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From Fall Color To Christmas Tree Permits

Red Maple (11/24/14) Jill Dinsmore

Red Maple, Shasta County (11/24/14) Jill Dinsmore

Thanksgiving Week marks two events in the national forests of northeast California, the end of fall color and the start of Christmas tree cutting.

Traveling to the north woods to cut a tree is a family adventure that for many is an annual tradition. Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Lassen National Forest are now issuing Christmas Tree cutting permits.  Cost of a permit is $10 which allows one tree per household.  CLICK HERE for further details.

Exotic color, Redding (11/24/14) Barbara Pozek

Exotic color, Redding (11/24/14) Barbara Pozek

Scarlet Maple, CSU Chico (11/21/14) Barbara Pozek

Scarlet Maple, CSU Chico (11/21/14) Barbara Pozek

Black Oak, Trinity Lake  (11/14/14) Julie Nelson

Black Oak, Trinity Lake (11/14/14) Julie Nelson

Mushroom, Trinity County (11/14/14) Julie Nelson

Mushroom, Trinity County (11/14/14) Julie Nelson

Shasta Cascade color spotters report fall color being past peak across most of northeast California.  Though, spots of hot color can be seen flickering along the edges of lakes (as reported earlier this week), on forest floors and in the urban forests of Redding, Red Bluff and Chico.  Here’s the latest:

Shasta County (Past Peak) – A fraction of dogwood, oak and maple are still showing red and orange. YOU MISSED IT.

Butte County (Past Peak) – Autumn is hardly evident throughout most of Butte County, though Chico’s boulevards and the CSU Chico campus are still lovely with their landmark trees displaying vibrant red color.  YOU MISSED IT.

Trinity County (Past Peak) – Trinity is past peak, with remnant oaks dressed in pale yellow leaves, spotted brown. YOU MISSED IT.

Siskiyou County (Past Peak) – A winter chill has descended on Siskiyou County which is now past peak.  Lake Siskiyou is edged with fading yellow and orange. YOU MISSED IT.

Modoc County (Past Peak) – YOU MISSED IT.

Plumas County (Past Peak) – The first area of the Shasta Cascade to peak, Plumas County is also the last to carry significant color with oak and dogwood near Greenville and in the Indian Valley dressed in red, orange and fading yellow. YOU MISSED IT.

Tehama County (Past Peak) – Fall has flamed out in Tehama County, with its oaks carrying yellow and brown speckled leaves. YOU MISSED IT.

Lassen County (Past Peak) – YOU MISSED IT.

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Rain Storms Push Shasta Cascade Past Peak

Brandy Creek Falls, Whiskeytown NRA 11/18/14) Jack Kirchert

Brandy Creek Falls, Whiskeytown NRA 11/18/14) Jack Kirchert

Color spotters from across the Shasta Cascade were reporting enduring spots of fall color until today.  Then, a series of rain storms began passing through northern California.  They have dampened and spotted the remaining color, pushing most areas of northeast California past peak.

Butte County (Peak to Past Peak) – When last reported, walnut groves along Hwy 99 were nearing peak. though the last of peak color on the CSU Chico campus, in Bidwell Park, downtown Chico and Paradise is being rained upon and is moving past peak. GO NOW!

Tehama County (Past Peak) – The Sacramento River, Red Bluff and Cottonwood have moved significantly to past peak this week with storms wetting remaining color.  What little remains will probably be gone by this weekend. YOU MISSED IT.

Landscape tree, Anderson (11/18/14) Brittany Pozek

Landscape tree, Anderson (11/18/14) Brittany Pozek

Shasta County (Past Peak) – The last of the fall color in Shasta County flared this past week at Brandy Creek Fall in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, west of Redding, though as Jack Kirchert’s photo shows, it’s now well past peak. Landscape color is still developing in Anderson. YOU MISSED IT.

Trinity County (Past Peak) – Weaverville was the center of attention this week for Trinity County fall color spotters, with the Gold Rush era town framed by autumn color. YOU MISSED IT.

Modoc County (Peak to Past Peak) – Color has descended throughout the Modoc National Forest to its lowest elevations. GO NOW!

Siskiyou County (Past Peak) – Native foliage throughout Siskiyou County is now past peak, though color is reported at the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens where exotic Japanese Maples, Eastern Redbud and Pacific Dogwood are reported to be still showing red, yellow and rose. YOU MISSED IT.

Plumas County (Past Peak) – The show is finally over in Plumas County, though a few spots of color are seen near Quincy and down the Feather River canyon. YOU MISSED IT.

Plumas County (11/18/14) Mike Nellor

Plumas County (11/18/14) Mike Nellor

Lassen County (Past Peak) – Peak color has gone though there’s a lovely mix of yellow and red color and bare branches still to be seen off Hwy 44E. YOU MISSED IT.

