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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 111 S Use this guide to create your personal tour of some of Plumas County's most spectacular fall colors / !i~i:iiiii~ii!~ % ~ii ili i California Black Oak i iii!!!iiiiii, !, :i i iiiii!!iil i i , .... x i, '< Indian Ihhubarb Mountain Dogwood IL~~ Bracken Fern Aspen ! ii iiiii .... : ,~i~iiiiilf:~ ; . Willow !/' Chester/Lake Almanor Area Quincy/Bucks Lake Area Portola/Lake Davis/Beckwourth Lake Almanor and its magnificent views of Stately ornamental silver maples, liquid ambers, Groves of bright yellow aspen and fall fishing Lassen Peak make it a popular base camp for fall sycamores, locust trees and Virginia creeper adorn are the highlight on the short trip to Lake Davis. foliage drives. Start out on Main Street in Chester, downtown Quincy, framing its grand four-story Follow West Street north from Portola, and meander where cottonwoods and domestic maples grace the courthouse and historic homes with autumn along the unpaved west side of the lake. Back on Hwy. highway and banks of the Feather River. Miles of splendor. Don't miss the row of maples at Quincy High 70 heading east of Portola, large golden cottonwoods reddened dogwood are found east and west on Hwy. School; from there take Quincy Junction Road to frame the road as it parallels the Feather River. At 36. Turning onto Feather River Drive at the fire hall, Chandler Road for spectacular valley vistas of oak and Beckwourth, turn north onto the Beckwourth-Genesee you'll be rewarded with glowing birch and aspen along cottonwood. Then head up Bucks Lake Road, home to Road and continue after it turns to gravel into the forest roads to Warner Valley, Benner Creek and large masses of dogwood and big leaf maple, with resplendent Clover Valley. Aspen, oak, willow, Juniper Lake. East of Chester, follow Hwy. 36 to Hwy. worthy side trips on unpaved roads out of Meadow deerbrush and bitter cherry are abundant on this 32, which parallels Deer Creek. There are many places Valley. Follow the Big Creek route, and continue a few quiet drive, which can be combined into a longer to pull over and enjoy the alders, oaks and Indian miles past Bucks Lake, where there are severalloop with #8, below. rhubarb along the creek. Another great drive is into beautiful groves of aspen and creek willow. Lassen Volcanic National Park on Hwy. 89, for quaking Little Last Chance Creek/ aspen, thermal pools and stunning landscapes. La Porte Road/Cremberg Frenchman Lake Just east of Quincy, turn south on La Porte Unique formations of dark volcanic rock form an Feather River Canyon Road and drive less than a mile to the old Thompson exquisite backdrop for neon yellow aspen found on the road to Frenchman Lake north of Chilcoot. For a wide Feather River Scenic Byway (Hwy. 70) Ranch. On the left side of the road stands an from Oroville to Quincy is a breathtaking 75-mile drive enormous English maple that turns incredible shades range of colors, species and vistas, venture off-road on featuring steep rugged walls, river, unique feats of of champagne pink and deep scarlet. The steep a rewarding three-hour loop trip (approximately 35 railroad and hydropower engineering, and fall colors at 45-minute drive to the former Gold Rush town of La miles) beginning (or ending) at Beckwourth-Genesee every turn. Masses of golden oak flanked by blazing Porte is a spectacular fall color excursion that winds Road (see #7). From Beckwourth, continue past dogwood, big leaf maple, redbud and occasional aspen along canyons and meadows, crossing the Middle Crocker campground to a Y-intersection and turn right bring color to the mountainsides, ranging fromFork Feather River and passing a historic bridge, back onto pavement. Travel approximately 5 more chartreuse to flaxen yellow, all intermixed with on Hwy. 70, dazzling colors of oak, cottonwood and miles, passing the Conklin Park campground and turn evergreens. Foliage generally turns later in the canyon dogwood jump out at you from the roadway, hillsides right at the sign toward Milford. Go about 100 yards due to lower elevations. There are many gorgeous and mountaintops between Quincy and Cromberg. and make another right onto 28BN03, which eventually autumnal hikes along the river and Spanish Creek. follows Ferris Creek and Last Chance Creek. Continue Graeagle/Lakes Basin Recreation Area south toward Frenchman Lake; the route becomes 25Nll, following the lake's west shore, and eventually Indian Creek/Indian Valley Cottonwoods, willow and aspen turn yellow to returns to the paved Frenchman Lake Road that This pastoral drive follows Indian Creek, gold along the Middle Fork Feather River around intersects Hwy. 70. Have a camera handy; you'll pull beginning at the intersection of Hwys. 70 and 89, Graeagle, where golfers also can take in fabulous over often to enjoy the large stands of aspen, plus heading north toward Greenville. One side of the road foliage on the area's forest-laden courses. Take a willow, maples, cottonwood, oaks and more. has hillsides covered with orange oak, red chokecherry short drive on County Road A14, leading to the and dogwood; on the other, the crystalline waters of charming town of Johnsville and Plumas-Eureka State the stream are lined with amber willow and flaming red Park. A must-see destination for leaf peepers is over Indian rhubarb. Nearing Taylorsville, the entire valley the Gold Lake Highway into the pristine, rugged Lakes is visible at the base of Mt. Hough. Broad bands of oak Basin Recreation Area. Quaking aspen, cottonwoods and aspen descend the mountain ravines, resembling and a myriad of ground cover provide the luminous giant saffron waterfalls. You can continue the drive color that contrasts starkly against granite peaks and beyond Antelope Lake, or return to Hwy. 89 and head sparkling alpine lakes. You can spot good color along north. The road up to Round Valley Lake is worth a trip numerous hiking trails and side roads. The drive past to view large groves of dogwood, big leaf maple and the Sierra Buttes and into Sierra City continues the cottonwood, dramatic show along the Yuba River on Hwy. 49. r ) i