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KCET Continues Coastal Trail Series

Premiering tonight and continuing through summer, KCET airs six new video segments on its website, kcet.org/coastaltrail

The Web series explores the majestic California Coastal Trail; its past, its present and its future through historical narratives, camping and hiking guides, social media videos, and articles about important cultural points of interest along the Trail.

One new video per week will be posted on kcet.org/coastaltrail from July 6 to Aug. 3. The Web series will also be available on Roku and YouTube.

CALIFORNIA COASTAL TRAIL debuted three summers ago with the first year following the trail from San Diego to San Luis Obispo County. Then, in season two, it continued up the trail to Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Mateo.

Although there is little fall color to be enjoyed along the California Coastal Trail, we reasoned,
“What better way for fall color spotters to enjoy the outdoors and discover new areas of California in summer than exploring the California Coastal Trail?”

Partially funded by The California Coastal Commission, with support from Hilton Hotels, and presented in partnership with Rigler Creative, CALIFORNIA COASTAL TRAIL will share the state’s picturesque coastlines designed for a wide variety of audiences, including visiting tourists, casual vacationers and seasoned California outdoor enthusiasts.

This season’s segments head north passing through Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties while looking at spots along the coast like Pelican Bluffs, Noyo Headlands Park and the Humboldt Bay Trail.

The series will also travel to Crescent City, site of a deadly tsunami in 1964 and explore redwood restoration at Del Norte Redwoods State Park.

The series takes viewers to a mill site that was converted into a coastal park in Fort Bragg and MacKerricher State Park, home of the endangered Snowy Plover.

Here’s what’s planned:

Fri., July 6 – Pelican Bluffs

Fri., July 13 – Noyo Headlands Park

Fri., July 20 – Haul Road

Fri., July 27 – Humboldt Bay Trail

Fri., Aug. 3 – Del Norte Coast

Fri., Aug. 10 – Crescent City Harbor Trail

Join the conversation on social media using #myCAcoast.


California Fall Color Is Named Best Internet Site

Fallen Apples, Apple Hill (10/12/17) John Poimiroo

CaliforniaFallColor.com was awarded Best Outdoor Internet Site in the recent Outdoor Writers Association of California 2017 Craft Awards.

A photo of fallen apples shot at Apple Hill in Camino was also awarded a First Prize for Best Outdoor Feature Photograph and CaliforniaFallColor.com took Second Place honors as the Best Outdoor Medium in California.

Every contributor and reader shares in these honors by helping to make the site what it is.

California Autumn

Tony Rice sings, “It looks like it’s gonna be another California autumn…”

“… the best time you’ll ever find to run away.”

Enjoy Magazine IDs Northstate Spots

Brewer’s Oak (Unknown Date) Jay Thesken | Enjoy

Papoose Pass, Davis Gulch and Sacramento Ditch are three new fall color locations identified by Shasta Cascade native plant experts in the latest issue of Enjoy magazine.

Laura Christman’s article leads off with the above photo of Brewer’s Oak (rarely published here), reinforces what we espouse about California Fall Color, then lists places to see great fall color up north. CLICK HERE to read it.

On The Go with John Hamilton

KGO-AM810 On The Go

This morning, the 50,000 watts of KGO-AM810 (San Francisco) sent word of California Fall Color far and wide over travel broadcaster John Hamilton’s program “On The Go.” To hear the program, CLICK HERE.

KCRA-TV3 – Top Ten NorCal Fall Foliage

Napa Valley (11/5/16) Gene Miller

Our friends at KCRA-TV3 have posted Northern California’s top ten fall foliage spots. CLICK HERE to read their report.


Foster Travel on California Fall Color

Foster Travel

Travel writer/photographer Lee Foster and I will be heading Outside on the Eastside starting on Monday to photograph and record fall color.

Lee has published many books on California and holds the distinction as the first travel writer to fully embrace and be truly successful in online publishing. Recently, he posted this article on California Fall Color.

Our route will take US 50 east to Placerville, then south along Mormon Emigrant Trail to CA 88, then east again across Carson Pass through the Hope Valley, turning south through Markleeville and over Monitor Pass to US 395.

From there, we’ll travel south, checking Eastern Sierra canyons for color, arriving at North Lake in Bishop Creek Canyon for the sunset.

I’ve been asked where the locations identified on this site are located, since many are not identified on Google or Apple maps. That is why I’ve placed a custom map on this website. You’ll find it in the column to the right, just below the weather forecast.


California Fall Color Map

The California Fall Color Map identifies precisely where fall color has been seen and to what stage the color has progressed. However, the updating of the leafs is done manually as new reports arrive, and I am sometimes delayed from posting updates. So, the map is only as current as time permits to post updates.

Still, if you’re reading this site and go to the map, you can find locations about which we’ve reported on this site.

To use it, click on the brackets at upper right. The map will open in a new window. Then search for the location you want to visit or click on a leaf. Expand the view to make clicking on leaves easier. You may have to click “View in Google Maps,” for a closeup view of nearby roads.

Good hunting.

Via Preaches California Fall Color

Writing in Via, Christopher Hall declares, “To hear New England tell it, you’d think that glorious fall foliage only happens there. But we in the West respectfully disagree.”


CLICK HERE to read his article.

NY Times Reviews CaliforniaFallColor.com

All The News That’s Fit To Print

South Lake Rd, near Parchers, Bishop Creek Canyon (9/23/17) Naresh Satyan

NY Times reporter Mike McPhate posted a piece today in California Today about our autumn, stating, “That means in California, with its extreme topography, weekend travelers can find their way to fall foliage for much longer.”

CLICK HERE to read Mike’s article.

Also, the NY Times’ California Today has a new feature by which you can post a photo. We recommend sending current photos and ones that show not just inspirational landscapes, but the relationship of people to them. CLICK HERE to be taken to that page.

NBC on CaliforniaFallColor

NBC believes seeing California Fall Color is “Worth The Trip.” The network’s LA, Bay Area, San Diego and Sacramento stations have been regular followers of CaliforniaFallColor.com and several just posted the above review on their websites.

Thanks NBC’s California affiliates for being such great supporters of CaliforniaFallColor!