Now is the time to take a drive and enjoy the fall colors in our area. At the lower elevations, autumn colors are at their best in mid October through early November while in the higher elevations colors peak from early to mid October. Ann Westling with the Tahoe National forest says Hwy 49 has some nice color along the Yuba River.
“If you’re going up Highway 49 and you continue to go all the way up through Camptonville, Downieville, Sierra City, that whole stretch of Highway 49 is just starting to turn beautiful Maples, Dogwoods, Willows all along the road and that is such a pretty drive with the North Yuba River right there.”
Westling says if you have time for an extended tour, Bear Valley and Old Highway 40 along the South Yuba River is filled with cottonwoods, willows and Aspens in fall colors.
“The colors are changing in the Bear Valley area and then as you drive up from Bear Valley and head up to Interstate 80, you can get off onto old Highway 40 and follow the South Yuba River and colors are very pretty there as well. You get Cottonwoods, more Willows, and more Aspens right along the river and it’s very pretty.”
If you decide to make it a weekend tour, Westling advises you call ahead to local campgrounds as many of them close for the winter as do many of the forest service offices.