Fall Color Report: Northern California

As a consequence of some unusually cold nights in September, it would appear that fall color has come a week or two early to much of Northern California. Along Route 299 between Blue Lake and Whiskeytown Lake, I saw quite a bit of fall color, some of it absolutely peak (particularly on the stretch of road between Blue Lake and Willow Creek. Here’s an image taken near Junction City:

As I approached Whiskeytown Lake (i.e., dropped in elevation), I saw less fall color. In the interior, most of the peak color seems to be 2,500 to 4,000 feet in elevation. At Lake Breton, for example, which is about 3,000 feet, I saw quite a bit of peak color:

Here’s some peak color at Siskiyou Lake and the Mount Shasta (the city) area: