Fall Color Report: Shasta Cascade, etc.

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Northern California is not particularly well known for its fall color, but I saw a great deal of yellow and gold leaves as I toured around Shasta, McCloud falls, MacArthur-Burney falls, and along Highway 299 from MacArthur to Blue Lake this past weekend (11-3/4-12). Peak color was around the 2,000 to 4,000 feet. Above 4,000 feet, it was passed peak, as many branches stood bare of their foliage. Below 2,000 feet there were some trees at peak, but others hardly peaking at all, with the majority somewhere in between. Let’s examine some specific places.

Lake Siskiyou. The lake is surrounded mostly by evergreen trees, but there are a few deciduous specimens, which really stood out against the green backdrop. These trees were at their absolute peak last weekend:

Castle Lake. At over 5,000 feet, the splendid glacial cirque lake found itself past peak, although there was still plenty of color to gape at:

The color was mostly concentrated on the northeastern side of the lake. Other portions had very little color:

McCloud Falls. Even though this is only 3,500’ in elevation, foliage around the falls is passed peak:

Above the McCloud river is another story altogether — absolute peak there:

McArthur-Burney Falls. Same as with McCloud Falls — past peak around the waterfall, absolute peak elsewhere:

Lake Breton. Saw some of the best fall color around the lake, which was placid and reflective on a warm November afternoon:

Fall River Valley & Vicinity: Excellent fall color in these parts, although difficult to find good vantage points from which to photograph it. Peak throughout the valley, and along Highway 299 from MacArthur to Burney and beyond:

Wiskeytown Lake. There are a few trees have reached peak color, though large sections haven’t come anywhere close to reaching their absolute peak: