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Fall Color Eastern Sierra's Weekend

On the weekend of October 5th and 6th we will be visiting the Eastern Sierras to hike, photograph and observe the yearly spectacle of the aspen trees and groves changing color. The reason I have set two dates is because of the fickle nature regarding when the changing colors peak.  If it is an early fall we will go earlier, but if we have an Indian Summer we will go later. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause for some of who like to plan ahead but I will try to lock down a date no later than 10 days from our departure. I am also taking into account  the possibility of bad weather and don’t intend to go on a weekend if there is a storm system passing through the Sierras. 

Fall Colors around and above North Lake

 

The general plan for this trip is to leave on Friday and camp in Bishop at one of the two campgrounds near the town of Bishop. Details regarding exactly when we are leaving… and… where we will be staying will come at a later date. If you do not want to camp out but would like to stay in a hotel you can make your own arrangements. If you only want to join us for the day you can meet us in Bishop on Saturday morning at a time and place that will be announced later.

McGee Canyon


On Saturday morning we will meet and carpool up to the Sabrina, South, and North Lake region which is located about 19 miles west of Bishop. After viewing and photographing the aspen groves in the area we will drive to Sabrina Lake and hike to Blue Lake. Blue Lake is a beautiful lake which involves a 6.4 mile round trip with an elevation gain of around 1300 feet. This hike could turn into a longer hike if some or all us decide to explore the upper regions of Sabrina Basin. 

Blue Lake in Sabrina Basin

At the end of the day, if time, we may go over to South Lake and photograph the aspen trees. Some of the best fall colors in the Sierras are in this area. Once we finish we will head back to Bishop, eat dinner, and go back to camp.

Sunday: I want to keep Sunday open and wait to see what the condition of the color of the trees will be near the weekend we depart.  At this time, I am leaning towards either hiking McGee Canyon which is located north of Bishop or going back up to the Bishop Creek area and hiking six to eight miles out of South or North Lake. If we go out of South Lake I would like to head towards Bishop Pass, if we go out of North Lake I am considering Lamarck Lakes. 

On the way to South Lake

If you are not sure whether or not you can go because of the uncertain dates I would suggest you go ahead and sign up so you can receive updates which will be sent only to those who sign up….If you haven’t seen the fall colors in the Eastern Sierras you are in for a treat. If we hit when the the aspen trees/groves are peaking it should be spectacular!....Hope you can join us for what has become a fun annual event….


LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY statements:

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware that Kern River Valley Hiking Club events involve risks, and could result in injury, illness, death, and damage or loss of property. The dangers include but are not limited to: the hazards of traveling in remote areas without medical services or care, the forces of nature, the inherent dangers involved in participation in sports, wilderness travel, and social activities, and the negligent actions of other persons or agencies. You agree to freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards. You further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern River Valley Hiking Club - Tulare-Kern Peakbags & Hikes from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

*** PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY *** No one in the group is a guide or in any way responsible for your comfort or safety. Please be prepared with adequate gear and supplies for the trip. Please remember that going out into wilderness has risks associated with it and you should be aware and prepared to address any changes in weather, road conditions or to look out for/avoid random acts of nature, including insects, wild animals and natural hazards. It is your responsibility to evaluate the difficulty of any activity you participate in, and decide whether you are prepared by having the experience, skill, knowledge, equipment, and the physical and emotional stamina to safely participate.

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  • Gina

    Campground & Restrooms at Convict Lake are also closed.

    October 8, 2013

  • Tony S.

    McGee cmpg was closed. All forest service cmpgs are closed incl bathrooms at trailheads.

    October 8, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Bill, any issue up mcgee with closures? How was mcgee color? Is it peak yet? Hoping color will be left for this weekend.

    October 7, 2013

    • Dan J.

      Also did u notice if mcgee campground was open? I know many forest campgrounds are close d but also some consession ones are open.

      October 8, 2013

    • Bill B.

      I did notice there were no people camping at the campground Dan but wasn't sure it was due to it being too cold or the campground was closed. We stayed at Millpond which is a private campground located about five miles north of Bishop. It's a nice campground with showers and grass.

      October 8, 2013

  • Leah C.

    This was a fabulous trip! Thanks for making my first real camping trip fun. Bill, thank you for taking your time to get us together and coordinating our hikes.

    1 · October 7, 2013

    • Bill B.

      You are so welcome Leah...and...so glad you had a great time. It was touch and go with the cold weather there for one night but you were a real trooper!

      October 7, 2013

  • Gina

    The photos are awesome-such wonderful artistry you all have posted! Thanks again for such a great day, Bill.

    October 7, 2013

  • Mike

    Thank you Bill!!! Another great fun trip!

    October 7, 2013

  • Scott C.

    Thanks Bill......Wow, what a time I had with nature!!!!!

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome my "brother from another mother!"

      October 7, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Great weekend; it was really nice spending time with all of you...the colors were awesome and the hikes were great. Thanks, Bill.

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Kathleen, enjoyed you and everyone's company. The colors were fantastic this year!

      October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great week end. Thanks Bill

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Albert...Sorry we wished you and Scott today....

