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Rare Fall Foliage Alert: Southern California Sees Some Color In Julian

September 25, 2009 at 8:40 AM | by | ()

See? Fall colors do exist in SoCal.

You'd be hard-pressed to find golds and reds in the palm trees during the fall in Southern California, but head one hour northeast of San Diego and you'll see plenty of leaves turning in Julian, a small old mining town.

Julian sits among the Laguna Mountains—at an elevation of 4,200 feet—making it a picturesque place to check out the foliage. It's among the few places in San Diego County that has a winter, spring, summer and fall. But Southern Californians are starved to see something other than greenery and to get some cool air, so they tend to pack the town this time of the year, which can make it seem less rustic and more touristy. You'll avoid crowds if you go during the week.

Autumn is an especially good season to check out the foliage in the orchard-filled town, since that's also apple harvest time. You're not only relegated to watching the trees from afar; you can frolic among them by going apple picking at one of the many orchards. Julian is famous for its applely goodness—apple pie, apple cider, you name it. So when you get hungry from walking all across town and snapping photos of the lovely scenery, stop at one of the restaurants to sample the locally produced fare. Nothing says fall more than leaf-peeping with a mug of hot apple cider.

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[Photo: Julian Chamber of Commerce]

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