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California Fall Color Report

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Round Valley in late October of 2017 Round Valley in late October of 2017 Photo: Michael Morris

By John Poimiroo

Statewide Summary October 26, 2017 - Indian Summer, a spell of warm weather after the first frost, made for delightful fall color viewing in the Shasta Cascade region this past week, as Plumas and Trinity County trees were heavy with orange and yellow leaves.

California's best show was seen along the Feather River Scenic Byway and in the Plumas County seat of Quincy, where deep orange black oak and bright yellow and orange sugar maple and bigleaf maple were on display.

Peak color (black oak and bigleaf maple) was also seen along the Trinity Heritage Scenic Byway at Weaverville, Lewiston Lake, Lewiston Bridge, Trinity Center, Etna and Ft. Jones.

The Shasta Cascade is nearing being past peak, though beautiful color will likely remain through the weekend and into the following week.

Yosemite Valley black oak are now approaching peak and will show color for two to three weeks. Bigleaf maple, dogwood and cottonwood have peaked.

In Southern California, elevations above 3,000' are mostly past peak, though lovely yellow and orange was seen along Piru Creek in the Los Padres National Forest on the trail to Alamo Mountain.

Peak color has now descended to from 1,000 to 4,000' in elevation. California's vineyards are now turning color, by grape variety.

Editor’s note:  For up-to-the-minute information on California’s colorful autumn, more beautiful photos and even some videos, visit CaliforniaFallColor.com.

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