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A Place With Alps

Coffee Creek, CA-3, Trinity County (10/16/18) Jeri Rangel

Bowerman Barn, Covnington Mill, Trinity County (10/16/18) Jeri Rangel

What place has alps, cowboys, an untamed river and empty roads that wind through the yellow-splashed wild?

Jeri Rangel found the answer as she drove California highway 3, with not a car or truck ahead or behind. She knew that those that are, pull over to let you pass. That is, if you’re in a hurry, and no one seems to be.

Along the highway, she passed corrals with horses grazing idly. Along the Trinity River, lemony bigleaf maple and rosy dogwood lit up the woods.

You’re on the highway to Alps they call Trinity, in a county of the same name, traveling the vast Shasta Cascade region of UpStateCA. 

  • Trinity County (3,000′) – Patchy (10-50%)

 

 

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Layered Cake

Coffee Creek (10/7/18) Jeri Rangel

Fall color is a layered cake of emerging color along Coffee Creek in Trinity County.

Indian rhubarb (Darmera) are green with emerging touches of yellow and orange-red, bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) are mottled yellow and lime, while Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) top the cake with pink frosting.

Jeri Rangel sent us a slice of that cake and we’re hungry for more. 

Coffee Creek (3,068′) – Just Starting (0-10%)

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California Roundup

Green Lake (9/23/17) Naresh Satyan

Color spotters from across California have been contributing their observations.  Here’s a roundup of what they’re seeing.

Eastern Sierra

Groves Above Cardinal Village (9/24/17) Clayton Peoples

Clayton Peoples spent Sunday in the upper reaches of Bishop Creek Canyon and reports, “Although I agree with color spotter Will Ridgeway on rating the high elevations above Lake Sabrina as “Near Peak” (50-75%), much of Bishop Creek Canyon is still “Patchy” (10-50%)–but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still beautiful color to be found.

“For instance, the upper portion of the groves above Cardinal Village have turned mostly orange. Given a few more days, this subset of aspens will likely be at peak color. Likewise, some of the aspen around Lake Sabrina have begun to turn yellow and/or orange–but will likely need a week or more to reach peak color.

Nevertheless, Clayton predicts there will be “numerous weeks of good color to come in Bishop Creek Canyon as color fills in more fully in the high elevations, then works its way down.” Clayton would assess Bishop Creek Canyon as “Peak of the Week” worthy… and we agree.

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

Naresh Satyan hiked from South Lake in Bishop Creek Canyon to Green Lake (up to 12,400′) before snow turned him back, yesterday. He reports that aspens along South Lake road are still mostly green and healthy), though he found a few stands surrounding the Parchers Resort that are turning nicely.

The color appears to be best at or above 10,000′ which coincides with a Near Peak (GO NOW!) report we received this past week from Sabrina Lake.

You will, however, find peak color among the willows, grasses and ground covers. That is evident in the photo of Green Lake (11,260′) which Naresh described as “spectacular and well worth the hike to get there.” Of course, be prepared for cold temperatures. A light dusting of snow on the mountains and some lupines still blooming made for an unforgettable hike.

 

Shasta Cascade

Ruth Hartman reports from Coffee Creek in Trinity County (Shasta Cascade) that color this past week’s cold snap got dogwood turning red and varigated green along Hwy 3 in Trinity County at 3000′. You’ll find it while heading north along the Slate grade, two miles before Tannery Gulch campground. Odd, but we’re seeing the same with planted dogwood at 800′ in elevation, east of Sacramento in El Dorado Hills.

Southern California

Gingko Biloba, Long Beach (9/23/17) Trent Vierra

Liquidambar, Long Beach (9/23/17) Trent Vierra

Trent Vierra interrupted his morning bike ride, yesterday, to snap a couple of shots of gingko biloba and liquidambar brightening up along 1st St. in the Bluff Heights neighborhood of Long Beach, and commented that he’s been noticing change in color among these exotic species.

That’s typical of liquidambar, though the gingkos tend to keep to a more regular schedule. Still, Trent scores the first “First Report” for Long Beach. While doing that, he also got a shot of a Maine license plate beside emerging California Fall Color… double score.

 

 

 

 

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Holy Trinity!

Weaverville (11/10/15) Jeri Rangel

Weaverville (11/10/15) Jeri Rangel

Trinity County color spotter Jeri Rangel sent us back to church to ask for forgiveness for announcing, earlier this week,that Trinity County was almost past peak.

