Back roads with fall color
in or near the San Gabriel Mountains

In the San Gabriel Mountains

Pine Canyon Road [N2] from Old Ridge Route at Quail Lake Junction [SR 138] through Elizabeth Lake: valley oak, rabbitbrush, black oak, cottonwood, willow, poison oak in November

Soledad Canyon Road south side of Frwy 14 from Bee Canyon through Acton: willow

Angeles Forest Highway from Upper Big Tujunga Road [Camp Colby turnoff] to Mill Creek Summit: sycamore, cottonwood, and willow

Chilao Picnic Area loop from Visitor Center to campgrounds: cottonwood, black locust, rose in early to mid-October

Pallet Creek Road to Valyermo Road to Big Rock Creek Road to end of pavement: Lombardy poplar, cottonwood, willow, rabbitbrush, goldenrod, sycamore in mid-October

Big Pines Highway from Valyermo Road to SR 2, Angeles Crest Highway, through Wrightwood: black oak, best around Columbus Day, October 12

Mt. Baldy Road: especially the bigleaf maples at Manker Flat in middle to late October

Buckhorn Campground: the road in is lined with bracken fern, thimbleberry, currant in October

Monrovia Canyon: bigleaf maple and sycamore

Placerita Canyon: sycamore, cottonwood, willow, poison oak in October

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State Parks

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park on Highway 79, five miles north of I-8: black oak

Mount San Jacinto State Park in Idyllwild: black oak

Palomar Mountain State Park, off Highway 76, up Highway S6, left on Highway S7: bracken fern, black oak, euonymous

Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area, off Interstate 15, east Highway 138, past Highway 143 out of Hesperia: black oak

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Apple orchards

Julian in the Cuyamaca Mountains: black oak, apple trees in mid-October

Oak Glen off of Interstate 10 east of Redlands: black oak, apple trees

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In the San Bernardino National Forest

Heaps Peak Arboretum east of Lake Arrowhead Village on Highway 18; small grove of dogwoods and one of aspens in October

On Highway 38,

- Mill Creek Canyon and Forest Falls: bigleaf maple, black oak

- Angelus Oaks and Barton Flats areas: bigleaf maple, black oak in October

The Middle Control Road (dropping toward Seven Oaks from Angelus Oaks): rabbitbrush, chamise, locust, false indigo and buckwheat

SR 138 east from Cajon Junction to Lake Silverwood and Summit Valley to Mojave River Forks: ash

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City parks and botanic gardens

The Deciduous Woodland Garden at the Fullerton Arboretum

Lacy Park in San Marino: oak, ginkgo, dawn redwood, hawthorn

Lower Arroyo Seco Natural Area in Pasadena: willow, sycamore, cottonwood

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City streets

In Alhambra on Ross and Norwood: sweetgum in late November

In San Marino around the first and second weeks in December,

- on Huntington Drive between Atlantic and San Marino Avenue: ginkgo and sweetgum

- on Charlton Road: Shamel ash

In San Gabriel on Del Mar: crepe myrtle in late November

In Pasadena on Linda Vista Avenue: Chinese elms in November

In Claremont in early November,

- on Baseline Avenue between Indian Hill Blvd and Mills Avenue: boston ivy and pistache

- on Mills Avenue: redbud and sycamore

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