It’s the Autumn season again, and while we do see some leaves changing colors around us, we may find ourselves wishing we could see trees covered in red, orange, and gold leaves for miles in every direction. It would be the ultimate Fall experience! Here are some places with truly autumnal views that are reasonably close to Southern California and easy to visit for the day.
1. Stoddard Peak
This is spot is right near Mount Baldy. It includes a 6-mile, 1,000 ft-elevation hike, if you’re up for the exercise.
2. Big Bear Lake
This area provides a gorgeous view of the lake surrounded by deciduous trees that are at their peak from mid-October through November. The Woodland Trail at this location is a nice family-friendly hike that will offer the best views of the Fall landscape.
3. Grass Valley Lake
Located near Lake Arrowhead, this reservoir offers a picturesque Fall landscape of the lake and various types of trees.
4. Oak Glen
Known for its apple orchards, this spot has the most incredible collection of walnut (yellow-leaf) and oak (red leaf) trees. This is a great way to make a whole day of leaf-hunting—by including apple-picking and orchard-exploring on the itinerary!
Historically, Julian was a mining town, but it is now known for being one of the southernmost spots where you can see Fall colors. The best time to see the leaves change colors in Julian is from late October through early November. They also have apple orchards and are known for their delicious pies!