Mea culpa! As is evident in Jeri’s pictures, Weaverville is Peaking, with gorgeous color along CA-299.

Founded in 1850 during the California Gold Rush, Weaverville is the county seat and a fascinating town to visit.

Weaverville’s Joss House whose official name is “The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds,” is a remarkable Taoist temple and California’s best-preserved example of a gold rush era Chinese place of worship, with its beautiful interior and intricately carved altar.

Weaverville (11/10/15) Jeri Rangel

Weaverville (11/10/15) Jeri Rangel

An unusual aspect of this 19th century town is its exterior circular staircases, so built to avoid higher property taxes assessed for interior stairs during the 1800s. They add quirky charm to this fascinating town.

Weaverville is prime to visit and peaking.  GO NOW!

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Weaverville

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Shasta Cascade: Trinity Moves to Peak

Bigleaf maple, CA-299 (11/8/15) Gabriel Leete

Bigleaf maple, CA-299 (11/8/15) Gabriel Leete

Photos just received change our previous report on Trinity County from past peak to peak. GO NOW!

Color spotter Gabriel Leete got his snap of fall color along the Trinity River (CA-299), with bigleaf maple at full peak, as the Shasta Cascade’s first major winter storm arrived to dampen leaves.

Gabriel reports the color in west Trinity County is 90% done.

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Weaverville/CA-299

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – West Trinity County

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Trinity Continues to Surprise

Crabapple, Carville Inn (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Crabapple, Carville Inn (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Trinity County color spotter Jeri Rangel toured the backroads of her Shasta Cascade haunt, this past Halloween weekend, to find crabapples peaking, vineyards nearing peak and horses galloping past peaking cottonwood in spirited celebration.

Bowerman Meadow (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Bowerman Meadow (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Bowerman Meadow (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Bowerman Meadow (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Coffee Creek (11/1/15) Jeri Rangel

Coffee Creek (11/1/15) Jeri Rangel

Bowerman Meadow and Barn (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Bowerman Meadow and Barn (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Bowerman Barn at Covington Mill (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Bowerman Barn at Covington Mill (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Swift Creek, Trinity Center (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Swift Creek, Trinity Center (10/31/15) Jeri Rangel

Alpen Cellars (10/30/15) Jeri Rangel

Alpen Cellars (10/30/15) Jeri Rangel

Anderson River Park, Anderson (10/30/15) Gabriel Leete

Anderson River Park, Anderson (10/30/15) Gabriel Leete

Indian Falls, N Fork Feather River (10/30/15) Gabriel Leete

Indian Falls, N Fork Feather River (10/30/15) Jeff Luke Titcomb

Bowerman Meadow, Coffee Creek and Swift Creek, all in Trinity County, continue to develop surprising color.  Travel Hwy 3 north of Weaverville (Hwy 299) to see it.

Elsewhere in the Shasta Cascade region, Shanda Ochs reports that alder and willows edging Manzanita Lake at the northwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park (Hwy 44) have lost half their peak color.

Gabriel Leete sends these shots from Anderson (Shasta County) and Indian Falls (Plumas County).

Anderson River Park shows a mix of native wild cucumber transitioning from green to lime to chartreuse.

Indian Falls, along Indian Creek leading to the N. Fork of the Feather River, is edged with brilliant orange-red and yellow Indian Rhubarb along with blackberry brambles and pockets of yellow-orange willows.

Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Trinity County

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Peak of the Week: Coffee Creek

Coffee Creek (10/.24/15) Jeri Rangel

Coffee Creek (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Hwy 3 and Coffee Creek Rd. (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Hwy 3 and Coffee Creek Rd. (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Alpen Cellars, Trinity County (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Alpen Cellars, Trinity County (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Billy's Peak seen from Coffee Creek (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Billy’s Peak seen from Coffee Creek (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

East Fork, Trinity River (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

East Fork, Trinity River (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Carville Inn, Trinity County (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Carville Inn, Trinity County (10/24/15) Jeri Rangel

Sims Flat, Shasta County (10/24/15) Jill Dinsmore

Sims Flat, Shasta County (10/24/15) Jill Dinsmore

Jeri Rangel took to the air this past weekend to show us the glorious color percolating along Coffee Creek in the Shasta Cascade.

This is the best view of peak that we have seen of the Coffee Creek area, earning the area honors as, “Peak of the Week.”

Jeri continued her flight over Alpen Cellars, one of the few vineyards in the Shasta Cascade, its vineyards glowing golden below with the Trinity Alps seen in the distance.

