The best road trips to see fall color in California this weekend are in the Western Sierra, where the leaves are turning at low elevations around 3,500 feet, according to leaf-spotters at California Fall Color..
Colors at high elevations in the Eastern Sierra that were must-sees in October are now done for the season.
trip 1: El Dorado County. Drive on Newton Road from Placerville to
Pleasant Valley and north to Sly Park Recreation Area, stopping at
The lake is a good place to get out of the car
and hike around to see the oranges and reds of black oaks, big-leaf
maples, cottonwood, dogwood and willows.
The loop around the lake
covers about eight miles, but you can sample part of it if you don't
want to go the entire distance. "Fall color should remain at peak
through the coming week, weather permitting," the California Fall Color
report says of the area.
Trees at nearby orchards and vineyards near the town of Camino are near peak too.
trip 2: Mendocino County. Take a spin on the Redwood Highway (U.S. 101)
where the trees alongside the roadway are near peak. From Willits and
Laytonville, "a beautiful canopy of yellow, green and orange oak trees
drapes the highway," the report says.
which received enough snow
last weekend to close the east-west Tioga Road until Friday, shows
colors from black oaks and big-leaf maples that are expected to last
For those who want to go farther, colors are
near peak in the Shasta Cascade area, particularly along the Sacramento
River and in Redding; Modoc National Forest; the Trinity River near
Weaverville; and Mt. Shasta and its surroundings.