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The appearance of fall color here in California migrates from the north and higher elevations of the state to the south and lower elevations. So in late October, the trees in the mountain valleys of Southern California begin to turn. I headed to Oak Glen which has a nature preserve run by the Wildlands Conservancy, the same folk who run the Whitewater Preserve that I visited earlier in the year.
It’s an old apple orchard that the Conservancy bought and turned into a park. The park has some nice trails that follow the creek that runs though the park and also into the mountains south of the park. You may remember Oak Glen from the news in late 2020 due to a fire that raced though the are begun by morons setting off fireworks for a gender reveal party in a local state park.
Arriving at the parking lot, this tree’s fiery color was lit by the Sun.
The southernmost picnic area displays some fine color.
This grassy area above the picnic area is dotted with trees.
As the trail heads up the mountain south of the park, a nice overview of the valley with it’s fall color presents itself with the fire ravaged mountains to the north of the valley.
The hill trail also provides some nice vistas of the Inland Empire to the south.
Back in the valley along the creek, there are some boardwalks that snake though the changing vegetation.
Towards the end of the trail there’s a lake surrounded by trees changing green to yellow.
On the road leaving the park, there’s an old stone schoolhouse.