With fall colors still several weeks away below 4,000 feet, Tahoe National Forest officials offer scenic drives for earlier "leaf peepers" wishing to see colors through mid-October.
Highway 49 from Nevada City through Downieville to Sierra City features big-leaf maple, oak, locust and dogwood as one winds through the North Yuba River canyon.
On Gold Lakes Road in the Sierra Buttes vicinity, aspen and maple colors are at their peak, and views of and from the buttes are outstanding, said Ann Westling, the forest's public affairs officer.
Highway 89 north from Truckee to Sierraville is especially picturesque, she said with aspens, willows and cottonwoods. Expanding the drive from Sierraville west via Highway 49 over Yuba Pass provides spectacular views of the Sierra Valley.
East of Highway 89 and north of Boca Reservoir, cottonwoods, aspens and willows follow the Little Truckee River. The drive from Highway 89 through Kyburz Flat and Sardine Valley is also nice, with changing grasses, willows, cottonwoods and aspens.
On Highway 267 from Truckee south toward Lake Tahoe through Martis Valley, the gold and browns of willows and grasses contrast with the expanse of the Sierra and the deep green of the pines.
East of Nevada City on Highway 20, look for the crimson hues of dogwood and bright yellows of the big-leaf maples.
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