Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 4, 2018

California Fall Color Updates 10/4/18

California Fall Color has several new posts. Highlights include:

  • Frenchman Lake (5,588′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Bishop Creek –  color has almost peaked at the highest elevations, but there’s still great color to be seen up Bishop Creek Canyon for another two weeks. Presently, the color is peaking under 9,000′.South Fork, Bishop Creek
    • South Lake (9,768′) – Peak to Past Peak (75-100%) GO NOW or YOU ALMOST MISSED IT!
    • Wier Pond (9,650′) – Peak to Past Peak (75-100%) GO NOW or YOU ALMOST MISSED IT!
    • Parcher’s Resort (9,260′) – Peak to Past Peak (75-100%) GO NOW or YOU ALMOST MISSED IT!
    • Willow Campground (9,000′)  – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
    • Surveyor’s Meadow (8,975′)  – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
    • Table Mountain Camp (8,900′) – Patchy (10-50%)
    • Mist Falls and the Groves Above Bishop Creek Lodge (8,350′) – Patchy (10-50%)
    • Mountain Glen Campground (8,200′) – Patchy (10-50%)
    • Four Jeffreys (8,000′) – Patchy (10-50%)
    • Big Trees Campground (7,800′) – Just Starting (0-10%)

    Middle Fork, Bishop Creek

    • Lake Sabrina (9,150′)- Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
    • Sabrina Approach (9,100′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
    • Sabrina Campground (9,000′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
    • Groves Above Cardinal Village (8,550′)- Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
    • Aspendell (8,400′) — Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
    • Intake II (8,000′)  – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
    • Bishop Park Group Campground (8,400′) – Patchy (10-50%)

    North Fork, Bishop Creek

    • North Lake (9,225′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
    • North Lake Rd (9,000′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

Other Eastern Sierra Hotspots

  • Rock Creek  (8,500’+) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Josh wrote, “Wow. Just wow!” The colors are still pretty green below 8,500′ but above that, it’s stunning and made even more dramatic when contrasted against the snow-covered Eastern Sierra.
  • Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,000’+) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – -–  Colors in the Mammoth Lakes Basin are still bright and vibrant. Definitely worth stopping by Lake George, then making your way back through Twin Lakes.
  • McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – Patchy (10-50) –Not a whole lot happening here at the moment. Colors should change in the next couple of days as nighttime temps drop to the 20’s at night.
  • Convict Lake (7850′)- Patchy (10-50) – Similar to McGee Creek, this location is off to a slow start. Should pick up in the next few days. Colors are quite beautiful up high in the canyon.

See numerous photos and full detailed reports at California Fall Color


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