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Shasta Cascade – Peak Descends to the Rivers

Bigleaf maple, Castle Crags State Park (11/8/14) Jill Dinsmore

Bigleaf maple, Castle Crags State Park (11/8/14) Jill Dinsmore

This will likely be the last week to see peak color in Plumas, Lassen and Siskiyou counties in the Shasta Cascade region of northeast California. Many of their trees are now losing leaves, though beautiful color can still be found in spots. While these higher elevation areas are moving past peak, all lower elevation areas near the Trinity, Feather and Sacramento Rivers in the Shasta Cascade are now peaking. They will likely carry full peak through next week.  Here’s the lowdown:

CSU Chico (11/7/14) Barbara Pozek

CSU Chico (11/7/14) Barbara Pozek

Butte County (Peak 75%-100%) As reported earlier this week, Esplanade Blvd. in downtown Chico is glorious.  A canopy of fully peaked towering trees overhangs the broad boulevard.  Bidwell Park and the CSU Chico campus are now painted with auburn, crimson, purple, yellow, gold and orange.  Exotic plants are showing brilliant color. GO NOW!

Red Bluff (11/9/14) Brittany Pozek

Red Bluff (11/9/14) Brittany Pozek

Tehama County (Peak  75-100%) Tehama County, at the north end of the Sacramento Valley, is now peaking.  The best color is found beside the Sacramento River at William P. Ide Adobe State Park, the Red Bluff Recreation Area off Sale Lane, Red Bluff River Park downtown and northeast of Red Bluff where Jellys Ferry Rd crosses the river.  In Red Bluff, there is lots of color on Main Street, with contrasts of historic architecture framed by trees. GO NOW!

Anderson River Park (11/9/14) Gabriel Leete

Anderson River Park (11/9/14) Gabriel Leete

Shasta County (Peak 75%-100%) Towering cottonwood and other riparian trees at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Garden, at Sundial Bridge and along the Sacramento River Trail are peaking. Anderson River Park in Anderson has a beautiful blend of red, yellow, soft green, and orange, all on one tree. Cottonwood along the river are now losing leaves. GO NOW!

Trinity County (Peak 75%-100%) On Hwy 299 from Redding west to Fortuna motorists pass pockets of golden cottonwood, yellow bigleaf maple and chartreuse wild cucumber, all accented with spots of crimson beside the Trinity River. Weaverville  is a must stop on a fall excursion along this route is visiting the interior of Joss House State Historic Park, an elaborately sculpted Chinese temple, with its red and gold carved altar. GO NOW!

Interstate 5, Shasta County (11/8/14) Jill Dinsmore

Interstate 5, Shasta County (11/8/14) Jill Dinsmore

Modoc County (Peak 75%-100%) Modoc National Forest is at peak with an abundant display of fall color. GO NOW!

Siskiyou County (Peak  to Past Peak) Fall is fading fast in Siskiyou County. In the town of Mt. Shasta, many planted trees have peaked and are now losing leaves. Snow-covered Mt. Shasta provides a dramatic backdrop to the remaining color, though it lacks the luster of the photos taken last week by Cory Poole. GO NOW!

Plumas County (Peak to Past Peak) Plumas County was the first part of the Shasta Cascade to peak and color spotter Karen Moritz there says  Plumas is “definitely past peak” though color can still be found in the Feather River Canyon and around Greenville. GO NOW!

Lassen County (11/8/14) Joel Rathje

Lassen County (11/8/14) Joel Rathje

Lassen County (Peak to Past Peak) Similar to Siskiyou and Plumas, Lassen County is now past peak, though some areas are still lovely as seen in this photo of a boy taken by Joel Rathje. GO NOW!

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Discovering Gold in the Shasta Cascade

Gold in a gravel bar along the Upper Sacramento River (11/1/14) Cory Poole

Gold in a gravel bar along the Upper Sacramento River (11/1/14) Cory Poole

If only finding real gold were as easy as finding figurative gold in California. Color spotter Cory Poole posted this photo on his Facebook site of with the comment that he “found some gold in a gravel bar along the Sacramento River. We’re all richer for his discovery.

A train moves through Shasta-Trinity National Forest toward Mt Shasta (11/4/14) Cory Poole

A train moves through Shasta-Trinity National Forest toward Mt Shasta (11/4/14) Cory Poole

Poole is a find, as well… an extraordinary photographer taking compelling photographs of the Shasta Cascade.  He is a high school physics and math teacher at University Preparatory School in Redding who just also happens to be an exceptional photographer.  We’ve linked to his Facebook page at left.

Presently, the vast Shasta Cascade region of northeast California is near peak, with the last of peak moving north through the northern Sierra into the southern Cascades.

