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a spectacular show

The road to Frenchman Lake on the east side of the county is a prime spot to see some contrasting color. Plumas County has spectacular fall colors that dazzle year after year. Masses of burnished golds and sunlit yellows flecked with brilliant reds and rich magentas, set against the majestic greens of the mountains and the royal blue sky, qualify Plumas County as a must-see destination for nature lovers and camera buffs during late September, October and early November. The season is also a good time to take in the crisp mountain air, enjoy a more quiet pace, and join in the fun of harvest festivals and other events. Plan to be here this fall, and don’t forget your camera. Take one or more of the easy scenic drives described here, and be treated to some of the most dazzling fall foliage in California. The following self-guided tours are worth exploring. You also may want to obtain a free copy of the Plumas County Fall Color Guide, a map that outlines the best routes in the county, illustrates common species and explains why leaves change color. Pick one up at visitor information centers listed on page 10. The Feather River Canyon. Scenic Byway Highway 70, from north of Oroville to its intersection with Highway 395 northwest of Reno, offers one of California’s most glorious drives any time of year, but it is particularly stunning during the autumn season. Arrays of golden oak flanked by blazing dogwood and occasional quaking aspen ranging in color from chartreuse to flaxen yellow, all intermixed with evergreens, make the drive along the Feather River a breathtaking experience. As you head east, the oaks become sparser and the clusters


of aspen and other deciduous trees stand out among the cedar, fir and ponderosa pine. Lake Almanor Area. The lake, with Mt. Lassen looming in the background, is a scenic masterpiece year-round. Autumn brings miles of reddened dogwood on Highway 36, thickets of glowing birch and aspen along Juniper Lake Road and Warner Valley Road to Drakesbad. The meadow by the causeway east of Chester glows with hues of gold from late September through October. The Benner Creek area north of Chester is a good place to see the stunning dogwood. Another beautiful drive is along Highway 32, which parallels Deer Creek and offers many opportunities to pull off and enjoy the alders, oaks and other brilliant trees. Indian Creek/Indian Valley. One of the county’s most pastoral drives begins where Highway 70 intersects Highway 89, heading toward Greenville and Lake Almanor. The road follows Indian Creek. On one side are masses of golden oak, chokecherry and dogwood, and on the other, the crystalline waters of the stream are lined with amber willow and Indian rhubarb, which becomes flaming red. Nearing Taylorsville, the entire valley becomes visible at the base of Mt. Hough. Broad bands of oak and quaking aspen descend the ravines of the mountain, resembling giant saffron waterfalls. Near Greenville, the road to Round Valley Lake has large groves of dogwood and cottonwood that make it a worthy side trip. Quincy/Oroville Road. From Quincy, drive southwest for about 16 miles on Bucks Lake Road—also known as the Quincy/Oroville Road. If you take the Big Creek route to the top, you’ll be treated not only to some of the largest concentrations of dogwood in the county, but also to an incredible view of the valley below. Near the top there are several meadows with groves of aspen and creek willow. Coming north from Oroville, the road climbs from 200 to 5,100 feet, offering an incredible array of brilliant hardwoods, including big-leaf maples, set against the dark green backdrop of conifers. A popular, longer loop tour brings you up this road to Bucks


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