The Famous Fall
Colors of the Bishop Creek Canyon
Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Report
Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Report
Report & Photos Updated 10-15-14
Parchers Resort closes for the season on Sunday October 19th
so this will be my final report of the year. I would like to
thank all of you for reading my reports and supporting our
business. I hope everyone enjoyed the reports and pictures and I
look forward to another round of fall color reports in 2015.
Overall Conditions Above 8500ft Elevation
Past Peak (You
Two days of wind was all it took to strip the vast majority of
aspen in the higher reaches of the Bishop Creek Canyon. Still,
the overall weather over the past month has been exceptional so
we can’t really complain. Although we will certainly miss the
fall foliage, there was more than ample time for area visitors
to get some beautiful shots. With Sabrina, North Lake, Sabrina
Camp, Parchers Resort and Willow Camp almost completely stripped
of leaves, there is not much left to see in the higher reaches
of the canyon.
Overall Conditions Between 7500 & 8500ft Elevation
(You Missed It.)
While a few areas still have some beautiful color, most notably
Intake II, Aspendell and the Four Jeffries area, but much of the
color on either side of the canyon is past peak and/or stripped
from the wind.
Past Peak (You Missed It.) - Parchers Resort (9260ft)
Just a few small pockets of color persist in and around our
Past Peak (You Missed It.) - Stiny Loop above Mt. Glen Camp
Still some decent color in this area but we’re definitely past
the peak color.
Past Peak (You Missed It.) -
Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8350ft)
The wind was especially harsh in this area and what was at peak
color over the weekend is now mostly gone.
Only a fraction of the grove is showing brilliant color
but it’s still worth a look.
Peak Color (75 - 100% Go Now!)
- Aspendell (8400ft)
The trees in this neighborhood seem to have withstood the wind
storm quite well and there is a ton of color along Hwy 168 both
before and after the small community. The area leading up to
Cardinal Village is also looking brilliant.
Past Peak (You Missed It.)
- Groves above Cardinal Village (8550ft)
Just a few pockets of color is left above Cardinal.
Peak Color (75 - 100% Go Now!) -
Four Jeffries (8000ft)
Some of the smaller scrub aspen have already peaked and dropped
but the larger trees are just now showing peak color. There is
actually a fair amount of green still holding strong so it’s
feasible that we may get another full week of color out of this
area if the weather cooperates.
Peak Color – (75 - 100% - Go now!) -
Intake II (8000ft)
This area is just on the verge of passing the peak color mark
but there is certainly enough beautiful orange and yellow to
garner a peak color rating. Especially beautiful is the grove
above the lake in the campground.
Past Peak (You Missed It) – Willow Campground (9000ft)
Very little color survived the wind.
Patchy – (10 - 50%) -
Big Trees Campground (7800ft)
We’re really not seeing much color develop here, just some lime
green. The trees here don’t look particularly healthy with some
of the foliage turning from light green to brown without any
yellow – perhaps the drought was just too much for the trees
Past Peak (You Missed It) - Table Mountain Camp (8900ft)
Some patchy color is still hanging around near the back of the
campground but most of the color along the road is gone.
Past Peak (You Missed It) - Surveyors Meadow (8975ft)
Just a few tiny patches of yellow are left.
Past Peak (You Missed It) - Lake Sabrina (9150ft)
The fall color show is over up at Lake Sabrina with just a few
select trees here and there showing any color.
Past Peak (You Missed It) - North Lake (9255ft)
The wind didn’t leave much color unfortunately.
Past Peak (You Missed It) - Weir Pond (9650ft)
No color is left at Weir.
Past Peak (You Missed It) - Sabrina Campground (9000ft)
All of the color was stripped by the wind unfortunately.
All Photographs Copyright 2014 Jared Smith
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