If you’re not already packed up and headed for the hills, get moving! The first week of October is prime time for fall foliage in the upper elevations of Gold Country
, and right now extensive stands of quaking aspen in Hope Valley
, Donner Lake
and elsewhere in the Lake Tahoe
basin are dressed in their autumn best. The Highway 88/Carson Pass
corridor, with its string of silvery lakes tucked into a rugged mountain landscape, is a favorite haunt of hikers and photographers, many of whom hang their hats at Sorensen's Resort
, where dogs are welcome in the cozy cabins at no extra charge.
Later in the month, lower elevations will light up with fall color. Nevada City
, graced with big-leaf and sugar maples that turn bright orange and red in late October, is a picturesque destination that welcomes DogTrekkers with many paw-friendly lodgings
If time permits, a late October-early November fall color trip to Plumas County
rewards with color in special spots including the Feather River Canyon
, Lake Almanor
, Indian Valley
and the Lakes Basin Recreation Area
. The county’s “awesome autumn
” web pages includes extensive itinerary suggestions as well as a countywide fall color guide.
Some say the best of the best fall color in the West graces the slopes of the Eastern Sierra
, where the change starts high and creeps down the mountainsides as the month of October progresses. Mono County’s Fall Color Guide
will lead you to the best places for viewing, and Fido is welcome everywhere. To leaf-peep vicariously in Northern California, check out the California Fall Color
website managed by DogTrekker John Poimiroo.