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California Fall Color Report - October 12

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Beaver pond in the Lundy Canyon of Mono County Beaver pond in the Lundy Canyon of Mono County Photo: Erick Castellon

By John Poimiroo

Although high winds had tragic consequences, spreading wildfires across large areas of Northern California, they had little effect on fall color, except at the highest elevations where peaking trees lost their color.

Peak fall color will be at its best this weekend over a vast area of the High Sierra, from Bishop Creek Canyon in the Eastern Sierra, north along US-395 through Mono County, across Monitor Pass (CA-89) to the Hope Valley (CA-88).

Prime locations to see fall color in the Eastern Sierra this weekend include: (Inyo County) South Lake Rd. and Cardinal Village in Bishop Creek Canyon and (Mono County) at Rock Creek Rd., McGee Creek Canyon, Convict Lake, Laurel Creek Canyon, Mammoth Lakes, June Lake Loop, Lundy Canyon, Lower Lee Vining Canyon, Conway Summit, Summers Meadow, Lobdell Lake Rd. and Monitor Pass.

Continuing north, the Hope Valley (CA-88) is Near Peak to Peaking, and areas of the Northern Sierra along CA-89 are nearing peak with brightly colored maple lighting up the town of Quincy and flame orange Indian Rhubarb seen beside streams in Plumas County.

What is unusual about this particular autumn is that aspen are peaking individually by genetic family and not as they have in past years, by geographic area. This results in some areas having all stages of color change, from green to red, providing for beautiful and long-lasting displays, as stands of aspen and other varieties peak sequentially.

Some fall color viewers are reporting that they have never seen some as beautiful a show in some locations, such as Lobdell Lake Rd. in Mono County. However, if you hope to see peak areas, do not delay traveling, as the trees lose their leaves quickly and should be visited within days of the report of peak color.


Editor's note:  For more-detailed information visit www.californiafallcolor.com

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