Lassen Volcanic NP Peaking – Go Now!

Here’s the latest from the Shasta Cascade, as reported by color spotters Grace Smith and Amanda Sweeny.  Areas peaking in the Shasta Cascade and Northern Sierra include Lassen Volcanic National Park and drainage areas of Plumas County.

CLICK HERE to see photos of Lassen Volcanic’s fall color.

Shasta Cascade

30 – 50% – Siskiyou County – There has been very little change with the colors in the past week.  Colder nighttime temps are contributing to some sugaring, with lime, yellow and some red.

15 – 30% – Modoc County – The Modoc National Forest is reporting lots of yellow, some orange and red.  Alturas is experiencing quite a bit of change with lots of yellows, greens and oranges.

Lassen County

30 – 50% – BLM Eagle Lake / Bizz Johnson Trail & Lassen National Forest – The aspen have been busy, changing to lime green, yellow, orange, red and gold.

Shasta County

15 – 30% – Whiskeytown NRA – About 25% trees have turned red, yellow and brown near the visitor’s center. Trees on the mountain are still filled with bright green and yellow.

0 – 15% – Redding – So far, very little color is apparent in Redding with yellow and bright green predominating.

30 – 50% – Trinity County – Approaching half of the bigleaf maple are now showing yellow, there’s still a lot of lime

Tehama County

Lassen Volcanic National Park – Ranger Amanda Sweeny reports:

75 – 100% – Manzanita Lake – The alder, cottonwood and occasional aspen are at peak color.

50 – 75’% – Devastated Area / Hat Creek – The cottonwood are near
peak color and the aspen are still slowly turning

75 – 100% – Southwest area – The rusty orange mat of Mules Ear is dotted with
late blooming rabbit brush.

0 – 15% – Red Bluff- Experiencing ittle no to change just yet.

0 – 15% – Butte County –  Starting to show yellow and red.

75 – 100% – Plumas County – Indian Rhubarb (drainages) and aspen are now at peak.  The dogwoods are starting to show their bright pinks and greens. Oakland Camp area is bursting with color while their oaks are starting to turn.

“Changes Are In The Wind

Parcher’s Resort (10/11/12) Krisdina Karady


A dusting of snow in the Eastern Sierra and wind this week has changed the pattern of warm days, so far this autumn.  Here’s the latest.

Mono County

At 9 a.m. this morning, it began snowing lightly at the Virginia Lakes.  This and a light storm that passed through this week have changed the situation, there.

Carolyn Webb, our color spotter from the Virginia Lakes Resort reports that this week’s breezes stripped leaves from aspen above 8,300′ at the Virginia Lakes in the Eastern Sierra.  Virginia Lakes is one of the first areas to show color, so it’s not surprising that even a light storm, as occurred yesterday would affect the color.  Carolyn reported she closed the Virginia Lakes Resort for winter at 5 p.m, yesterday.   So, if you head up there, the lodge will be shuttered.

Carolyn recommends visiting Conway Summit (8138′) where, “…the aspens are almost in full color and if the wind does not come up they will hold for a couple days.  Southbound on the west side they are yellow to dark lime with a few turning rust and a magnificent grove.  The north side is simply beautiful and should peak in a day or so.  Driving down 395 toward Lee Vining, in protected groves they are in brilliant yellow to light green as you travel farther south they are brilliant alongside the west slope of the range.” (see additional update, below)

An early dusting of snow does not mean fall has ended.  We’ve seen early snows that have only added to the spectacular nature of color, by combining snow with fall color.  Also, at this time of year, the change can vacilate from warm sunny days to chill overcast ones.  The important measure is whether the days are mostly warm and the nights mostly cold, for the development of the best color.  Certainly, so far this autumn, the color has been exceptional in the Eastern Sierra, and there’s a lot of green yet to turn below 8,500′.  So, don’t cancel any plans you made to travel there, but stay tuned for reports on this site.

