Fall Color on Ebbetts Pass

It’s the time of year when California proves it does indeed have a spectacular autumn – in the sierras. Possibly the most picturesque time of the year, Ebbetts Pass has some beautiful spots for leaf peeping.

Dogwoods at Calaveras Big Trees State Park 2018 | Lisa Boulton

A drive over the pass is going to give you amazing photo ops, and wonderful places to get out and explore. Just take the usual precautions – make sure to always carry chains, park safely off the highway and bring warm layers even if the weather is fine when you start out.

Ebbetts Pass Fall Color 2017 | Lucia Gonzalez

If you’re posting your pics on social media, be sure to tag #ebbettspass so we can find you (and maybe even feature your photos). You will also want to tag #californiafallcolor and geolocate where your images were taken. This will help others find when and where are the best times to find the most fall color on the website (which includes a handy map).

Ebbetts Pass fall color 2017 | Barry Boulton

Of course, Calaveras Big Trees State Park located just east of downtown Arnold, with its dogwoods and black oaks, set against the rich red of giant sequoias, is one of the most picturesque places along the western end of the pass. If you’re bringing dogs, you can take them on leash on the fire roads, which will still have beautiful fall color, although no giant sequoias.

North Grove, Calaveras Big Trees State Park | Lisa Boulton

As always, when enjoying these beautiful natural spaces, be sure to leave no trace and follow these “Hop Lightly” guidelines developed by the Calaveras Visitors Bureau to keep the environment as healthy as you left it: Have fun and share your photos!