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Another Week of Peak

Aspen Grove Trail, San Bernardino NF (10/21/18) John Dinsmore

The San Bernardino Mountains have another week of peak at most elevations, reports John Dinsmore who visited Green Valley Lake, Barton Flats, Aspen Grove Trail, Running Springs and Oak Glen this past weekend.

Aspen have fallen the most, while black oak and bigleaf maple and exotics continue to show strong color. 

Best bet for the coming week are Lake Gregory and Oak Glen.

Green Valley Lake, San Bernardino Mountains (10/19/18) John Dinsmore

Green Valley Lake, San Bernardino Mountains (10/19/18) John Dinsmore

Running Springs San Bernardino Mountains (10/19/18) John Dinsmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Green Valley Lake (7,200′) – Peak to Past Peak – YOU ALMOST MISSED IT!
  • Big Bear (6,752′) -Peak to Past Peak – YOU ALMOST MISSED IT!
  • Aspen Grove Trail – Peak to Past Peak – YOU ALMOST MISSED IT!
  • Lake Arrowhead (5,174′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Grass Valley Lake (5,058′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Lake Gregory (4,554′) -Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Running Springs – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Oak Glen – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

 

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Big Bear’s Gettin’ Big

Man, what a view!, Big Bear (10/9/18) Steve Shinn

Frémont cottonwood are Near Peak at Big Bear (above), where fields of yellow rubber rabbitbrush lead up to the golden-orange trees. Color spotter Steve Shinn laments that, “What the fires didn’t get our crazy weather and lack of rain did.”

Nonetheless, bigleaf maple at Big Bear and quaking aspen at Aspen Grove Trail are also peaking, Black oak are still Just Starting. 

  • Big Bear (6,752′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

The Bernardinos Begin to Get Big

Jenks Lake (9/29/16) Alena Nicholas

Jenks Lake (9/29/16) Alena Nicholas

Big Bear Lake (9/29/16) Alena Nicholas

Big Bear Lake (9/29/16) Alena Nicholas

Barton Flats (9/29/16) Alena Nicholas

Barton Flats (9/29/16) Alena Nicholas

Big Bear, Barton Flats and Jenks Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains are puttin’ on their colors. Orange black oak are getting reflected in lakes, a beautiful contrast to blue skies and lazy autumn days, reports Alena Nicholas from The Bernardinos.

Big Bear – Patchy (10-50%)

Barton Flats – Patchy (10-50%)

Jenks Lake – Patchy (10-50%)

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Big Bear: Beautiful Along The Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle, SB Mountains (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Arctic Circle, SB Mountains (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

You’d think that a place called “The Arctic Circle” would be austere and foreboding.  Not so along the drive called “The Arctic Circle” near Big Bear where black oak speckle the forest with bright splotches of orange.

Seen in San Bernardino Mountains color correspondent Alena Nicholas’ photograph, Big Bear Lake peeks between the layered, sensuous curves of the San Bernardino Mountains, its blue waters beckoning travelers to the pleasures beyond.

Big Bear Lake (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Big Bear Lake (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Big Bear (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Big Bear (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

This week’s storm shook about a third of the leaves remaining on black oaks at Big Bear Lake and clinging to the ridges, though those nestled in the canyons seen from The Arctic Circle are still dressed in fall finery. With sunny to partly cloudy days predicted, the fall color should hang for a while, though it will drizzle away, slowly but surely.

Nevertheless, with skis and snowboards now cutting groomed corduroy on the slopes of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, what titian tones remain in the forest, is almost a distraction to why motorists are now traveling The Arctic Circle to Big Bear.  And, with fall color ebbing in the mountains, we’ve assigned Alena to search the southland for where else it might be found.

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – The Arctic Circle and Big Bear Lake.

Arctic Circle, SB Mountains (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Arctic Circle, SB Mountains (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Black oak, Big Bear Lake (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Black oak, Big Bear Lake (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Black oak, Big Bear Lake (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

Black oak, Big Bear Lake (11/24/15) Alena Nicholas

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Wonderful Weather and Color at Lake Silverwood

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Balmy weather made visiting Lake Silverwood in the San Bernardino Mountains a perfect getaway this past weekend, reports Southern California color spotter Alena Nicholas.

Peak color is painting Southern California’s mountains with soft and beautiful color, as seen in Alena’s photos.

The Lake Silverwood area seems drier than it did last year, “this late in Fall,” wrote Alena, continuing that there still is “…some nice color in the meadows, and around the shore. Almost all of Oaks, and a couple of cottonwoods have turned.” The days are idyllic with cool mornings andevenings, and warm days.

Alena has promised to visit Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead once again.  Big Bear has been at peak for a while, though her latest shots of Lake Arrowhead and Lake Gregory show it Nearr Peak to Peaking.

