Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Report
Report & Photos Updated 9-21-16
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Overall Conditions Above 8500ft Elevation
Peak (50% - 75%)
The color has really come on since last week in the
higher elevations with many of the popular fall
color areas quickly nearing peak fall color. There
are still plenty of areas and groves that are mostly
green, but we’re certainly in the “Go Now!” zone
with enough spectacular color to keep most
photographers entertained. We have a bit of wind
forecasted to come through this week but only time
will tell if there is any affect on the color.
Overall Conditions Between 7500ft & 8500ft Elevation
Just Starting (0% - 10%)
Slightly more yellow is popping off lower down in
the canyon but overall, things are still just
starting down there.
Near Peak (50 - 75%) - Weir Pond (9650ft)
The canyon wall above the pond is mostly yellow now
and a few of the aspen around the shoreline are now
showing excellent color as well. We’re not quite to
peak yet as many of the lower lying aspen are still
a mix of green and yellow but things are currently
Near Peak (50 - 75%) - Sabrina Campground Area
The aspen along Hwy 168 are going off in a big way
right now and are at or near peak. There’s still
lots of green within the campground itself and along
the stream, hence my “near peak” rating.
Near Peak (50 - 75%) - Parchers Resort (9260ft)
The canyon walls to the east and west of the resort
are beaming with yellow, orange and rosy hues, as
are many of the aspen on the resort grounds.
Patchy (10 - 50%)
– Willow Campground (9000ft)
This area is holding onto the green surprisingly
long, which is out of the ordinary for this location
and elevation. Views up canyon from the campground
are beautiful but the campground and the aspen
lining the road and the beaver pond or mostly lime
green still. I would expect things to be much
different next week.
Near Peak (50-75%) - Table Mountain Camp (8900ft)
The mountainside just down canyon from the
campground is gorgeous exhibiting brilliant yellow
and a touch of orange. The aspen along the creek are
still mostly green but that should change within the
Near Peak (50 - 75%) - Surveyors Meadow (8975ft)
There is a lot of color showing here, but there’s
plenty of green too so this area is closer to 50%
than 75%. Still, there are some plenty of
photo-worthy views right now. Look for this to
really go off in the next week to 10 days.
Near Peak (50 - 75%) - Lake Sabrina (9150ft)
Lots of color showing at the lake, especially
towards the back of the lake and all along the
Patchy (10 - 50%) – Sabrina Approach (9100ft)
The approach to Sabrina and the small ponds below
the dam are still mostly green with just touchy
yellow. This is one of my favorite areas so I’m
hopeful that things will pick up here over the next
Near Peak (50 - 75%) - North Lake (9255ft)
We’re nearing peak color on the approach to the lake
and the groves on the mountainside above the lake
are nearing peak as well. There is still a lot of
green along the road, but things have really
progressed quickly over the past week.
Just Starting (0 - 10%) -
Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge
Still not much color happening just yet.
Just Starting (0 - 10%)
- Aspendell (8400ft)
Just a touch of yellow here and there in this
Near Peak (50 - 75%)
- Groves above Cardinal Village (8550ft)
The canyon slope from above Cardinal Village up to
Cardinal Pinnacle has tons of color and is nearing
peak color. Still, even though the hillside aspen
are glowing, there is a lot of green down near the
middle fork of Bishop Creek and surrounding Cardinal
Village so this area will be extremely scenic for a
couple weeks at least if the weather holds out.
Just Starting (0 - 10%) -
Four Jeffries (8000ft)
Nothing but a few yellow branches showing right now.
Patchy – (10 - 50%) -
Intake II (8000ft)
The aspen surrounding the lake are turning to a
light lime green but aside from that, just a few
scrub aspen on the hillside have turned.
Just Starting – (0 - 10%) -
Big Trees Campground (7800ft)
Nothing but green here right now.