Sacramento River and Hedge Creek (11/4/14) Cory Poole

Sacramento River and Hedge Creek (11/4/14) Cory Poole

Shasta county (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) – Riparian areas beside the Sacramento River seen from I-5 and urban forests in Redding and Anderson are at full peak with black oak, cottonwood and willows colored yellow, orange and red. GO NOW!

Plumas County (Peak 75-100%) Plumas County continues at peak. Bigleaf maple are dropping huge yellow leaves in the Indian Valley.  The Road to the Round Valley Reservoir is flanked by trees covered with yellow and orange oak and maple leaves.  Indian Rhubarb are losing their red-orange intensity, though the North Fork of the Feather River is now being drapes with yellow.  You’ll find color along the Arlington Road, near the Hideaway Motel in Quincy, surrounding Greenville and along the Round Valley Road. GO NOW!

Shasta Trinity National Forest (11/1/14) Cory Poole

Shasta Trinity National Forest (11/1/14) Cory Poole

Tehama County (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) – Tehama is forecast to peak this or next week.  Many of the cottonwoods flanking the Sacramento River are heavy with gorgeous yellow- orange leaves. GO NOW!

 

Cottonwood, Butte (11/3/14) Brittany Pozek

Cottonwood, Butte (11/3/14) Brittany Pozek

Butte County (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) –  Downtown Chico, the CSU Chico campus, Paradise, orchards along CA-99 and Bidwell Park are the places to find the most color in Butte County.  A favorite mid-November road trip is to Chico for lunch at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Restaurant (top rate), a tour of the brewery, fall color viewing in Chico and at Bidwell Park, visits to Orient and Flume Art Glass and Chico’s many exceptional art galleries. GO NOW!

Sims Bridge (11/4/14) Cory Poole

Sims Bridge (11/4/14) Cory Poole

Modoc County (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) – The Modoc people called this land at the extreme northeast corner of California, “The Smiles of God,” for its beauty and bounty.  In autumn, Modoc National Forest is where people head to see its fall color and majesty.  The forest is renowned for its western juniper – the largest unbroken expanse in the world, though it also has mountain mahogany, white-barked quaking aspen and purple sage that in autumn provide beautiful color. More than 300 species of wildlife pass through the region including many migratory waterfowl, Rocky Mountain elk, wild horses, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope. Peak is about to occur and should last almost to Thanksgiving Day. GO NOW!

Sims Flat Campground (11/1/14) Cory Poole

Sims Flat Campground (11/1/14) Cory Poole

Mossbrae Falls (11/4/14) Cory Poole

Mossbrae Falls (11/4/14) Cory Poole

McCloud Hotel (11/4/14)  SCWA

McCloud Hotel (11/4/14) SCWA

Trinity County (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) – Quite a bit of change has occurred in the past week with the Trinity River now brightly colored with yellow bigleaf maple, chartreuse wild cucumber and orange black oak surrounding Weaverville and along CA-299. GO NOW!

Lassen County (Peak 75 – 100%) – Fall Color has about another week to show in the Susanville area and Bizz Johnson trail, Mountain Meadows Reservoir and northeastern Lake Almanor are exploding with fall color. GO NOW!

Siskiyou County (Peak 75 – 100%) –Siskiyou County peaked last week and is now moving toward past peak. Beautiful color is found in Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta, Weed and McCloud from both native and exotic trees.  GO NOW!

Mt Shasta (11/4/14) Cory Poole

Lenticular clouds over Mt Shasta (11/4/14) Cory Poole

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Why Go To New England?

Methodist Church, Quincy (10/28/14) Mike Nellor

Methodist Church, Quincy (10/28/14) Mike Nellor

The Shasta Cascade region of northeast California is a slow developer of fall color, then… WHAM!

Presently, Lassen and Siskiyou Counties are Near Peak and Plumas County becomes the first in the Shasta Cascade to go to full Peak with its quaint towns, forested hills and color-draped streams in full glow.  The photograph of Quincy’s Methodist Church surrounded by fall color is so reminiscent of the northeast, that it makes us ask, “Why go to New England?”

There’s lots of lovely color to be found in the forests, parks, towns and along the rivers and streams in other regions of the Shasta Cascade.

Shasta county (Patchy 10%-50%) – Yellow bigleaf maple and orange black oak are near peak at MacArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.  Elevations above 3,500’ are near the high end of patchy or nearing peak.  Elevations below 3,500’ (Anderson, Redding) have modest color change, mostly exotic trees in their urban forests.  Riparian forests along the Sacramento River are showing lime and yellow and will likely peak in mid November.

