Plumas County's Awesome Autumn 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 time to take in the crisp mountain air, enjoy a more quiet pace, and join in the fun at harvest festivals and other special events.
Plan to be here this fall, and don't forget your camera. Along all of Plumas County's scenic highways, you'll be treated to some of the most dazzling fall foliage in California. Special spots include the Feather River Canyon, Bucks Lake, Lake Almanor, Indian Valley, the Quincy-Oroville Road, the Quincy-La Porte Road, Round Valley Reservoir Road and the Lakes Basin. And some of the best color may be found off-road on a trail or forest service road.
You 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. Download a copy of the map and routes.
Check the "Awesome Autumn" blog on this website for up-to-date reports on fall color and the best places to find it. We post "leaf peeper" reports as soon as fall colors appears, beginning around the last week in September. The reports continue as long as the color lasts, usually through mid-November, depending on weather and elevation.
If you're planning a trip around the fall colors, please plan to check the leaf-peeper daily reports to help plan your route.