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.
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….
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