Bigleaf Maple Acer macrophyllum


Backroads with fall foliage in October and November

West to east in the San Gabriel Mountains:

Pine Canyon Road [N2] from Old Ridge Route at Quail Lake Junction [SR 138] through Elizabeth Lake

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

Angeles Forest Highway from Upper Big Tujunga Road [Camp Colby turnoff] to Mill Creek Summit

Chilao Picnic Area loop from Visitor Center to campgrounds

Pallet Creek Road to Valyermo Road to Big Road Creek Road to end of pavement

Big Pines Highway from Valyermo Road to SR 2, Angeles Crest Highway, through Wrightwood

SR 138 east from Cajon Junction to Lake Silverwood and Summit Valley to Mojave River Forks [not in San Gabriels, but has more ash trees than are found there]

Outside of the San Gabriels

Color is provided by ash, bigleaf maple, buckeye, cottonwoods, black and valley oak, sycamore and willows; berries, roses, and rabbitbrush.

Because this is fire season, you need to check to see if the roads are open:

CalTrans website for closure information for SR2 and SR 138.

County of Los Angeles for roads such as Pine Canyon, N2; Big Tujunga Road; Big Pines Hwy

County of San Bernardino San Bernardino County

Angeles National Forest, Current Conditions and Recreation Report found under Recreational Activities, not always updated

Further reading

San Gabriel Mountains Leaf Log

Pine Canyon Road

Big Rock Creek Road and Big Rock Creek Revisited: The North Slope along the Manzanita Trail


Related pages:

When to See Wildflowers in Southern California

Where for Find Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains

Back Roads with Fall Foliage in October and November

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