Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 28, 2017

California Fall Color Updates for 9/28/17

California Fall Color has new postings for the Eastern Sierra and Plumas County

Round Valley Canyon (4,692′), Plumas County – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! bigleaf maple and dogwood showing Near Peak color in areas of Round Valley Canyon.

Eastern Sierra

A call to Jared Smith at Parcher’s Resort this morning was disheartening, at least for the moment. He reported that the snow that fell last week knocked newly turned leaves from the aspen. And, he was “not impressed” by what is left, for now.

The best areas of fall color in Bishop Creek Canyon, presently, are: Lake Sabrina (high above the lake) and at Groves Above Cardinal Village. Most of the upper areas are patchy with muted orange and gold tones. Peak color can also be found near Mono Lake at Sagehen Meadows

Eastern Sierra – Inyo County

  • Whitney Portal (8,374’) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Onion Valley (9,600’) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Big Pine Creek (7,660’) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (4,000’) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Alabama Hills (4,534’) – Just Starting (0-10%)

Eastern Sierra – Inyo County, Bishop Creek Canyon

  • Weir Pond (9,650’) – Patchy (10 – 50%)
  • Sabrina Campground (9,000’) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)
  • Willow Campground (9,000’) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)
  • Table Mountain Camp (8,900’)- Patchy (10 – 50%) – Table Mountain and Surveyor’s Meadow seem to have the best color along South Lake Road, for the moment.
  • Surveyors Meadow (8,975’) – Patchy (10 – 50%)
  • Lake Sabrina (9150ft) – Patchy (10 – 50%) to Peak (75-100%) –Peak color is seen high above Lake Sabrina in groves of aspen growing near 10,000’. However, it has not yet descended to lake level.GO NOW!
  • North Lake (9,255’) – Patchy (10 – 50%)
  • Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8,350’) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)
  • Aspendell (8,400’) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)
  • Groves above Cardinal Village (8,550’) – Near Peak (50-75%) – The stunted and weathered aspen here are normally notoriously early, but not this year. Presently, they are a deep orange color and should peak in the coming week.
  • Four Jeffries (8,000’) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)
  • Intake II (8,000’) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)
  • Big Trees Campground (7,800’) – Just Starting (0 – 10%)

Eastern Sierra – Walker River – Just Starting (0-10%)“just a little gold peaking out” among the willows and in the aspen along the canyon’s walls.


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