Poison Oak, Oak Run, Shasta County (10/26/14)  Jill Dinsmore

Poison Oak, Oak Run, Shasta County (10/26/14) Jill Dinsmore

Poison Oak (10/27/14) Mike Nellor

Poison Oak (10/27/14) Mike Nellor

Cottonwood, Trinity County  (10/25/14)

Cottonwood, Trinity County (10/25/14)

Butte County (Patchy 10%-50%) –  Urban parks surrounding Chico State University and in Bidwell Park are beginning to show vibrant lime and yellow, though the change in Chico, Oroville and Paradise is still developing. Poison oak is providing flashes of crimson in the woods. A good time to visit would be when the Great Gobblers Family Hike occurs in Bidwell Park on Nov. 15. CLICK HERE for more information.

Lassen County (Near Peak 50%-75%) – The Susanville area and Bizz Johnson trail are exploding with fall color.  Many of the area’s aspen, cottonwood, dogwood, black oak and bigleaf maple are near peak and should peak in the coming week or two.  Lassen Peak has received a dusting of snow, creating a beautiful backdrop for fall color in the national park.  GO NOW!

Tehama County (Patchy 10%-50%) Not much has changed over the past week. It’s still patchy with some foliage now blushing with red and yellow. The Sacramento River is a great place to see big stands of cottonwood and valley oak as they color up with orange and yellow, particularly in Red Bluff where Victorian homes provide an ideal backdrop for the color between Halloween and Thanksgiving Day.  Appropriately, on Nov. 1, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival occurs at the venerable State Theatre (333 Oak St) in Red Bluff.  So, even though the color is patchy, the scenery inside the State Theater should be moving.

Bigleaf Maple (10/29/14) Mike Nellor

Bigleaf Maple (10/29/14) Mike Nellor

Dogwood, Plumas County (10/21/14) Mike Nellor

Dogwood, Plumas County (10/21/14) Mike Nellor

Siskiyou County (Near Peak 50%-75%) – It’s getting as good as it gets in Siskiyou County with plenty of Fall color set before the breathtaking backdrop of snowcapped Mount Shasta. Vibrant red, orange and yellow dogwood, oaks, maple and cottonwoods populate the scenic villages of Mt. Shasta and McCloud.  GO NOW!

Plumas County hillside (10/29/14) Mike Nellor

Plumas County hillside (10/29/14) Mike Nellor

Red Oak, Plumas County (10/29/14) Jeff Titcomb

Red Oak, Plumas County (10/29/14) Jeff Titcomb

Trinity County (Patchy 10%-50%) Only patches of color are yet to be seen in Trinity County and mostly along the Trinity River and CA-299. Look for chartreuse wild cucumber which is peaking along the river and bigleaf maple and oaks dressed with yellow and lime colors.

Shasta Cascade Creeks  are alive with color (10/27/14) Mike Nellor

Shasta Cascade Creeks are alive with color (10/27/14) Mike Nellor

Modoc County (Patchy 10%-50%) The austere autumn landscape of northeasternmost California has not changed greatly in the past week, though when it does the subtle tangents of fall color and high plains provide a show unseen elsewhere in North America. Photographers who have captured it rank among the state’s greatest landscape photographers.  We give it another week to two before we’re saying it’s ready.

American Valley (10/25/14) Mike Nellor

American Valley (10/25/14) Mike Nellor

Plumas County (Peak 75-100%) Plumas County has just transitioned to full peak, which should continue for a couple of weeks.  Mike Nellor captures the bucolic charm of Plumas County in his photographs of a landscape and architecture that is most like New England, with covered bridges, signature white town churches and pastoral splendor.  This northern Sierra county’s fall color is best found by driving its backroads (often paved, sometimes gravel)  near Greenville, La Porte and Quincy (such as the American Valley, seen here, earning the title for Plumas County as CaliforniaFallColor.com’s Peak of the WeekGO NOW!

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Northeast California Moves From Patchy to Near Peak

Susanville (10/14/14) Joel Rathje

Susanville (10/14/14) Joel Rathje

Quite a bit of color developed in the Shasta Cascade this past week, with three of its eight counties now almost Near Peak.  The Shasta Cascade straddles the Southern Cascade and Northern Sierra mountains, which have shared foliage, though different wildlife.

The gorgeous photograph taken by Joel Rathje (above) shows the diversity of color now developing in the forests of northeastern California.  The Shasta Cascade’s show is more subtle and painterly with brushes of yellow bigleaf maple, rosey dogwood, burnt umber California buckeye, orange-yellow black oak, golden cottonwood, chartreuse wild cucumber, orange-red Indian rhubarb and burgundy Oregon grape.

Bizz Johnson Trail (10/19/14) Stan Bales

Bizz Johnson Trail (10/19/14) Stan Bales

Lassen County (Near Peak 50%-75%) Lassen County has begun to show vibrant yellows bigleaf maple and red dogwood. The Bizz Johnson trail is flanked with fall colors. GO NOW!

