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Hope Valley Fall colors in northern California: the changing of the leaves

Hope Valley yellow leaves Fall colors northern California 3One of the most spectacular ways to welcome Autumn in northern California is with the Hope Valley Fall colors.  This area is nestled along the Highway 88 and 89 corridor and is one of the most popular destinations for leap peeping near Lake Tahoe.

While Fall offers some great weekend getaways in northern California, these Fall colors, views, and photos show why Hope Valley is one of the best places for Autumn.

Last year was my first year to see the Fall colors in Hope Valley and I loved the mix of yellow, orange, and green leaves.  This year, I had the opportunity to discover some new places to view Fall leaves and colors along the Carson river.

One of the popular spots for viewing the leaves is at Sorensens resort.  This resort is blanketed with trees and colors and offers a variety of activities year round including hiking, snow skiing (near Kirkwood), fishing, cross country skiing, bicycling, or just relaxing in the log cabins.

During this time of year, cars are parked all along the road as people of all ages come here to welcome Fall as the Autumn leaves display their golden colors.  The road along Highway 88 offers a variety of great spots to do a little leaf peeping where you can view the leaves and see the valley in full bloom.

While Hope Valley is a popular spot in the Fall, this isn’t the only place to see the changing of the leaves.  The Fall colors in Markleeville may offer some of the best views and experiences for your Autumn afternoon with a mix of yellow, orange, and red leaves as they welcome you to this small, friendly town in Alpine County.

Photos of Hope Vally California Fall colors

If you love the Hope Valley Fall colors and beautiful leaves of Autumn in northern California, this is one place everyone needs to see for themselves.

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  1. The color is just amazing! Love Fall so much.

  2. Amanda says:

    Those yellows are so bright and vibrant!

    • There are lots of yellows and oranges in the area. Beautiful trees and fantastic views. However, I like the ones in Markleeville because there are some reds there. Great little town too!

  3. Alouise says:

    Beautiful photos. Fall is my favourite season, the colours are so vivid.

  4. i love the contrast of the yellows against the greens of the pine trees.

  5. Love the colors you’ve been capturing in your fall pictures lately. Amazing!

    • Thanks Shirlene! It’s my favorite time of year and I love seeing the leaves. I may do some more photos a bit later when the leaves start turning colors around here. How are the colors where you are?

  6. Becky says:

    Gorgeous colours, I want to go there! Autumn is the best season for photography.

  7. robin says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  8. Really beautiful pics! The leaves in London are going the same way…

  9. Where are the reds? It’s all yellow.

    • Ben, most of the leaves here are yellow. There will be a few reds but the color of the leaves all depends on what type of trees are in the area. If you need some reds (and like you, I need to see some reds), you can enjoy the Markleeville photos which have some reds in there. Maybe that’s why those are my favorite! :)

  10. I consider myself an avid leaf peeper. Judging by the photos I would love to peep in Northern California’s Hope Valley. I hope to peep there someday.

  11. jenjenk says:

    wow, gorgeous!! I forget that are parts of california that actually have 4 [or at least 3] seasons! :)

  12. Beautiful! Love this area. We stayed at Sorenson’s over Memorial Day weekend, it snowed! The restaurant on site has really good hot chocolate :)

  13. Suzy says:

    I love these colors. It’s amazing how the colors can be so different state to state. Here in Denver, it seems like there are loads of oranges right now, which is all about to change with a snowstorm on the way.

  14. Beautiful photos, Jeremy! I’d never know that was California if you didn’t say so.

  15. Laurel says:

    I never would have guessed this was California either. Gorgeous photos!

  16. Love the colors and seeing a side of California I have not seen before

  17. Gwendolyn says:

    You can look at any picture, but until you actually see it, it is so beautiful. Great post and will for sure +1 your site. Thanks for the thought.

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