sacramento River (2,290′) – Patchy to Near Peak (10-75%) Go Now.
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