      October 6, 2013

  • Gina

    Shawn and I had a wonderful day with you all! Topped off with a great dinner-so nice to meet new friends!

    2 · October 6, 2013

  • Tony S.

    Great weekend Bill! Colors spectacular and good workout for my rehab.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Gina

    I will be staying at the McGee Creek Lodge, so I would like to meet everyone at the trail head. Assuming it's easy to find, would someone please confirm that...much appreciated!

    October 3, 2013

    • Tony S.

      The McGee trail head should be easy to find near Lake Crowley. If we leave at 8:00 as planned , we should be at the trail head no later than 8:30.

      1 · October 4, 2013

    • Gina

      Thanks so much Tony! We're on our way today, if we have time we'll find it. See you in the morning.

      October 4, 2013

  • Tony S.

    I talked to Bill this morning and he wants everyone coming to know it's a little colder than he thought in the morning. The wind is apparently kicking up the chill factor so consider bring an extra blanket and warm layer.
    Here is a link to the National weather Service prediction for Brown's Millpond Campground:
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.37395424057754&lon=-118.49175453186035#.Uk7csBBvDpc

    October 4, 2013

  • Gina

    I may have a conflict-is it okay to wait until Friday morning if I need to cancel?

    October 1, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Gina, don't worry about waiting until the Friday morning to cancel if you need to...

      October 1, 2013

    • Gina

      The conflict resolved itself, so I'll meet you Saturday.

      October 4, 2013

  • fmneese

    Bill, I plan to join you guys on Sat morning. Pls keep me posted on your meeting spot. Will be staying in Bishop. Thx

    October 3, 2013

  • Desire' E.

    Ok no worries, just waiting for the info and Bill may I please have your number just in case I need to call you once I leave home?

    October 1, 2013

  • Gilbert L.

    I know I'm going to kick myself, but I think I'm going to cancel

    September 30, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Yes, Gilbert you will be kicking yourself...

      September 30, 2013

  • Desire' E.

    Hey Bill what is the nameand directions to the campground just incase i want to leave earlier than the club is?

    September 30, 2013

    • Bill B.

      I'll post details tomorrow or the next day Desire...

      September 30, 2013

  • Desire' E.

    Is there anyone who lives up by Lake Isabella that would like to carpool? I have a small car thats great on gas? please let me know? MY # is[masked] ty Desire" (asap)

    September 30, 2013

  • Desire' E.

    Hey Bill so I will probably just meet up with you all at starbucks in bakersfield unless someone from up here at lake isabella where i live sends me a message that they would like to carpool and leave from up here then thats my plan....are we able to share campgrounds?

    September 30, 2013

  • zoe m.

    I wish I didn't have to work the weekend of this hike it looks beautiful. Will have to definitely go next year.

    September 30, 2013

  • Desire' E.

    Are you taking the 58 to mojave or 178 through Isabella? JUst curios since I live in wofford heights now and was curious if anyone is will be going thru the area? would like to carpool if possible?

    September 27, 2013

    • Desire' E.

      ok we are camping in bishop right and driving to the hikes? what class levels are the hikes?

      September 29, 2013

    • Bill B.

      We are camping just north of Bishop. Details will be forthcoming....The hike up Mcgee Canyon is moderate with about 1500 elevation gain and about eight to nine miles round trip.

      1 · September 29, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    Have fun... Can't make this trip... Grandsons Birthday on the 5th.

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You mentioned camping on Friday and maybe Saturday night near Bishop, with details to follow. Now that the trip is a go for 4-6 Oct, do you have any details to add for group camping?

    September 26, 2013

    • Bill B.

      I am waiting to hear back from the campground host who I called earlier. I'll post update sometime on Sunday or Monday...

      September 26, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Bill, I'm going to do my fall backpack trip through McGee. I was thinking we could join you guys that SAT hiking up mcgee, but it looks like you will be doing it a week earlier than us. Any word on when peak color is expected? Hopefully OCT 12 will still have color.

    September 22, 2013

    • Bill B.

      Hi Dan, I haven't gone on line yet to check out current conditions but with the recent cold weather I expect the colors to be peaking at the higher elevations as early as next weekend...

      September 22, 2013

  • kris

    I can only attend the second weekend

    September 21, 2013

  • David B.

    The sooner the better! Last year it got chilly on this trip! I am ready for that! I see from cori's pics its changing sooner!

    September 15, 2013

  • Ted M.

    Bill: Hopefully it turns out to be that second weekend. Really want to go but my brother decided to get married again and is now having his engagement party of the 5th. Frankly, would rather be out hiking with the group.

    September 15, 2013

  • Anabel H.

    Qa

    September 15, 2013

  • Anabel H.

    AD. A

    September 15, 2013

  • Margaret D.

    Probably an outside chance (no pun) but the trip sounds great, so we're holding a good thought.

    September 15, 2013

  • Paul

    I "might" do this trip but for the weekend 4/5/6 only.

    Not sure yet.

    September 14, 2013

  • Catie

    I can go either weekend

    September 1, 2013

  • Jill W.

    I'm already dreaming about this trip......

    August 23, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    I can do the 11th thru 13th/14th... Grandsons 1st Birthday is the 5th and I can't miss that...

    August 19, 2013

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