Greenville (10/14/14) Jeff Titcomb

Greenville (10/14/14) Jeff Titcomb

Plumas County (Near Peak 50%-75%) If you plan to see Plumas County at peak, don’t wait much longer. Plumas is near peak with vibrant red and yellow scattered throughout the county.  Quincy is at peak. See “Comments” for a guide to touring Plumas County. GO NOW!

Siskiyou County (Near Peak 50%-75%) With cooler weather descending into Northern California, Siskiyou County should also be at peak by Halloween.  The color is particularly impressive when set against the backdrop of snow-covered Mt. Shasta which received a few inches within the past week. GO NOW!

Anderson (10/19/14) Brittany Pozek

Anderson (10/19/14) Brittany Pozek

Shasta County (Patchy 10%-50%) Shasta County is seeing patches of red and orange throughout the county. Most trees are starting to change and, with cooler weather making its way in, they are expected to peak at the end of October. Most trees in the Anderson area are still green with patches of red and yellow.  Big changes are predicted in the next two weeks.

Aspen, Lassen County (10/14/14) Joel Rathje

Aspen, Lassen County (10/14/14) Joel Rathje

Trinity County (Patchy 10%-50%) Trinity County is almost at near peak and predicted to show in early November. The historic town of Weaverville on Hwy 299 is a favorite fall color destination, with yellow bigleaf maple and chartreuse wild cucumber along the Trinity River.

Tehama County (Patchy 10%-50%) Tehama should be at near peak by the end of the month.  River towns such as Cottonwood and Red Bluff are now having their riparian parks populated with reds and yellow oaks and willows.

Bidwell Park, Chico (10/19/14) Amanda Secrest

Bidwell Park, Chico (10/19/14) Amanda Secrest

Butte County (Patchy 10%-50%) The urban forests of Chico are almost near peak. Chico’s Bidwell Park, the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, walnut orchards along Hwy 99 and the foothill community of Paradise are prime locations to see peak around Halloween.

Modoc County (Patchy 10%-50%) Modoc County approaching near peak.  Locals are predicting it will peak in early November. Cooling temperatures have intensified early shows of vibrant yellow and red.

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Plumas County Near Peak – Go Now!

Bigleaf Maple, Greenville (10/8/14) Jeff Titcomb

Bigleaf Maple, Greenville (10/8/14) Jeff Titcomb

True to its reputation for great fall color, Plumas County leads the Shasta Cascade with the region’s first GO NOW! alert. Color spotter Lisa May sends this update, appended with additional reports from color spotters and local sites.  Also, several fall events are listed for those planning trips to the northern Sierra and southern Cascades.

La Porte Rd (10/15/14) Mike Nellor

La Porte Rd (10/15/14) Mike Nellor

Genessee Valley (10/16/14) Suzi Brakken

Genessee Valley (10/16/14) Suzi Brakken

Dogwood, Round Valley (10/8/14) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Round Valley (10/8/14) Jeff Titcomb

Bigleaf Maple, Plumas County (10/8/14) Jeff Titcomb

Bigleaf Maple, Plumas County (10/8/14) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Plumas County (10/8/14) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Plumas County (10/8/14) Jeff Titcomb

GO NOW! Plumas County (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) Plumas is definitely approaching peak. Areas around Greenville are showing vibrant yellow bigleaf maple and pastel pink to vibrant red dogwood.  Plumas County’s Awesome Autumn FB page had color spotter Emily Webb reporting on 10/11 that “Hwy 89 from the Greenville Y to the Taylorsville T is spectacular… The best fall colors being on the other side of Indian Creek. I would suggest if you are going from Quincy to stop about a 1/4 mile from the Y on 89, there is a pullout on the left hand side of the road or better yet, go about another mile, where you see the Dawn Institutes apple orchard on the left, and there is a big pull out on the right. Park at the pull out and take the short and easy hike down to the creek. The maples on the other side of the creek are like gold lace, with red dogwoods intertwining in between.”  Additionally, the site reported on 10/9 that Bucks Lake Rd., right before the summit, has turned, and it is beautiful. The deep reds, rust, and yellow.  Also, Quincy’s famous “Judge Thieler” sugar maple is now peaking (Lee Way, off Jackson St, behind the courthouse). Events:

  • Mountain Harvest Festival October 18, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy, CA. For more information call (530) 283-3402.
  • Veteran’s Day Parade & Ceremony Tuesday, November 11 Main St. in Greenville CA. For more Info call (530) 284-6633

Butte County (Patchy 10%-50%) Butte County is still feeling those warm temperatures, but with expected cooler weather coming to the Shasta cascade region, we’re expecting to see some spectacular fall colors moving in within the next few weeks. There are already some patches of yellows, oranges, and even some reds already visible in some areas around the Chico area. Events:

