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Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants (US 101) was in full color between Fortuna and Ukiah, as north coast color spotter Walt Gabler drove south, yesterday.

Eel River, Shively (11/3/18) Walt Gabler

He found black oak at full peak north of Weott and along the Eel River, though was disappointed with color south of Garberville, finding the Van Duzen river east of Carlotta to be disappointing.

Van Duzen River, Carlotta (11/3/18) Walt Gabler

At his family’s homestead in the backwoods of Humboldt County, God’s rays through the fog of a North Coast sunrise illuminated the life-giving mist that sustains the redwood forest. 

Knack Creek sunrise, Humboldt County (11/3/18) Walt Gabler
  • Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt County (1,516′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

 

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Avenue of the Giants – Still Giant

Avenue of the Giants (11/26/16) Son H Nguyen

Avenue of the Giants (11/26/16) Son H Nguyen

Avenue of the Giants, US 101 (11/26/16) Son H Nguyen

Avenue of the Giants, US 101 (11/26/16) Son H Nguyen

Bigleaf maple, Avenue of the Giants (11/26/16) Son H Nguyen

Bigleaf maple, Avenue of the Giants (11/26/16) Son H Nguyen

Eel River, US 101 (11/26/16) Son H Nguyen

Eel River, US 101 (11/26/16) Son H Nguyen

Can you believe it?

We couldn’t until we saw these pictures sent by Son H Nguyen.

He spent the Thanksgiving Day weekend along the North Coast and returned with these shots of lingering color beside US 101, the Avenue of the Giants.

There’s even some lime among the coastal redwoods.

And, bigleaf maple are showing atypical color… not just yellow, but rust, lime and gold.

Nguyen’s photos show riparian color beside an Eel River that is swollen with muddy water from recent storms.

In a word, “Gigantic.”

Avenue of the Giants – Peak to Past Peak – YOU ALMOST MISSED IT!

 

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Humboldt County – Now Peaking Tree By Tree

Avenue of the Giants (11/16/15) Max Forster

Avenue of the Giants (11/16/15) Max Forster

Max Forster reports from Humboldt County that, “It’s hard to really give a blanket rating of Peak/Past Peak for the area.  It’s more about individual trees or small areas than wide swaths of color.  Some spots are past, while others are just getting into peak.”

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Humboldt Redwoods State Park – While some of the big leaf maple have petered out, others that have been surviving outside of full sun are peaking now.  Avenue of Giants is still a worthwhile drive. 

Maple at the extreme southern and northern ends of Humboldt Redwoods State Park are looking nice.  For the south, by the Bolling Grove to Myer’s Flat.  For the north, specifically by the Drury-Chaney Grove in Pepperwood and the unnamed trail by Elinor Road are peak.

Mad River (11/16/15) Max Forster

Mad River (11/16/15) Max Forster

Vine maple, Pacific Coast Trail (11/16/15) Max Forster

Vine maple, Pacific Coast Trail (11/16/15) Max Forster

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park – Roosevelt Elk bulls are still actively rutting, battling rivals and gathering their harems.  They have been seen daily by Big Lagoon and the little red schoolhouse.  Similar to Humboldt Redwoods, bigleaf maple that have been growing without direct sunlight are really going off now.  The big maple by the visitor center is at peak. 

Vine maple is also finally peaking, turning brilliant yellow like their big leaf neighbors.  Some parts of the trails are like walking through a sea of yellow. 

Specific spots are along Drury Parkway by the Big Tree for the big leaf maple. For the vine maple, the Prairie Creek Trail is your best bet.  A very brilliant vine maple grove can also be seen roadside on Drury Parkway by the Brown Creek Trail.

Avenue of the Giants, Drury Chaney (11/16/15) Max Forster

Avenue of the Giants, Drury Chaney (11/16/15) Max Forster

Drury Parkway (11/16/15) Max Forster

Drury Parkway (11/16/15) Max Forster

Drury Parkway (11/16/15) Max Forster

Drury Parkway (11/16/15) Max Forster