Past Peak – Virginia Lakes (above 8,300′) – Wind has stripped areas in Virginia Lakes Canyon.

75 – 100% – Conway Summit (8,138′) – Areas of beautiful color remain, with a range of color from lime to brilliant yellow, to orange to rust.  Color spotter Carolyn Webb reports (10/13/12), “Yellows and limes are slowly turning into dark gold and rust in the more protected areas, like the south end of Conway Summit which is down the draw, south of my house.  The north of my house, which is what most people like to photograph, has not fully hit its prime, but should be going in the next day, based on night temps.”

Crystal Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin (10/7/12) Alicia Vennos

50 – 75% – Mammoth Lakes – The lakes basin is approaching peak, as is the Mammoth Scenic Loop.

June Lake Loop (10/7/12) Alicia Vennos

50 – 75% – June Lakes – The June Lakes basin is approaching peak, with still a lot of lime in the aspen.  This week and next should be spectacular.  Sunset magazine just ranked June Lake as among the top five places to see fall color.  We don’t disagree, but then we’d place all five in California.

75 – 100% – Monitor Pass – Now peaking.  For those in Northern California, the most scenic route is to take Hwy 88 east to Hwy 89, then south through Markleeville and over Monitor Pass to US 395.

Past Peak – Rock Creek –  While there are areas of color up Rock Creek at lower elevations, the upper end of Rock Creek Canyon is past peak.

McGee Creek – 75 – 100% – At peak.

Convict Lake (10/7/12) Alicia Vennos

Convict Lake – 75 – 100% – Convict Lake is peaking this week, with color intensifying as you hike along the canyon trail.

Lundy Canyon – 75 – 100% – At peak.

Walker River Area – 75 – 100% – Aspen and cottonwood along the Walker River area are providing spots of color.

75 – 100% – Sonora Pass – Good locations to see color are from the west near Chipmunk Flat and between 8,500’ and 9,000’  on the east side, there’s still good color from the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center to the foot of the eastern side of the pass, though the past dry winter has had its effect.  Many trees turned early in this stretch or lost leaves.

Alpine County

Past Peak – Hope Valley – Half the aspen in the Hope Valley (Hwy 88 and Hwy 89) have dropped their leaves.  A local color spotter said this has been an unusual year for the Hope Valley with an early change that’s peaked quickly.

Table Mountain Camp (10/10/12) Krisdina Karady

Inyo County, Bishop Creek Canyon – Go Now!

Overall Conditions above 8,500’ – Color spotter Jared Smith of Parcher’s Resort reports that peak color has come and gone in some areas, especially in the highest reaches of the canyon, while some areas are at peak right now. It is safe to say that conditions were better late last week but there are still quite a few areas that are worth a stop. A dusting of snow Wednesday night and into Thursday morning added to the scenic opportunities in the canyon. Some trees are starting to lose their leaves but there is plenty of color left to be captured.

Overall Conditions below 8,500’ – There is a lot of color between the 7900ft mark and the 8500ft mark with many of these areas peaking or near peak. Hopefully the cold snap and the few inches of snow we received won’t negatively affect the color developing in this area of the canyon. Both the middle and south forks of Bishop Creek are really looking good in this elevation range.

75 – 100% – Table Mountain Camp (8,900’) – Still some color to be seen here however many of the aspen in this grove have given up their color until next year. Certainly some good shots are available though, like the one pictured here.

View East from Surveyor’s Meadow (10/10/12) Krisdina Karady

75 – 100% – Surveyors Meadow (8,975’) – While the aspen along the creek and on the west side of the road have already peaked and many of the aspen have lost their leaves, the east side of the road still looks beautiful.

75 – 100% – Willow Campground (9,100’) – The willows are fading and some of the aspen along the road near the Tyee bridge are looking a bit naked but there are some great areas of color in this area, especially for those walking into the campground or taking photos from near the road looking west. The bright yellows and oranges can be beautifully captured with the stark granite background of the hillside. The whole west side of the road between Willow Campground and Parchers Resort is brilliant.

