Where to See Fall Foliage this Weekend!

By djsheryl on October 14, 2022

Want to do some leaf peeping this weekend and get some falltastic shots for your social media? This will be a great weekend to head east! The eastern region of California is blessed with the longest fall foliage season in North America. John Poimiroo, a nature photographer and creator of CaliforniaFallColor.com says “in California, because of our extreme range of elevations, peak color can be seen in September, October, November and December. In California, if you miss peak at one elevation, just go to a lower elevation elsewhere and see it there,”

You can find out more about where the best display of fall color is currently by visiting the fall foliage map here. while peak color is at higher elevations now, the color will be creeping down the hills in the coming weeks. The following areas would be a great place to see the leaves this weekend.

The Eastern Sierra (Mono and Inyo Counties)

California Fall Color’s weekly report states, “Peak fall color has currently dropped to 8,000 in elevation in the Eastern Sierra. The best locations to see peak color still remain in Inyo and Mono Counties, though these areas lost a lot of peak color this past week above 8,500′. Conway Summit (US 395) in Mono County has been described as looking its best in recent memory, with a gorgeous mix of forest green, lime, yellow, orange and red. The Mist Falls and Mountain Glen Camp in Bishop Creek Canyon (Inyo County) are now at their best.

The Northern Sierra (Hope Valley / Carson Pass, Lake Tahoe)

According to the weekly report from California Fall Color, “South of Lake Tahoe, the Hope Valley (CA-88) has, over the past eight years, consistently peaked near Oct. 8. This year is no exception. ‘The trees along Woods Lake Road are especially striking right now, particularly just before sunrise,’ writes one color spotter.”

Yosemite National Park

CFC’s report writes, “In Yosemite National Park, the exotic Pioneer Sugar Maple, planted by Yosemite pioneers a century ago has peaked, though peak color elsewhere in Yosemite Valley will not develop until late October.”

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