Fall Color in Southern California December 2013

Fall Color in Southern California December 2013

For anyone interested in autumn color in Southern California right now 12/18/2013, you can easily find it in just about any creek below a 1,000 ft elevation. Creeks with some flow will have more vibrant trees, sycamore trees vary in color from gold to bright rusty reds. Even a dull tree can become illuminated by backlight so you be surprised what you’ll find close to home. Some of the creeks that are known to more water then others may still be green such as many of the springs in the local mountains.

The creek shown here is located in the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains near Santa Clarita, California. Just how long will these colorful leaves stay on the trees? It really depends and can change from one canyon to the next. Temperature, exposure to wind, and the amount of water are big factors of how long the leaves linger into January. There are too many canyons to name in Southern California so I encourage you to keep an eye out as drive through any canyons or going out exploring for local gems you never really knew about!!


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2 Responses to “Fall Color in Southern California December 2013”

  1. Steve Sieren Says:

    I’ll add a few locations but since the temperature has dropped in the last couple of days, no guarantees on the color still being in perfect condition. Placertia Canyon, Topanga Creek, Las Flores Creek in Malibu, and Las Virgenes Creek are a few. I use a creek near me to find what conditions are like and use that elevation as guide, good luck!!

  2. Fall Color in Southern California 12/19/13 | Natural History Wanderings Says:

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