Lake Sabrina (10/10/12) Krisdina Karady

75 – 100% – Lake Sabrina (9,150’) – Lake Sabrina proper is past peak now but the aspen just below the dam around the bridge and pond are still absolutely stunning – this is still a can’t-miss in the canyon right now.

75-100% – North Lake (9,255’) – North Lake has peaked however there are still some good shots to be had for the photographer with skill. The best views in this area are actually along the creek near the North Lake turnoff or looking up canyon from the road on your way down from North Lake.

75 – 100% – South Lake Rd above Mt. Glen Camp (8,600’) – Mostly past peak but still a lot of nice creek shots with some yellow, orange and a little red to be found.

75 – 100% – Mountain Glen Campground (8,400’) – Although closed to vehicle traffic, there are some spectacular shots of brilliant color available in and above this little creekside camp. Ample turnouts along the road provide some great shots too without too much work.

75 – 100% – Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8,350’) – Some of the aspen have peaked here but there is still plenty of bright yellow and lime green spicing up the scenery. The groves just above the waterfall are really starting to pop.

Cardinal Mine (10/10/12) Krisdina Karady

75 – 100% – Groves above Cardinal Village & Aspendell (8,550’) – One of the most spectacular views in the canyon is from the road just above Aspendell looking south towards the crest, the middle fork Bishop creek and the gorgeous groves of aspen snaking their way up canyon in full fall color.

50 – 75% – Intake II, Big Trees Camp, Four Jeffries Camp (8,000’ – 8,300’) – Color has is developing in an uneven fashion at present making for some interesting photographic opportunities in these areas. Some stands of aspen are in full color while others only a few yards away appear to still be hanging on to summer. There is very cool grove on the far side of Intake II that is showing very bright orange and red hues.

All Photographs Copyright 2012 by Jared Smith, or courtesy of fall color contributor Krisdina Karady.


Rabbitbrush, Lassen Volcanic NP (10/6/12) Amanda Sweeney


Lassen Volcanic National Park – Go Now!

Ranger Amanda Sweeney reports Lassen Volcanic NP is approaching peak with orange and yellow ground covers dressing the hillsides near Kohm Yah-mah-nee, the Southwest Visitor Center and gold, lime and yellow to be seen along the Main Park Road to Manzanita Lake, where orange and gold are prominent.

75 – 100% – Southwest Area – The rusty orange mat of Mules Ear is dotted with late-blooming yellow and sage rabbitbrush.

50 – 75% – Devastated Area / Hat Creek – The cottonwood are getting near peak color (gold) and the aspen are still slowly turning (lime to yellow).

Manzanita Lake (10/6/12) NPS Webcam

75 – 100% – Manzanita Lake –The alder (orange), cottonwood (gold) and occasional aspen (yellow)  are at peak color.

Tehama County

0 – 15% – Red Bluff- Experiencing 10% little no to changes

Plumas County

30 – 50% – Plumas County – Color spotter Karen Moritz says Plumas County is approaching 50% of change.  She provides photos taken along Mill Creek near Quincy of riparian foliage showing nice reds and oranges.

Karen recommends visiting Q-topia, produced by blogger Charley Arrowsmith for a most fascinating look at Quincy’s famous Thieler Sugar Maple.  Day by day photos show its change from full summer green in late September to red in October.  CLICK HERE to see Judge Thieler’s eastern sugar maple change color.  If you click on previous years, you’ll be able to see the sugar maple’s annual change of color.  Better yet, head to the Shasta Cascade for a first-hand look.

Mill Creek, Plumas County (10/9/12) Michael Beatley

Indian Rhubarb, Mill Creek (10/9/12) Michael Beatley

Mountain Ash, Mill Creek (10/9/12) Michael Beatley

Riparian areas are coloring nicely, particularly among the Indian Rhubarb, with its big orangy-red trimmed leaves, to Mountain Ash, Sorbus californica, of the rose family with its pinnately compound leaf and red berries.  These were seen at the Mill Creek inlet to Bucks Lake.

