San Bernardino Mountains are best pick for fall colors this weekend


The San Bernardino Mountains east of downtown Los Angeles are on the “Go now!” list for fall colors this weekend, according to CaliforniaFallColor.

As autumn colors shift to lower elevations, trees are reported at peak in Lake Gregory, Grass Valley Lake, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake.

CaliforniaFallColor says leaf peepers will find “black oak, Fremont cottonwood and pockets of aspen providing orange, buff, gold and yellow splashes of color among deep green pines.”


Another spot to visit: the town of Oak Glen, east of Yucaipa. It’s a small area with apple orchards whose leaves blend with California black walnut and oak trees.

If you visit, you can also go apple-picking in some of the orchards. For example Riley’s Farm at 12261 S. Oak Glen Road reports on its website that picking will begin Saturday for Arkansas black, pink lady and Spitzenburg varieties. You can drive a 5-mile loop around the orchards too.

Those traveling north to the Eastern Sierra will find high-elevation color spots pretty much done. High winds stripped leaves from trees at elevations above 7,500 feet in elevation, CaliforniaFallColor reports. However, color is still hanging on in Mammoth Lakes Basin and the June Lake Loop.

Farther north, trees are heading toward peak colors in Plumas County. One recommendation is a roughly 10-mile drive along California 89 from Greenville to the Taylorsville Maples that’s pretty spectacular.

For more updates and photos, go to CaliforniaFallColor