Fall Color Report 2012
Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Report
This is our final report for the season as Parchers
Resort closes for the season 10/21/12. We thank everyone
for their feedback and look forward to next year and the
possibility of more great weather, great color and
perhaps even a longer stretch of peak fall color.
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Overall Conditions above 8500ft
The majority of the color above 8500ft is now past its
prime or gone entirely but there are still glimpses of
beauty to be had in a few groves in the 8500 to 9000ft
level, especially above Willow Camp and behind Table
Overall Conditions below 8500ft
Peak color is upon us in the 8000ft to 8500ft range,
especially near Aspendell and along the South Fork
Bishop Creek by Bishop Creek Lodge. The forecast looks
cold and breezy next week so its anyone's guess if it
will hold out but as of today, its spectacular.
75-100% - South Lake Rd above Mt. Glen Camp (8600ft)
Mostly past peak but still a lot of nice creek shots
with some yellow, orange and a little red to be found.
75-100% - Mountain Glen Campground (8400ft)
This area is right about the cutoff from peak color to
past peak. Some thick groves of old growth aspen are
really putting on a show here. Along with the Bishop
Creek Lodge area, this is possibly the finest color in
the canyon at present.
75-100% - Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek
This area is brilliant and in full peak color with lots
of yellow and some orange as well. Stunning views of
these groves this week.
75-100% - Groves above Cardinal Village & Aspendell
Its go-time in Aspendell as the aspen are putting on a
real show. Best on the middle fork.
- Forks Campground
(8000ft – 8300ft)
There is one spectacular grove of Aspen just below
Intake II and just above Forks Campground. A very unique
rock formation above the campground makes for some very
interesting opportunities for the avid photographer.
Past Peak - Table Mountain Camp (8900ft)
A few stands of Aspen left, especially if you walk into
the campground to view the grove east towards the peaks
but the majority of the aspen have lost their leaves.
- Surveyors Meadow (8975ft)
much left here, just a few trees left showing some rosy
hues and yellow.
- Willow Campground (9100ft)
Most of the color found along the roadside last week is
completely gone however there is still some great stuff
if you go into the campground and walk from there
Resort along the old road. Still some great cottonwoods
and aspen with brilliant yellow and there are a few
bright red snowberry bushes on the granite cliffs
offering a very cool contrast between granite, aspen and
Past Peak - Lake Sabrina (9150ft)
Pretty much done for the season.
- North Lake (9255ft)
Not much left at the lake but the view from above
looking down on Aspendell is still worth a Look.
All Photographs Copyright 2012 by Jared Smith,
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