Joe Willis of Black Oak Naturalist (see blog at left) says mountain ash are found “generally at higher elevations, like 6,000′ an’ up, but we have a beautiful, large cultivated one on our courthouse lawn (Quincy) at 3,500′.”

Look for Plumas County’s abundant yellow bigleaf maple and evergreens to provide nice contrast in coming weeks.

Willis posted today, to our delight, that a jelly donut must have been dropped among the oaks near Papa’s Donuts in Quincy, indicating that the two young oaks are sugaring up beautifully.  From the colorful photo on Joe’s site, they look like exotic red oaks, though Joe is the best to say what variety they might be.

Aspen in Plumas County starting to change a yellow color and are at about 65% change! The area of Taylorsville is at about 35% with beautiful yellows and reds.  Silver Maples near Quincy are starting to change colors with a 20% change.

15 – 30% – Siskiyou County: Color spotter Grace Smith of the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association reports there has been very little change with the colors in Siskiyou. With a 30% color change it’s been slow but with the colder air, brighter colors are on their way. The forest is highlighting a lot of limes, yellows and some red in maples. There will be more fall colors higher in elevation.

15 – 30% – Modoc County: Modoc is experiencing bright fall colors in their National Forest! They have reported bright reds, oranges, and yellows everywhere! The Alturas area is experiencing cooler nights with some difference in the leaves. They are showing a shift to the bright yellows and oranges.

Lassen County

15 – 30% – BLM Eagle Lake / Bizz Johnson Trail & Lassen National Forest- 30%, Aspens have begun changing to yellows, and few oranges and reds. The trees are just starting to change, but there should be more change in the next few weeks.

Shasta County

15 – 30% – Whiskeytown NRA is noticing about 25% Elms turning to bright yellows and oranges around the visitors center. Trees on the mountain are still filled with bright greens and yellows.

15 – 30% – Shasta Lake is experiencing slow changes also around 15%. Some yellows are starting to appear, but with little rain they are very dry.

30 – 50% – Trinity County – Color has been changing 40% to limes and yellows. Bright reds are also starting to develop, but the season is still early.

0 – 15% – Butte County – Experiencing 10%, slow changes expected through the middle of October but so far their leaves are mainly made of lime greens and yellows.  


Elk Meadow, Orick (10/11/12) Redwood Adventures

0 – 15% – Redwood National Park – Color is appearing in the foliage around Elk Meadow, where Roosevelt elk have gathered for the annual rut.


Indian Rhubard – A Riot of Ruby Up North

Indian rhubarb, Spanish Creek (10/3/12) Mike Nellor

Indian Rhubarb always provides early ruby to leaf peeping in the Shasta Cascade Wonderland (northeastern California).  Color spotters Jeff Titcomb and Mike Nellor provide these photos of bright colors seen this week in the Shasta Cascade.

30 – 50% – Siskiyou County – Siskiyou is seeing change, though extended warm nights have slowed its progression. The forest is highlighted with lime, yellow and some red among the maples.

30 – 50% – Modoc County – Modoc National Forest and Alturas area are reporting a shift to the bright yellow and orange.


Lassen County

30 – 50% – BLM Eagle Lake / Bizz Johnson Trail & Lassen National Forest – Aspen have begun to change to yellow, with a few oranges and reds. The change has been sudden,  perhaps due to the extended, dry summer.

Eastern Scarlet Maple, Indian Valley (10/3/12) Jeff Titcomb

Shasta County

15 – 30% – Whiskeytown NRA – Elms turning to bright yellows and oranges around the visitors center.

15 – 30% – Shasta Lake – Slight change is occurring in the forest.

Trinity County

15 – 30% – Coffee Creek – Lime and yellow are beginning to appear.


