Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 15, 2014

Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Bishop Creek Canyon 10/15/14

Parcher’s Resort just published their final fall color report for the year. See photos at: Eastern Sierra Fall Color Bishop Creek Canyon. Report below.

Overall Conditions Above 8500ft Elevation
Past Peak (You Missed It.)

Two days of wind was all it took to strip the vast majority of aspen in the higher reaches of the Bishop Creek Canyon. Still, the overall weather over the past month has been exceptional so we can’t really complain. Although we will certainly miss the fall foliage, there was more than ample time for area visitors to get some beautiful shots. With Sabrina, North Lake, Sabrina Camp, Parchers Resort and Willow Camp almost completely stripped of leaves, there is not much left to see in the higher reaches of the canyon.

Overall Conditions Between 7500 & 8500ft Elevation
Past Peak (You Missed It.)

While a few areas still have some beautiful color, most notably Intake II, Aspendell and the Four Jeffries area, but much of the color on either side of the canyon is past peak and/or stripped from the wind.

Past Peak (You Missed It.) – Parchers Resort (9260ft)
Just a few small pockets of color persist in and around our resort.

Past Peak (You Missed It.) – Stiny Loop above Mt. Glen Camp (8600ft)

Still some decent color in this area but we’re definitely past the peak color.

Past Peak (You Missed It.) – Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8350ft)

The wind was especially harsh in this area and what was at peak color over the weekend is now mostly gone.  Only a fraction of the grove is showing brilliant color but it’s still worth a look.

Peak Color (75 – 100% Go Now!) – Aspendell (8400ft)

The trees in this neighborhood seem to have withstood the wind storm quite well and there is a ton of color along Hwy 168 both before and after the small community. The area leading up to Cardinal Village is also looking brilliant.

Past Peak (You Missed It.) – Groves above Cardinal Village (8550ft)

Just a few pockets of color is left above Cardinal. 

Peak Color (75 – 100% Go Now!) – Four Jeffries (8000ft)

Some of the smaller scrub aspen have already peaked and dropped but the larger trees are just now showing peak color. There is actually a fair amount of green still holding strong so it’s feasible that we may get another full week of color out of this area if the weather cooperates.

Peak Color – (75 – 100% – Go now!) – Intake II (8000ft)

This area is just on the verge of passing the peak color mark but there is certainly enough beautiful orange and yellow to garner a peak color rating. Especially beautiful is the grove above the lake in the campground.        

Past Peak (You Missed It) – Willow Campground (9000ft)

Very little color survived the wind.

Patchy – (10 – 50%) – Big Trees Campground (7800ft)

We’re really not seeing much color develop here, just some lime green. The trees here don’t look particularly healthy with some of the foliage turning from light green to brown without any yellow – perhaps the drought was just too much for the trees down there.

Past Peak (You Missed It) – Table Mountain Camp (8900ft)

Some patchy color is still hanging around near the back of the campground but most of the color along the road is gone.

Past Peak (You Missed It) – Surveyors Meadow (8975ft)

Just a few tiny patches of yellow are left.

Past Peak (You Missed It) – Lake Sabrina (9150ft)

The fall color show is over up at Lake Sabrina with just a few select trees here and there showing any color.

Past Peak (You Missed It) – North Lake (9255ft)

The wind didn’t leave much color unfortunately.

Past Peak (You Missed It) – Weir Pond (9650ft)

No color is left at Weir.

Past Peak (You Missed It) – Sabrina Campground (9000ft)

All of the color was stripped by the wind unfortunately.

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