Most of the trees creating the color are bigleaf maple, though some cottonwood, alder and birch are contributing to the show.

The Carville Loop Rd. was part of a fabled stage coach route through Trinity County during the California Gold Rush.

Serving travelers along the Loop, since 1854, has been the Carville Inn, now a resort.

Though gold is no longer being mined in the Trinity River and Coffee Creek, spots of gold can still be seen in the area’s trees.

However, very little gold is being seen along the Upper Sacramento River at Sims Flat, where many of the trees have dropped their leaves or had them turn without significant color.

Color spotter Jill Dinsmore sends a shot of Sims Flat.  Though the color is disappointing, there is hope that Indian Rhubarb growing at the river’s edge will brighten to orange-red in coming weeks.

Birch, Mt Shasta (10/24/15) Sherry Gardner

Birch, Mt Shasta (10/24/15) Sherry Gardner

Sherry Gardner found a stand of brightly colored birch along Old Stage Rd in the town of Mt. Shasta.

Peak GO NOW! (75-100%) – Coffee Creek

Peak GO NOW! (75-100%) – Carville Loop

Patchy (10-50%) – Sims Flat, Upper Sacramento River

Peak GO NOW! (75-100%) – Mt. Shasta

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Coffee Creek Brewing Nicely

Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Bigleaf maple, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Bigleaf maple, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Dogwood, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Dogwood, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Coffee Creek off Hwy 3 in Trinity County is percolating with rosy Pacific Dogwood peaking, bigleaf maple turning from lime to yellow and black oaks still to dress in their Halloween orange and black, reports Ruth Hartman of the Coffee Creek Ranch.

The brew of fall colors will mature over the next two weeks with a rolling Near Peak continuing until the black oak blush.

Near Peak GO NOW! (50-75%) – Coffee Creek, Trinity County

Bigleaf Maple, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Bigleaf Maple, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Dogwood, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Dogwood, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Bigleaf maple, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Bigleaf maple, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Bigleaf maple, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

Bigleaf maple, Coffee Creek (10/19/15) Ruth Hartman

As Autumn Approaches, Shasta Cascade Reports

With the first day of autumn approaching (Friday, Sept. 23), few reports received yet include significant measurements of fall color anywhere in California.  Yesterday, Leilani, a color spotter from the Shasta Cascade region (northeast California) reported:

0-15% – Butte County – The colors in Butte County are not expected to change much until closer to the end of the month.  The area has been experiencing unseasonably warm weather.

Sundial Bridge (11/4/2009) © 2009 John Poimiroo

0-15% – Redding – Nothing yet to report, but plan to visit in early October to see the riparian vegetation and oaks along the banks of the Sacramento River framing Sundial Bridge with shades of yellow, orange and burnt sienna.

0-15% – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area- The national park is not experiencing any fall color changes, as yet.

0-15% – MacArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park– The Vine Maples at the bottom of the falls at Burney Creek are just beginning to turn.

0-15% – Lassen Volcanic National Park–  Neither upper elevations at the park or Manzanita Lake are experiencing any foliage change yet.

0-15% – Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail-   Colors along The Bizz Johnson Trail in Lassen County are not expected to change until the middle of October.

0-15% – Lassen National Forest – The national forest will most likely not experience fall color changes until early October.

0-15% – Modoc National Forest – No color changes yet in Modoc County, but conditions are perfect for spectacular fall color, as the nights are starting to turn pretty cold, with warm days meaning that as the days shorten, the beginning of color change is expected in the next week or so.

0-15% – Mt. Shasta – California’s beautiful northern volcano, Mt Shasta, is not yet surrounded by fall color.

0-15% – Weaverville – Trinity County surrounding this fascinating gold rush era town along CA-299 has not yet seen any fall color.  Last year, we reported very lovely color along 299 and in the area.  Look to the middle of October for the color to truly swirl here.

0 – 15% – Plumas County – One of California’s premiere places to see fall color, Plumas County always delivers wonderful fall color and 2011 should be no change.  Area botanists are saying the colors are expected to be spectacular this season thanks to all the rain Plumas County has had throughout the year. Our dear friends at the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce will be posting to their fall webpage starting on Friday (Sept. 23).  Their reports feature local and visitor testimonies and pictures from all parts of this colorful destination.  Keep checking here for their reports, as well.  The Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce in Chester stocks copies of a guide to regional fall color drives, many of which are on state and national scenic byways.