On the weekend of October 3rd through the 5th of October we will be visiting the Eastern Sierras to hike, photograph and observe the yearly spectacle of the aspen trees and groves changing color. The general plan for this trip is to leave about Friday and camp at Millpond Campground which is located about six miles north of the town of Bishop. Specific directions are described below...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 one of the days you can meet us in Bishop on Saturday morning at a time and place that will be announced later. Note: If you plan on staying in a hotel I would make arrangements as soon as possible because that is the old car show week-end and hotel's may be hard to find at a late date.
Bishop Creek Drainage
Hiking Itinerary: At this time I am going I wait to announce which specific hikes we will do. I'll post specific hikes about a week ahead of time when I know what the weather conditions will be. Right now I am leaning towards hiking to Piute Pass, near North Lake, Big Pine Lakes loop, and Convict Canyon near Mammoth. All of these hikes are in the moderate to a bit challenging category and I wouldn't recommend this trip for those not in hiking shape. At some point during the week-end we will take a trip up the Bishop Creek drainage to take pictures of aspen trees near South Lake. This is one of the best areas to see fall colors in the Sierras.
Important notes: 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…Also, depending on the weather or time the trees turn color this trip may be rescheduled. The weather can be very tricky this time of the year. Three years ago it snowed two feet a couple of days prior to the trip.
Directions to Millpond Campground: Millpond campground is located about six miles north of Bishop. Look for signs to Millpond Recreation area or County Park. Turn left off of 395 onto Ed Powers Road...than turn right onto Sawmill road. At this point drive around until you find the campground. Than look for a group of campers with tents which should be located in a grassy area somewhere in the campground. We can't reserve specific sites so we will just crowd in together along the creek somewhere.
Beautiful Aspen trees
On the way to South Lake
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