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Silverwood Lake

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Silverwood (11/7/15) Alena Nicholas

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Big Bear’s Burnt Aspen to Recover, Beautifully

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

A grove of California Aspen near Big Bear in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, listed as one of only two naturally-occurring aspen groves in Southern California, will recover from this past year’s Summer’s Lake fire in a couple of years, according to a report in Big Bear Today.

The article quotes Steve Alarid of the USDA Forest Service who predicts that, “Aspens are going to dominate this area for the next 50 year,” because the entire forest was incinerated.

Alarid was quoted as saying that both pine and aspen have coexisted in Southern California since the Ice Age, “in deep canyons where cooler air settles…” and where there are, “…creeks flowing nearby.”

For the aspen, however, “shade” was their biggest enemy, but now that the surrounding pine forest was consumed, the aspen whose root system is intact will flourish.

Already, juvenile aspen stems are seen sticking up out of the charcoal forest floor at “Aspen Grove,” and that color will begin to reemerge in two years,”their green presence in the Moon-like landscape is a welcome reminder that popular Aspen Grove, closed for the next year or so after the inferno, will be back,” Alarid said.

Willows are also recovering quickly.  Big Bear Today reported that some willow shoots, “are six feet high already.”

 

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Of Things Yet To Come

Lake Arrowhead (10/6/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Arrowhead (10/6/15) Alena Nicholas

Alena Nicholas titles these views near sunset at Lake Arrowhead, “Of Things Yet To Come.”

Lake Arrowhead (10/6/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Arrowhead (10/6/15) Alena Nicholas

As, there is just a bit of color change to be seen in the San Bernardino Mountains.  However, following the storm seen moving across the mountains, colder nights are expected and Alena anticipates change, “sooner than later.”

To those who were anxious for an update on Southern California color, the storms prevented any worthy report, due to the low level of color to be seen down south.

Alena reports that she plans to tour Big Bear and Green Valley Lakes this weekend.  And notes, “I was surprised to see one very dedicated water skier out on the lake, this evening, who had the water almost all to himself!”

Just Starting (0-10%) – Lake Arrowhead 

Lake Arrowhead (10/6/15) Alena Nicholas

Lake Arrowhead (10/6/15) Alena Nicholas

 

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San Bernardino Mountains Near Peak

Mountain Maple, Big Bear Lake (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Exotic Silver Maple, Big Bear Lake (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Fremont Cottonwood (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Fremont Cottonwood (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Japanese Maple (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Maple, Green Valley Lake (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Color spotter Nick Barnhart traveled up to the San Bernardino Mountains this past weekend and got these colorful shots of fall color at Lake Gregory, Green Valley Lake and Big Bear Lake.

San Bernardino Mountains (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

San Bernardino Mountains (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Rabbitbrush and cottonwoods (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Rabbitbrush and cottonwoods (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

GO NOW! Near Peak (50 – 75%) – San Bernardino National Forest – A mix of black oak, mountain maple, rabbitbrush and aspen are delicately coloring Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains.

Mountain Maple, Big Bear Lake (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Silver Maple, Green Valley Lake (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

GO NOW! Peak (75 – 100%) – Big Bear Lake – Christine, a color spotter visited the famous aspen grove near Big Bear and repots it is peaking.  This is probably the last weekend to see it in its glory.

Lake Gregory (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Lake Gregory (10/5/14) Nick Barnhart

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Lake Gregory and Lake Arrowhead – Only about 25% of the trees are showing color.

 

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The Face of Fall – LA Times

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

When compiling a photo gallery of the Face of Fall Around the World, Catherine Hamm, travel editor of the Los Angeles Times, asked us if we’d contact Lisa Wilkerson-Willis to obtain her permission for the Times to post Lisa’s fabulous picture of aspen lit with golden light in San Bernardino National Forest.  Of course, we were delighted to do so.  We’d do that for any color spotter or photog who lets us show their work.  Lisa’s photograph joins other images of autumn around the world, taken by some of the world’s greatest photographers.  Way to go, Lisa!  To see what the LA Times posted, CLICK HERE.

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San Bernardino Nat’l Forest – Full Peak

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino National Forest (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Color spotter Lisa Wilkerson-Willis sends these beautiful photographs of the Aspen Grove near Big Bear in the San Bernardino National Forest.  These are the best shots we’ve seen of this lovely forest.  Wow! Whoever believed there is no fall color in Southern California, just hasn’t gone leaf peeping near Big Bear.  Good goin’, Lisa!  Be sure to enter your shots of autumn in Big Bear’s photo contest.  For more about this contest, CLICK HERE.

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino NF (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino NF (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino NF (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Aspen Grove, San Bernardino NF (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Ferns, San Bernardino NF (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

Ferns, San Bernardino NF (10/12/13) Lisa Wilkerson-Willis

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Aspen Grove – San Bernardino National Forest