  • Treat Street October 31, 2014 1:00PM-5:00PM in Downtown Chico
  • 25th annual Parade of Lights October 18th 2014, 7:30PM-10:30PM IN DOWNTOWN CHICO
  • KZFR Halloween Monster Bash! October 31, 2014 7:30PM-9:30PM AT THE CHICO WOMEN’S CLUB 592 E 3RD ST. CHICO, CA 95928
Judge Thieler Sugar Maple, Quincy (10/6/14) Kevin Mallory

Judge Thieler Sugar Maple, Quincy (10/6/14) Kevin Mallory

Tehama County (Patchy 10%-50%) Though in the warmer valley there hasn’t been much change there are some non-native trees beginning to change for the fall season. Some of the Scrub oaks near the Cottonwood area seeing hints of light green and yellow. As the temperatures begin to cool we will see more Fall colors. Events:

  • ArtWalk 2014 Friday and Saturday, November 7-8 Main St. Red Bluff
  • November 1, 2014 FallFest Run-Walk Event/ Plant Sale, Sacramento River Discovery Center, (530) 527-1196
Aspen, Hwy 89 North of Truckee (10/9/14) Karen Kleven

Aspen, Hwy 89 North of Truckee (10/9/14) Karen Kleven

Lassen County (Patchy 10%-50%) Lassen is seeing some of the vibrant yellows and even some reds across the County. With the expected peak during late October and early November, don’t wait too long to come see this beautiful county during the Fall season. Events:

  • HUSA “Safe & Sane Halloween and Coffin Races” Oct. 31, 3 – 5pm, Historic Uptown Susanville, For more info call (530)257-3292.
  • Lassen National Forest “Over-Snow Vehicle Open House” Nov. 5 , 6:30pm, 2550 Riverside Dr., Susanville, seeking public input on Nation
Dogwood, Big Creek Rd (10/9/14) John Sheehan

Dogwood, Big Creek Rd (10/9/14) John Sheehan

Shasta County (Patchy 10%-50%) Shasta County is seeing lots of wonderful Fall Colors. Many of the trees are showing signs of the Fall season with shades of yellow and even some vibrant reds showing near the Redding and Anderson areas. Peak Color changes are just around the corner so hurry to witness all the remarkable Fall season in Shasta County. Events:

  • Spooktoberfest at Turtle Bay Friday, Oct 24, 2014. Admission: $5 ticket $20 Family 1335 Arboretum Dr, Redding, 96003 www.turtlebay.org
  • 23rd Annual Return of the Salmon Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery 24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Rd, Anderson, 96007 www.fws.gov/coleman/
  • Creepy Hollow Carnival October 25-26 at Historic Hawes Farms, 21923 Dersch Rd, Anderson, CA 96007. Call (530) 365-8488 for more information
Siskiyou County (10/8/14) Ashley Hollgarth

Siskiyou County (10/8/14) Ashley Hollgarth

Siskiyou County (Patchy 10%-50%) The leaves are changing and are almost at Full peak. Due to the cool nights, Siskiyou County is seeing fall colors rapidly and the leaves are already beginning to fall. Many trees are full of reds and oranges and will be at peak before you know it. Hurry and plan your trip to visit the remarkable Fall season in Siskiyou. Events:

  • Yreka’s Art Walk Fri, October 24, 5pm – 8pm in Downtown Yreka
  • 3rd annual Walk/Run for the Arts Sat, October 18, 8am – 12pm at the Dunsmuir Elementary School lower playground: 4760 Siskiyou Avenue, Dunsmuir
La Porte Rd (10/10/14) Kevin Mallory

La Porte Rd (10/10/14) Kevin Mallory

Trinity County (Patchy 10%-50%) In the Higher elevation we are seeing more changes for the Fall season. Areas around the Weaverville area are seeing some patches of yellows and oranges and will peak a full peak before you know it. Events:

  • Weaverville’s Art cruises, Saturday November 1, 5PM-8PM, at various location around Weaverville.
  • Weaverville Nine to Five and Four Hours of Weaverville Mountain Bike Races at the Weaver Basin Trails, Saturday October 18, 9:00 AM-5:00PM.
Jackson St., Quincy (10/10/14) Kevin Mallory

Jackson St., Quincy (10/10/14) Kevin Mallory

Modoc County (Patchy 10%-50%) Modoc is seeing patches of Fall color throughout the County. Yellows and oranges are seen in many different types of trees. It will be at full peak towards the end of October so hurry if you would like to catch the seasonal change. Events:

  • Alturas Veteran’s Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale Saturday October 25 9:00 AM-4:00PM at the Veterans Hall South Main St. in Alturas, CA. For Info Call (530)233-4825 or (530)640-0288.