Aspen, Crystal Lake (10/3/12) Jeff Titcomb

Tehama County

30 – 50% – Lassen Volcanic National Park – Tmost of the change is occurring above 8,500 on the northside of the national park.  Look for color showing first among riparian areas (willows) and aspen groves.  The southern area of the park has not yet experienced much change.

0 – 15% – Red Bluff –  The Central Valley has not yet shown much color.

0 – 15% – Butte County – A little lime and yellow is showing, though the best color is expected in mid October.


Oakland Camp, Indian rhubarb (10/3/12) Mike Nellor

15 – 30% – Plumas National Forest –  Native locust trees and bigleaf maples are showing yellow, dogwoods are turning rose to red. At higher elevations, the color is more intense. Spanish Creek is a riot of ruby, yellow and lime Indian rhubarb.[wp_geo_map]

Northern Sierra, Southern Cascade

Manzanita Lake (10/3/12) Sue Fischer

Signs of change continue to progress  in the Southern Cascade and Northern Sierra.

Color spotter Sue Fischer of the Manzanita Lake Cabins in Lassen Volcanic National Park (Southern Cascade) sends these photos, showing the progression of color change.

15 – 30% – Manzanita Lake – Aspen along the shore of Manzanita Lake are showing more color, though it will likely still be two weeks before it approaches peak.

Viola (10/3/12) Sue Fischer

15 – 30% – CA-44 – Locust near Viola along Hwy 44 are coloring chartreuse to yellow, with hints of orange.

Arlington Road (10/3/12) Richard McCutcheon

Arlington Road (10/3/12) Richard McCutcheon

30 – 50% – Arlington Road – Color spotter Richard McCutcheon often  finds hidden gems along remote country roads.  A22, the Arlington Road from Hwy 89 east to Taylorsville in Plumas County, is one of those with surprises.  He spotted brush and fields wearing USC cardinal and gold on a recent drive to Taylorsville.


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Shasta Cascade Issues First Report

Most of the color in the Shasta Cascade is found above 8,000’ in Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Aspen are showing bright yellow there.  Other areas are several weeks away from peak.  Color spotter Brittini McGuire sends the following report:

0 – 15% – Siskiyou County – Colors in Siskiyou County are just beginning to appear, with about 10% of trees showing lime & yellow.

0 – 15% – Modoc County – The Modoc National Forest and Alturas area are reporting 10% change. Though there is very little to no change at this point, cooler nights portend the shift to orange and yellow.

Lassen County:

0 – 15% – BLM Eagle Lake / Bizz Johnson Trail still only 5%.

0 – 15% – Lassen National Forest – 5% of aspens are exhibiting color.

Shasta County:

0 – 15% – Whiskeytown NRA – 10% of elms turning bright yellow and orange near the visitors center.

Trinity County:

0 – 15% – Weaverville Chamber – Lime and yellow is seen on 15% of trees.

Tehama County:

50 – 75% – Lassen Volcanic National Park – At 8,000′ and higher, aspens are approaching peak, with some losing leaves. At 6000’, the aspen are 30-40% and willows at 60%. Around 5000’ the aspens have a way to go, with 15% showing yellow.

0 – 15% – Butte County – Mostly lime green and yellow and just starting.

Plumas County:

0 – 15% – Plumas National Forest – The forest is beginning to show lime green and yellow on bigleaf maple. Some leaves are edged with red.

Manzanita Lake Begins to Show

Color Spotter Sue Fischer of the Manzanita Lake Camping Cabins in Lassen Volcanic National Park sends this photo with the message that color is just beginning to appear along the lakeshore.

Manzanita Lake (9/23/12) Sue Fischer

0 – 15% – Manzanita Lake – Aspen and willows along the edge of the lake are starting to show color.


Littering the Landscape with Beauty

If awards were given for fall color reports this autumn, Alicia Vennos of Mono County, Katie Shaw from the Shasta Cascade,  Frank McDonough from Los Angeles County, Richard McCutcheon of Plumas County and Jared Smith from Inyo County would be the nominees, as each supplied lots of great reports.

