Autumn arrived this week and the busy season has arrived for leaf peepers in California and their first citizen, John Poimiroo, who runs the California Fall Color website.

Because of our southern latitude, San Diego’s mountains are among the last to get their color; it generally doesn’t peak until November in Cuyamaca, a bit earlier in Palomar. But then again, it varies from year to year. Check Poimiroo’s website for the latest.

The Laguna Mountain Lodge and Store website — and especially its Facebook page — also generally keeps us up-to-date on the fall foliage there. On Palomar, there are several sites; it’s best to just do a search for Palomar’s status, if there’s nothing on California Fall Color.

How late can our color be? The photo here is from Mount Laguna and was taken in December 2007. A trip to see the fall (or winter) color is a great San Diego day trip.

Drives in my book that have the best foliage… Spectacular Sunrise, Jaunt to Julian and Journey to the Stars.


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