 

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Shasta Cascade 87% Patchy

Indian Rhubarb, Plumas (10/3/14) Jan Davies

Indian Rhubarb, Plumas (10/3/14) Jan Davies

Every area of the vast Shasta Cascade region of northeast California is reporting patchy conditions with reds, oranges and yellows beginning to show among the Indian Rhubarb, bigleaf maple, aspen, dogwood, black oaks and alder.

Greenville canopy (10/3/14) Jeff Titcomb

Greenville canopy (10/3/14) Jeff Titcomb

Sugar Maple, Plumas (10/3/14) Jeff Titcomb

Sugar Maple, Plumas (10/3/14) Jeff Titcomb

Patchy  (10-50%) – Plumas County – Unlike the upper reaches of the Eastern Sierra in which some groves went from first to worst in a couple of days, there’s been little change in the Shasta Cascade.  Plumas County is a perennial favorite of leaf peepers, because of its covered bridges, country architecture and unusual foliage.  So far, there have been just spots of change.  The most pronounced colors are seen among the orange-red Indian Rhubarb that flourish beside streams.  Indicating change are orange and gold black oak leaves and yellow bigleaf maple.

Mt Shasta Ranger Station, Siskiyou (10/6/14) Brittany Pozek

Mt Shasta Ranger Station, Siskiyou (10/6/14) Brittany Pozek

Patchy (10-50%) – Siskiyou County – Fall colors are approaching near peak, as reds and yellows can be seen throughout Siskiyou County, reports Ashley Hollgarth.  Siskiyou seems to be having a staged show, as some trees are dropping leaves, while most have not yet turned.

Anderson (10/6/14) Brittany Pozek

Anderson (10/6/14) Brittany Pozek

Patchy (10-50%) – Shasta County – Local color spotters report positive change, though it’s still too early to report near peak in the Northern Sacramento Valley and lower Cascades of Shasta County.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Tehama County – Fall color is beginning to appear with cooler temperatures in the evenings, leading to intense color.  Most forests are still in the beginning stages, with spots of color, but nothing impressive, as yet.
Just Starting (0-10%) – Trinity County – Trinity County is starting to see countywide color change.  Wild Cucumber is beginning to turn chartreuse along the rivers, with bigleaf maple coloring yellow and reds and limes accenting its forests.
CSU Chico (10/6/14) Barbara Pozek

CSU Chico (10/6/14) Barbara Pozek

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Butte County – Color is vibrant, yet just ramping up toward Near Peak conditions.  Lots of green still to be seen, though red and yellow appearing.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Lassen County – Unlike the Eastern Sierra, Lassen County, which spans both the Northern Sierra and Cascades, hasn’t had much change within the past week.  It remains to develop.

Aspen, Warner Mts (10/3/14) Lorissa Sorisano

Aspen, Warner Mts (10/3/14) Lorissa Sorisano

Patchy (10-50%) – Modoc County – The aspen in northeast Modoc County have begun to color up, showing red and orange.

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Shasta Cascade Just Starting, to Near Peak

Dogwood, Plumas County (9-26-14) Jeff Titcomb

Dogwood, Plumas County (9-26-14) Jeff Titcomb

Patchy (10-50%) – Plumas County – This prime fall color destination in the northern Sierra usually peaks mid-October, though changes are already appearing.  Color spotter Lisa May reports the dogwood is nearly at peak and changing rapidly. Pinks and soft reds are predicted compared to its usual vibrant red. This weekend’s events include:

  • Fall Century Leaf Peeper Bike Rides, Indian Valley, Greenville to Genesee & Antelope Lake, Oct. 4, (530) 284-6633
  • Fall Festival, Taylorsville Grange Hall, 11 am – 2 pm, Oct. 4
  • Fall Fest, Plumas National Forest, Mt. Hough Ranger District, 11 am – 3 pm, Oct 4 (530) 283-7618
  • Smokey the Bear, Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, Courthouse lawn, Quincy at 3:15 pm, Oct. 4
  • Words & Music , Patti’s Thunder in Quincy, CA  7 pm, Oct. 4, (530) 283-3402
 
Mt Shasta Ranger Station (9/19/14) Ashley Hollgarth

Mt Shasta Ranger Station (9/19/14) Ashley Hollgarth

Patchy (10-50%) – Siskiyou County – Parts of Siskiyou County are beginning to show patches of red and yellow, reports color spotter Ashley Holgarth. Warm days and cool nights will likely lead to accelleration of the color change.  Coming events include: McCloud Bike-toberfest, Oct. 11

 
Black Oak, Shasta County (9/26/14) Lisa May

Black Oak, Shasta County (9/26/14) Lisa May

Just Starting (0-10%) – Shasta County – Color spotter Lisa May says Shasta County is just starting with  hints of yellow and lime.