The latest comes from Katie who says it’s all Past Peak in the Shasta Cascade.  Here’s her latest report:

Butte County:

Past Peak- Butte County- Most of the color is gone, see you next year!

Past Peak – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area-  Wow, that was a quick season change for the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area!   Basically, the park is just past peak with many golds and yellows still dotting the forest. The colors are fading as fast as the leaves are dropping, so if you want to catch this color make sure to visit this week.

Past Peak- Burney Falls State Park – While there are a few leaves still clinging to the trees, the fall colors have mostly receded till next year.

Tehama County:

Past Peak- Lassen Volcanic National Park– Lassen is past its peak and due to weather there is very little left in terms of fall color.

Lassen County:

Past Peak- Bizz Johnson Trail- There is still some color left on the Trail, especially near the waterways. In general though, the forest is covered with brown leaves clinging to their trees and evergreens.

Siskiyou County:

Past Peak- Mt. Shasta- Due to weather conditions, very few leaves are left on the trees. Old Man winter is now in charge.

Trinity County:

Past Peak- Weaverville- Winter has moved into the Weaverville area, but patches of color can still be seen for the avid adventurer.

Plumas County:

Past Peak- Plumas County-  Due to snow, the majority of the fall color is gone, but don’t be surprised if you see a few oak trees hanging onto their color with an iron fist.

Modoc County:

Past Peak – Modoc County- Due to the cold and windy conditions, Fall is pretty much over in Modoc county except for maybe a few tough leaves.

Thanks to Katie and all the other CaliforniaFallColor spotters who have so diligently reported the change of season this autumn.  We’ll continue to post reports as received, as there’s likely still a lot of great color to be seen.  Presently, it’s raining leaves in the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills, with orange, gold, red and auburn littering the landscape with beauty.

Whiskeytown – Last Taste of Color in the Shasta Cascade

Color spotter Cynthia Shedd provides the final fall color report before Thanksgiving Day, reporting that there’s still color to appear at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, though the national park is vibrant with red, orange and yellow.

Butte County:

Past Peak- Butte County- Don’t worry, be happy! Though it’s past peak in Butte County, there is still quite a bit of color to be seen.   The Maples and Oaks are hanging on strong to their leaves. Rustic reds and modest yellows are the primary colors covering the trees up high and the forest floors down low.

Shasta County:

50-75% – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area- Come out to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area if you are still seeking fall color. The park is slowly growing closer and closer to reaching peak and the Oranges, Yellows, and Reds are all vibrant.

 Past Peak- Burney Falls State Park – While there are a few leaves still clinging to the trees, the fall colors have mostly receded till next year.

 Tehama County:

Past Peak- Lassen Volcanic National Park– Lassen is past its peak and due to weather there is very little left in terms of fall color.

Lassen County:

Past Peak- Bizz Johnson Trail- There is still some color left on the Trail, especially near the waterways. Winter winds have picked up so grab a jacket and make sure to hike through this whirlwind of tranquil color.

Siskiyou County:

Past Peak- Mt. Shasta- Due to weather conditions, very few leaves are left on the trees. Old Man winter is now in charge.

Trinity County:

Past Peak- Weaverville- Winter has moved into the Weaverville area, but patches of color can still be seen for the avid adventurer.

Plumas County:

Past Peak- Plumas County-  Due to snow, the majority of the fall color is gone, but don’t be surprised if you see a few oak trees hanging onto their color with an iron fist.

Modoc County:

Past Peak – Modoc County- Due to the cold and windy conditions, Fall is pretty much over in Modoc county except for maybe a few tough leaves.


Gold and Bold Ginkgos in Redding

Ginkgo trees © 2011 DesktopNexus

Ginkgo trees are gold and bold in Redding, according to an article posted today by the Redding Record.  The showy trees are described as, “Pretty, prehistoric and sometimes putrid…” “tough enough to withstand an atomic bomb; and old enough to be called living fossils.”

