According to recent reports coming out of the Bishop area the aspen trees in the High Sierras are turning color much quicker than normal. In fact, the trees above 8500 feet have already reached 75 to 100 percent peak conditions. That’s the bad news for those of you hoping to see the fall colors in a couple of weeks. The good news according to the latest reports are saying that the colors this year so far are very good with lots of orange and red at the higher elevations. So, if you can’t make next week-end or would prefer to go this week-end to see the trees at their peak you now have an opportunity to do so.
Here is the plan…I will be leaving on Friday morning around 7:00 a.m. to camp at Browntown campground in Bishop for Friday and “maybe” Saturday night. After sitting up camp I will drive up to South Lake and do a bit of hiking towards Bishop Pass while taking pictures near South Lake which offers some of the best fall colors in the Sierras. On Saturday morning we will meet at the campground store around 8 a.m. and carpool up to North Lake and first take pictures. After taking pictures we will hike in the North Lake area, “probably”, either towards Piute Pass or Lamarack Lakes. Both hikes are located at high elevation, over 10, 000 feet, and involve moderate to “somewhat” strenuous hiking conditions due to the elevation and distance. Piute Pass is about 11 miles round trip and Loch Leven, is I believe around seven. Depending on who goes and the weather we might explore Humphries Basin which is located beyond Piute Pass. Because these hikes are located at high elevation and it is fall in the High Sierras you can expect very cool weather especially in the mornings at the higher elevations. Bishop this time of the year generally hovers around the mid forties while it is below freezing at 10,000 and above, “in the mornings”.
North Lake last week-end
Important Note: I have listed this as a proposed trip and may cancel the trip if there is not enough interest. Also, because of the early peak in fall colors there probably won’t be another fall color trip on the week-end of October 12th if the trip on October 5th is cancelled due to bad weather because I anticipate most of the leaves will either have fallen or the vast majority of the leaves will have turned brown or black due to the early change of season this year. I will play it by ear and may do a later hike if there are other areas in the Sierras where the aspen trees are peaking. Finally, if you would like to read some of the reports about the fall colors in the High Sierras I recommend checking out the following website which is located at http://www.californiafallcolor.com/
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