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Fall Colors Explosion of Eastern California/Western Nevada My old red Jeep was making its way through the desert sage-surrounded trail, getting a little “pin... [pics] Jeeping the Fall Colors of Eastern Sierra Nevada

Fall Colors Explosion of Eastern California/Western Nevada

My old red Jeep was making its way through the desert sage-surrounded trail, getting a little “pin striping” as we poked along. For miles we could see mostly the juniper trees, pinyon pine and sage brush that eastern California and western Nevada are known for.

Then it hit us!  Like a bright light in a dark room we turned a corner and kaboom – GOLD!

Patches of Aspens light up the sage brush flats on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Stuck in this sage draw was a patch of aspen trees lit up like Christmas with yellow and golden leaves quivering in the breeze!  The contrast in color between the sage and the aspens was truly a delight.  We all stopped our Jeeps and gawked.

Aspen, known as Quaking Aspen, are famous for “trembling” in the wind.  In fact, their scientific name Populus Tremuloides means trembling (or quaking) poplar (aspen).

The range of Quaking Aspen trees in N. America.

“Quakies” are deciduous trees that drop their leaves quickly once the freezing temps hit the mountains.  So, catching the colors at peak is a bit tricky sometimes.  But here are some to delight your senses.

Enjoy the pics of fall colors:

We drove through miles of patches of Aspens to get to this destination ghost town at 10,000 in eastern CA.

Nothing like color in your mirror and your windshield

 

Can’t get better than a fall color reflection

Aspen trees are known for carvings from the first few decades of the 1900’s.

 

Picture postcard photo from Hope Valley, CA

Fall colors are best enjoyed with fellow Jeepers and friends.

What do you think?  1908, 1911, other date?

 

Finding some legal Jeep trails add to the fun of fall color chasing.

 

Friends and fall colors

 

 

Waterfall just adds to the magic of these fall colors

 

 

You should find your road into fall colors

 

 

 

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More from ModernJeeper on Aspen Trees — and if they could talk (carvings) here.

Del Albright Ambassador

Internationally published author; WorldWide ModernJeeper Abassador and 2014 Inductee of the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Del has been involved in the Jeeping Lifestyle for longer then most of us can count. His educational and mentorship programs have helped developed warfighters in the ongoing battle to keep Public Lands Open to the Public.

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