“The trees have quite a track record,” the Record reports, having “outlived the dinosaurs. Even an atomic bomb didn’t faze them. Several ginkgos survived the blast of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in World War II and are still living, notes the The Ginkgo Pages, a website devoted to ginkgo trees.”

Marie Stadther, lead gardener for Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, which has among its facilities the Mediterranean-focused McConnell Arboretum and Garden, praises the Ginkgo for its”deep roots” which make “them unlikely to pop walkways or crack patios the way shallow-rooted trees do.”

The ginkgo tree is the lone survivor of the ancient family Ginkgoaceae. Fossils of ginkgo leaves date back more than 250 million years, according to an Oregon Department of Forestry publication. It is thought to have once covered the globe, but then the ice age shrank the tree’s territory and the tree was thought to be extinct until 1691, according to the Record.  There male and female ginkgos with female trees producing seeds with a yellow, fleshy exterior that drop in autumn and begin to ferment, giving off an offensive odor.  “Because of the stench, there’s little demand for female trees,” the Record reports, “Places to see mature ginkgos in Redding include Oregon Street near the downtown post office, the Sundial Bridge parking lot and the northeast side of Shasta College’s theater building. And now is the time to take a look. Ginkgos are in their glory in autumn.”

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Pops of Color Here and There in the Shasta Cascade

Color spotters Megan and Cynthia report from the Shasta Cascade that color has peaked in many parts of this vast region of northeast California, though spots of color can be seen in several places.

Butte County:

75- 100% – Butte County- Butte County is at peak.  A plethora of vibrant reds and yellows that are covering the mountain sides and lining the roadways. Look out especially for spectacular colors to be found in the Oak trees and Maple trees.


Hat Creek, Shasta County (11/17/11) © 2011 Dave Egbert

Shasta County:

75 – 100% – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area- The lake is truly a sight to behold from any vista point.  Different areas of the lake are showing fall colors and change in their own unique way. The native trees are still green, hardly changing at all, while there is the most stunning change to be found among the exotic Chinese pistache, with vibrant oranges and deep reds. These trees are not native but are certainly beautiful, nonetheless.

75 – 100%- Burney Falls State Park– There is still color to be found in the park, though it is near past peak.  Golden leaves, and glimpses of reds can be seen on younger blacks oaks, while some trees have already switched into their winter coats. Grab a sweater, a picnic lunch, and a friend to enjoy this beauty, before it’s fully gone.

Tehama County:

Past Peak –  Lassen Volcanic National Park– Fall is long gone and winter has made its way into Lassen Volcanic National Park. There is no evidence of fall colors lingering. White snow has become the main force, as far as “color” goes.

Lassen County:

75 – 100% – Bizz Johnson Trail – This national recreation trail is still glowing with fall color.  To be seen are reds, oranges, golds, even an occasional green leaf along the trail.

Siskiyou County:

75-100% – Mt. Shasta- On the journey to the Mt. Shasta you will see golden yellows and brown leaves not only now covering the trees, but also coating the ground. It’s a prime time to grab a rake and bound into a mammoth size mountain of leaves.

Trinity County:

Past Peak – Weaverville- The peak has come and gone in the Trinity County area, though there is still color to be seen. Stick to the waterways and near rivers to see golds and brownsin the trees and on the forest floor.  This is a great time to take a scenic drive and enjoy the fall colors from the comfort of your vehicle.

Plumas County:

Past Peak – Plumas County- The County has already displayed its beautiful fall color show, but there are still a few straggling oaks that haven’t changed in the lower elevations. Throughout the region you can still see pops of color here and there.

Modoc County:

Past Peak – Modoc County – Due to the cold and windy conditions, the majority of the leaves are now coating the forest floor. There are a few still on the trees, but even those are expected to drop by the end of the week. Overall the forest is prepped for the arrival of winter.