Why are fall colors so spectacular in Plumas County?
Plumas County’s variety of species, microclimates, and elevations ranging from 2,000 to 8,000 feet provide the unique palette for this stunning transformation. The leaves generally begin to turn in late September, peak in mid October, into early November. From creek beds to mountaintops, vibrant leaves from fiery reds to golden hues contrast brilliantly against the dark green pines and firs that dominate the landscape. The best combination for producing intense autumn colors are dry, sunny days, followed by cold, dry nights.
Kyle Merriam, an ecologist with the US Forest Service, is excited to share with you why Plumas County is the place to go for fall colors and why this year should be spectacular.
Here is a sample of some of the most common types of fall color you will see in Plumas County:
Thank you, John Sheehan, for sharing this photo of Dellinger’s Pond and the Dyrr Barn in Quincy.
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We all agree that Mother Nature is amazing, particularly in the fall with the leaves changing from vibrant greens to reds to maroons to purples, oranges and golds. It is a spectacle of color that causes us to be in awe of the transformation from season to season.
Though we consider this change magical, there is science behind the turning of colors. The variables of how this happens is many–from altitude to climate to terrain and so much more that goes into “nature’s makeover.”
The Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia, pictured below) around town is usually the first to start to change, and as you can see below we’re already seeing a ton of it turning bright red here in Plumas County.
Plumas County is a Symphony of Color for Fall
We call it Awesome Autumn because fall is a magical time in Plumas County, and there are so many reasons why it should be on everyone’s fall bucket list. The vibrant colors that blanket our Northern California county are truly a sight to behold. From fiery reds and magentas to golden hues, the changing leaves create a breathtaking show that will leave you in awe.
A Light Show of Colors
To fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Plumas County, we recommend taking a colorful path through the county. With a great variety of species due to the climate and the varying elevations, and depending on the time of month, you may witness the leaves transforming right before your eyes. Imagine visiting Bucks Lake one weekend and being surrounded by ruby red leaves, only to return the following weekend and see a stunning display of golden foliage. It’s nature’s way of reminding us of its ever-changing beauty.
Points of View
If you’re looking for fall fun and excitement, there are plenty of options for you to enjoy the fall colors in Plumas County. Whether you prefer biking along mountain trails, hiking in the hills, or exploring the lakes in a canoe or kayak, the stunning colors will never disappoint. The best part is that the views change rapidly, so you’ll always have something new to discover.
The Flavors of Fall
But the fall experience in Plumas County goes beyond just the colors. Our community truly embraces the flavors of fall. Local eateries join in on Mother Nature’s show by offering seasonal delights that will tantalize your taste buds. From pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin soup to unique drinks like Harvest Mocha and Maple Brevee, you’ll find fall-inspired treats for every meal. Start your day with a pumpkin waffle or pancake topped with real maple syrup, and treat yourself to a chewy caramel-covered apple for a midday pick-me-up. Plumas County restaurateurs know how to make your autumn experience truly delicious.
Plan Your Visit
Fall colors typically grace Plumas County from late September to mid-November, giving you plenty of time to plan your visit. With a diverse range of trees, plants, and elevations, Plumas County offers some of the best leaf-peeping opportunities in California. To make the most of your trip, check out our Fall Colors Guide for the best places to go and what to look for.
Favorite Fall Colors from Previous Years
We also love to see your adventures in Plumas County! Share your photos and fall color reports with us by emailing email@example.com. Don’t forget to include the date and location, and we’ll make sure to give you credit. For a quick share, tag us on Instagram @plumas_county or use the hashtag #awesomeautumnplumascounty.
So why wait? Start planning your fall visit to Plumas County today! With warm days and cool nights, it’s the perfect time to explore the area and enjoy local events like the Sierra Valley Art and Ag Trail, the Mountain Harvest Beer Festival, and the local scarecrow contest. Whether you’re into mountain biking, hiking, golfing, or fishing, autumn in Plumas County offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities and unforgettable experiences. Come and be a part of our Awesome Autumn in Plumas County!
Feather River Tourism Association is proud to put Plumas County on display each Autumn. We think how the leaves change colors adds to the joy of viewing the foliage. We invite you to take this journey as ecologist Kyle Merriam explains how the phenomena of leaves changing colors unfolds in this video:
- Bookmark this blog post and visit often. Regular updates will begin September 12th.
- Read our Traveler Guide: Where to See the Best Fall Colors in Plumas County.
- Choose your lodging. There are some really special places to stay!
- Learn your local leaves with the Fall Color Guide to download.
Last year was a spectacular season for peeping. Read the 2022 Awesome Autumn blog for added information, locations, and more.