Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Report
Report & Photos
Overall Conditions Above 8500ft Elevation
Near Peak – (50
- 75% - Go now!)
We’ve really seen an explosion of color over the past week
with many of the best views in the canyon rapidly
progressing from patchy color to near peak color. The higher
groves on the mountainsides are showing the most yellow and
orange with the lower lying aspen along the road a mix of
brilliant yellow and lime green. It’s impossible to know how
long the color will stick around but we’re hopeful that we
have a few more weeks of spectacular color to enjoy.
Overall Conditions 7000ft to 8500ft Elevation
The lower reaches of the canyon is showing a bit of color,
patchy at best, but deep or lime green still dominates the
landscape. It will be interesting to see if the lower lying
aspen turn as quickly as the trees higher in the canyon.
Either way, there is still a lot of color to come over the
next few weeks if the weather holds out.
Near Peak (50 - 75% - Go Now!) - Weir Pond (9650ft)
Still some green along the road and stream but the hillside
above the pond and many of the aspen along the far side of
the pond are turning very fast. I’d wager that peak color
will happen here sometime in the next week.
Near Peak (50 - 75% - Go Now!) - Parchers Camp (9260)
The color has really come on strong the past week with
about half of the aspen and willow around the camp turned or
(10 - 50%) - Willow Campground (9000ft)
Although the campground is now closed, the color is just
now starting to pop in this area. The aspen on the hillside
are turning fast while the aspen along the beaver pond,
road, by the Tyee bridge and in the campground are just now
Near Peak (50 - 75% - Go Now!) - Sabrina Campground (9000ft)
The aspen within the campground are just starting to turn
but the aspen along Hwy 168 are near peak color with some
gorgeous red and orange showing. The groves just around the
corner from the North Lake turnoff, which are just on the
other side of the campground, don’t typically exhibit any
orange or red but the yellow is pure and bright and is
showing big time.
Near Peak (50 - 75% - Go Now!) - Table Mountain Camp
Still some green mixed in but the aspen are really popping
here with the groves turning or already turned all the way
down to the stream. The view from South Lake Road is
exceptional just below the campground. Within the campground
itself there isn’t a ton of color yet but the best views are
of the mountain above it which is really looking nice.
Near Peak (50 - 75% - Go Now!) - Surveyors Meadow (8975ft)
There is still some green along the road here but the peak
color on the mountain to the west of South Lake Road is flat
out stunning already and likely to peak within the next week
to 10 days.
Near Peak (50 - 75% - Go Now!) - Lake Sabrina (9150ft)
As expected the color at Lake Sabrina went off this week
with many of the groves at or near peak. Despite some of the
lake showing peak color, I rated the color here as near peak
as there is still enough green yet to change to allow for
more color over the next week or so. Weather, most
importantly wind, is the enemy here so if conditions stay
calm the color should remain spectacular for some time yet.