Liquidambar, Whitmore (9/26/14) Ashley Hollgarth

Liquidambar, Whitmore (9/26/14) Lisa May

GO NOW! Near Peak (50 – 75%) Whitmore – Orange and red are already showing says Lisa May.  This weekend’s event is the Historic Hawes Farms Oktoberfest on Oct. 4, $10 admission,

 
Just Starting (0-10%) – Tehama County – Scrub Oaks are beginning the change with patches of lime and yellow.  Tehama County has large areas of riparian woodland along the Sacramento River that provide beautiful color.  Upcoming events include the Northern California 50th Wilderness Celebration at the Tehama District Fairgrounds.
Trinity River (9/29/14) Gabriel Leete

Trinity River (9/29/14) Gabriel Leete

Just Starting (0-10%) Trinity County – Weaverville is one of the prettiest places to see fall color in the Shasta Cascage, though it’s just starting now with some lime and yellow among the bigleaf maple.  Look for chartreuse wild cucumber along the Trinity River with full peak at the end of October through early November. Next weekend is Weaverville’s Salmon Festival from 10 to 4, on Oct. 11 530-623-6101

 
CSU Chico (9/29/14) Barbara Pozek

CSU Chico (9/29/14) Barbara Pozek

Patchy (0 – 10%) Butte County – Another fabulous place to see fall color in the Shasta Cascade is Chico, but with temperatures still in the mid-eighties to lower nineties, there’s not much color change at all, so far. Color spotters there are predicting a late October to mid November show at Bidwell Park and CSU Chico.  Color spotter Amanda Secrest of Paradise reports some trees there are beginning to turn lime and red. Join Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestral of Philadelphia on Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Laxson Auditorium (CSU Chico) for a command performance.

Siskiyou County (9/19/14) Ashley Hollgarth

View from Mt. Shasta Ranger Station (9/19/14) Ashley Hollgarth

Patchy (10 – 50%) Lassen County – Like the other areas in the Shasta Cascade, Lassen County is reporting mostly patchy yellow and lime in its forests. The Bureau of Land Management office in Chester predicts the trees to peak by the third week of October.  Next Saturday (Oct. 11) the LASSEN LAND & TRAILS TRUST’S ‘RAILS TO TRAILS FESTIVAL begins at noon at the Historic Railroad Depot in Susanville.

Siskiyou County (9/19/14) Ashley Hollgarth

Siskiyou County (9/19/14) Ashley Hollgarth

Just Starting (0 – 10%) Modoc County – California’s remote northeast corner is often overlooked by color spotters, but Paul Bach, a wilderness Ranger for the Modoc National Forest says Aspen and rabbitbrush are beginning to show beautiful color in the Warner Mountains of Northeastern California. The South Warner Wilderness in the Modoc National Forest has some outstanding groves of Aspen to view in the coming month, when it begins to cool.  An upcoming event is the Frontier Christmas Fair at the Modoc District Fair Grounds in Cedarville on Nov. 29. 

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Warm temps put Fall on hold in the Shasta Cascade

Color spotter Katie Shaw reports from the Shasta Cascade:

Butte County:

0-15%- Butte County- Colors in Butte County are not expected to change much until the end of the month, due to our unseasonably warm weather this fall.

Shasta County:

0-15% – Whiskeytown National Recreation Area- The Park is just now starting to experience fall color changes throughout the park, but Park officials say the colors should be more prominent towards the end of the month.

0-15%- Burney Falls State Park– No noticeable fall color changes in the Park until mid October.

Tehama County:

0-15%- Lassen Volcanic National Park– The Park is not experiencing any distinct color changes yet, but towards the end of the month the aspens should start showing off their yellowish/golden tones.

Lassen County:

0-15%- Bizz Johnson Trail-   Colors along The Bizz Johnson Trail are not expected to change until the middle of October.

0-15%- Lassen National Forest- Lassen National Forest will most likely not experience noticeable fall color changes until the first of October, but there are a few aspens that are showing color.

Modoc County:

0-15%- Modoc National Forest– No color changes yet but the nights are starting to turn pretty cold, so the beginning of color changes is expected in the next couple weeks or so.

Siskiyou County:

0-15%- Mt. Shasta- The Mt Shasta area is not experiencing any fall color changes yet, due to the warm weather.

Trinity County:

0-15%- Weaverville- It’s still a little too early to look for fall color changes in Trinity County.  Toward the middle of October the area really starts to swirl with color.

Plumas County:

0-15%- Plumas County- Plumas County remains to be one of the most spectacular places to witness the signs of the changing seasons! Leaf peepers have already started recording their sightings, which can be viewed on the Plumas County Visitors Bureau’s webpage.

Katie suggests stopping by the Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce to pick up a new brochure with details of great scenic drives.