Experience El Dorado
In the Sierra Nevada foothills and the higher mountains to the east, fall colors can be found for months. Anywhere between late September and early December, visitors looking for showy displays of red or gold leaves will find them somewhere in the region.
Fall begins in the high country, especially in the Carson Pass, Hope Valley and Monitor Pass regions, accessible via state highways 88 and 89. Here, great hillsides of quaking aspen flame
brilliant gold, with occasional hints of orange. The dark blue highelevation skies, craggy snow-dusted peaks and greenish-black conifers offer pleasing contrasts. Typically in the high country, fall colors peak in early to mid October. Especially showy stands are located in and around Carson Pass, especially east of Caples Lake and the turn-off to Woods Lake. East of Carson Pass, Hope Valley offers spectacular displays of fall colors. A mile or two north of the resort on Highway 89, visitors will find spectacular vistas and showy fall displays near the summit of Luther Pass. Call the Hope Valley Outdoor Center,
(530) 694-2266, for firsthand foliage reports, bike rentals and recreation suggestions
Fall colors are everywhere at lower altitudes, too. The native black oak, found throughout the Sierra Nevada foothills between elevations of about 1,000 and 5,000 feet, features large leaves that turn a brilliant gold. Colors are at their best between late October and a few leaves will linger on the trees until early December. Often interspersed with dark green ponderosa pines or incense cedars, they make for great photographic subjects. Visitors traveling via Highway 50 through Placerville in El Dorado County will find fieryred displays of pistachio trees.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Hwy 49, Coloma, CA Enjoy the spectacular view along the American River as well as the many stands of colorful trees along Hwy 49 heading toward Auburn.
Partake of the country farm atmosphere. Sample a multitude of apple and pumpkin recipes at the many farms and orchards while you view the splendor of fall.
Enjoy magnificent groves of Quaking Aspen surrounding his beautiful lake/meadow. At the top of Luther Pass on Hwy 89 just off Hwy 50.
Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park
South of Tahoe City, (530) 525-7982 or 525-7232. Some of the best color in the Tahoe area can be found along Highway 89 from South Lake Tahoe to Sugar Pine Point State Park