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Fall Color Eastern Sierra's Weekend

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 

McGee Canyon

On the way to South Lake

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 Southern Sierra Hiking Club 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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  • Cathy

    I had a fantastic weekend.....stunning scenery, great company with lots of laughs AND I made it to the pass :) Looking forward to the next one!

    2 · October 6, 2014

    • Tony S.

      Actually 5 weeks, but who's counting!

      October 15, 2014

    • Cathy

      Well the trail Gods are not smiling on me! My pet sitter is out of town, it's forecast to be freezing up there (yes, I'm a wimp) but the real deal breaker is that my team is playing Notre Dame. Yes, I'm still going but Richard is bringing ear plugs so he can't hear me whine.....haha.

      2 · October 15, 2014

  • Kelly D.

    Thank you Bill. Another beautiful hike to put on my Favorites List,

    October 8, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Kelly. Glad you were able to join us!

      October 8, 2014

  • Leah C.

    This was an incredible weekend! Thanks for getting us there, Bill! You have taken on us on so many wonderful trips!

    3 · October 6, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Leah and thanks for the kind words.

      October 7, 2014

  • Gina

    Shawn and I really enjoyed a day of sun filled colors, great conversations, laughter and an awesome hike to boot! Thanks Bill, we appreciate another opportunity to escape the reality of our work-week lives:-)

    3 · October 6, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Gina....

      October 7, 2014

  • Maureen R.

    Thanks for organizing this trip, Bill. It was so relaxing.
    Great to discover the area and the many future possible hikes. Thanks again.

    1 · October 7, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Maureen...So glad you were able to join us.

      October 7, 2014

  • Kelly D.

    The Fall Colors were spectacular and the hiking was great!

    October 7, 2014

  • Cathy B.

    Looks like a beautiful trip!

    1 · October 6, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Good trip Bill, thanks for organizing and the ride up ther. Stunning colors again this year!

    2 · October 6, 2014

  • David B.

    I am waiting to ship a tank of crude oil in the morning for work so I won't be making it this year. I would be late. Hope to see you all soon. Enjoy for the rest of us that backed out ;) Sorry for the late notice.

    October 3, 2014

  • Trini S.

    I am so sorry that I have to back out of this hike. I was REALLY looking forward to it. I came down with an atrocious flu bug that has had me in bed the better part of the week and now my son has similar symptoms. My sincere apologies for not undoing my RSVP sooner but I still planned on going until my son became ill. I hope it's not to late for someone else to go in my place. I hope to join you all soon. Have fun.

    October 3, 2014

  • Gina

    We are not camping, so I hope to see everyone on the trail!

    October 2, 2014

  • Maureen R.

    There's a Brown's Millpond Campground just outside of Bishop, and that is NOT the campground. Just so you know.

    October 2, 2014

    • Tony S.

      See directions above in writeup.

      October 2, 2014

    • Maureen R.

      You want to head to Millpond Recreation Area, which is further on 395. As Tony indicated, the street turnoffs are listed above.

      1 · October 2, 2014

  • Denise D.

    I was just up there last weekend, and it snowed on us at 10,000 ft! But so beautiful. Have fun!!

    2 · October 2, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Hi all,

    Just found this map and guide to fall colors, woohoo!

    http://www.bishopvisitor.com/EasternSierraFallColorGuide2013.pdf

    Enjoy!

    2 · October 1, 2014

    • Gina

      Thanks! It is going to be so pretty :-)

      October 1, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Thanks Kathleen for sending us this link!

      1 · October 1, 2014

  • Lori B.

    Thanks for sharing!

    October 1, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Hi all...
    Here is an update on the Fall Colors in the Bishop area. Something to consider as you plan your hikes. Beautiful!!

    http://www.californiafallcolor.com/

    2 · October 1, 2014

  • Karen

    Bill, I'm not able to go on this hike. I look forward to joining you on another hike. Have fun. Sorry I have to miss it.

    September 30, 2014

  • Diane F.

    Have to bow out. This was going to be my last trip for a while, so I'll really miss going. I'll enjoy looking at the photos while my new knee heals. Soon I'll be able to hike without pain. Y'all have a great time.

    1 · September 29, 2014

  • Viva A.

    Sorry Bill and Tony. Could not made it because Waverly has belt testing of Taekwondo on Saturday. Thank you to organize

    1 · September 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Bill - are we sharing a group campground or do we figure camping out individually? Also, where do I meet up with you all on fri/sat, I have only hiked with the group once a year ago and would not be able to recognize you all... Finally, I will be driving from central coast Fri AM in case anyone wants to carpool. Thanks, linda.

    September 27, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Linda, Just go to Millpond Campground and set up your campsite anywhere you want and if Campground host asks you tell them you are with the large group of campers from Bakersfield. I'll be sending out updates later in week regarding hiking schedules and more specifics about camping arrangements.

      1 · September 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Bill, see you all there.

      September 28, 2014

  • Kelly D.

    Good morning Bill/ do you have a planned meeting place and time Sat. morning in Bishop yet. I will be staying at a different campground so I will be meeting up with you on Sat. morning.

    September 28, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Kelly, we will tentatively plan on meeting in Millpond campground around 8:00 on Saturday morning. I'l be sending out specifics regarding hiking schedule and other important matters Tues or Wed

      2 · September 28, 2014

  • Tom A.

    Hurricane Rachel in Baja California could bring problems for us next weekend .

    September 26, 2014

    • Tom A.

      That's... go up

      September 26, 2014

    • Gina

      I really, really want to go up Piute Pass!

      2 · September 27, 2014

  • Lori B.

    I'll wait and see...for now, I am really looking forward to joining everyone in Bishop.

    September 26, 2014

  • Lori B.

    Tom, how so?

    September 26, 2014

  • Lori B.

    Bill, I got thru to Stacy. Very nice lady! All set up. And to let others know...they only take cash there.

    September 20, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Thanks Lori...

      September 20, 2014

    • Lori B.

      You're welcome, Bill.

      September 21, 2014

  • Lori B.

    has anyone tried calling the number for the campground and actually talked to someone? I have tried twice now, and have not received a call back or talked to anyone...

    September 19, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Check my latest update email that I sent to everyone which will answer all your questions.

      September 19, 2014

    • Lori B.

      Bill, I will be bringing a trailer. That is why I have been trying to get thru. Still no luck...

      September 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So will this be camping for 2 nights?

    September 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So we will go on day hikes and come back to the same campground correct?

      September 19, 2014

    • Bill B.

      That is correct Kristy....

      September 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I always do that on iPhone. Bill - I am interested in this trip but am on the central coast and don't have 4 wheel drive. Is there anyway I can meet up with someone on Friday and ride together? I gave a honda civic. Thanks, linda

    September 16, 2014

    • Bill B.

      You don't need a 4wheel drive to go where we are going Linda. It's all pavement and a very good road....

      September 16, 2014

  • Viva A.

    Hi Bill,
    Do you think it is possible for RV at Group’s Millpond Campground? Many thanks.

    August 14, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Hi Viva, you can check by calling the campground at[masked]-5342...But, as far as I know there shouldn't be any problem at the campground....

      August 15, 2014

  • Tom A.

    Do you think a Prius will make it to that trailhead. Rocks or limbs. Or is it 4wd

    August 8, 2014

    • Bill B.

      No need for 4wd on this trip Tom

      August 8, 2014

    • Tom A.

      You going on this one

      August 8, 2014

  • Gina

    Bill, thanks for the advance warning! I'll put in a leave request next week :-)

    1 · August 8, 2014

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