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The Famous Fall Colors of the Bishop Creek Canyon 


Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Report

Updated 9-10-14

Overall Conditions
Patchy (10 - 50%)

Although color in the higher reaches of the Bishop Creek Canyon has arrived a bit earlier than were used to seeing, the difference between last week and this week was only obvious in a few areas with many areas still holding strong to the green of summer. Once you rise above the 8000ft elevation, lime green with some touches of yellow start to appear and once you get over 8500ft, the color is really starting to show in significant patches of aspen. Beyond 9000ft there is quite a bit of color but not much in the way of peak color.

Patchy (10 - 50%) - Weir Pond (9650ft)

The foliage along the road and stream is mostly green but some select braches and trees are a brilliant yellow. The hillside above and to the west of the pond is showing significantly more yellow than last week but still a ways off from what we typically see at peak.

Patchy (10 - 50%) - Sabrina Campground (9000ft)

A difficult area to grade since the color along Hwy 168 East tends to pop and peak first while the larger old growth aspen along the middle fork of Bishop Creek that meanders through the campground tend to come on later. The trees along the hwy are already well on their way with some gorgeous yellow, orange and red hues to go along with some aspen in full green not yet started. As expected, the campground has a touch of lime but very little yellow.


Patchy (10 - 50%) - Table Mountain Camp (8900ft)

There are significant patches of yellow showing here already but were a ways off from the spectacular color were used to seeing in this area in late September.


Patchy (10 - 50%) - Surveyors Meadow (8975ft)

While the colors have progressed slightly over the past 7 days, there is still plenty of green yet to turn with some bright patches of yellow crawling down the mountain.


Patchy (10 - 50%) - Lake Sabrina (9150ft)

Lake Sabrina is one location where the color is poised to really bust loose in the next week. The groves towards the inlet side of the lake are really starting to turn and the smaller groves along the east shore are as well. Mostly yellow is showing with a touch of orange, especially across from the boat landing.


Patchy (10 - 50%) - North Lake (9255ft)

Lots of variety at North Lake with some of the smaller scrub aspen near the first parking area already brilliant orange and yellow while the famous dirt road stretch looks like July still. The mountain above the lake, known for lots of orange with some red during the peak, is just now turning yellow in substantial patches. Id be willing to bet its going to be go-time for fall color at North Lake in the next 7 to 10 days if the weather holds out.


Just Starting (0 - 10%) - Steiny Loop &  Mt. Glen Camp (8600ft)

 Not much going on yet in this area, just a few small patches of brilliant yellow amongst a sea of green.


Just Starting (0 - 10%) - Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8350ft)

A few touches of yellow just to the right of the waterfall is about all that is going on at this location, by far one of the most popular stops on any fall color tour of the Bishop Creek area.


Just Starting (0 - 10%) - Aspendell (8400ft)

Some lime green starting to develop in this charming little mountain community but the vast majority of the area is nearly as green as summertime.


Patchy (10 - 50%) - Groves above Cardinal Village (8550ft)

As green as Aspendell is, its surprising that just a half mile above the community there is significant color. The trees on the slopes above Cardinal Village and Cardinal Mine to the south and east are really turning yellow fast. This is going to be one of the first go-now locations.


Additional reports from Parchers Camp, Four Jefferies Camp, Intake II, Big Trees Camp, and more in the coming weeks. As of now all of these areas at or below 8000ft are all Just Starting (0 - 10%) of peak color.

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