Fall Color Report
Bishop Creek Canyon Fall Color Report – Round Five!!
Photos & Report Updated 10-15-19
Welcome to our fifth, and last, fall color report of the season. Since we close down on Sunday, we will be gracefully bowing out of the leaf peeping business. But what a wonderful stroke of luck we’ve had with the weather this year! The early cold snap at the end of September and the wind that came with it, only dulled the earliest of the fall color and the last couple windy days haven’t done much damage leaving the majority of the aspen and willow leaves to sit in glowing splendor about as long as one could hope for. Rarely are we taking pictures of vistas with this much fall color this late into October. Many areas have groves which have already peaked and are losing leaves but wherever the early color fades, more yellow and occasional orange or red seems to fill our views to take it’s place. It is still absolutely spectacular out there right now and we’re in the zone where both the upper and mid elevations of the canyon are bursting with color.
We still have 3 cabins and 2 RV sites left with a 2-night minimum for the upcoming weekend. Give us a call at 760-873-4177 if you’d like to book your cabin and see the show for our closing weekend.
Bishop Creek Canyon Overall Color Above 8500ft Elevation – Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
Still extremely impressive in the higher reaches of the canyon. There are some specific areas (Table Mountain Camp, Surveyor’s Meadow) which were perhaps at their best last week, but there is still so much color along the road and canyon walls to consider the canyon very much in the peak zone of fall color. Some high points are the road between Parchers & South Lake, the east facing canyon walls near Willow camp, Sabrina and the North Lake Road.
Overall Conditions Below 8500ft Elevation – Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
Pretty much the whole drive up from the South Lake turnoff up South Lake Road or Hwy 168 towards Sabrina is in the peak zone. Some areas are still too green to be peak, but enough peak color dominates in the 8000ft to 8500ft elevation that now is about as good as it gets for this zone. The falls, Mt. Glen campground, Cardinal Village & pond and Bishop Park group campground just below Aspendell are looking especially exquisite.
Sabrina Campground to Sabrina Dam (9000ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
Brilliant gold and yellow all the way from the North Lake turnoff to Sabrina. The area by the entrance of Sabrina campground was earlier to peak and first to fade, but everywhere else is loaded with color.
Willow Campground (9000ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
Some of the aspen lining the road are past peak, but the canyon walls beyond the campground and the large trees lining the So. Fork of Bishop Creek are amazing. Some really nice orange hues can be seen from here.
North Lake (9255ft) – Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
One shoreline is pretty devoid of color, but the more popular views looking up canyon from the outlet are still in the peak zone. The quaint dirt road, one of my favorite spots in the canyon because the light is basically dummy proof, is there in peak autumn color for the post card photo op everyone wants to get.
Weir Pond (9650ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
The canyon wall to the west is mostly naked, but the foliage surrounding the pond is a show stopper, especially in the morning hours or mid day.
Parchers Resort (9260ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
The hillsides all around the resort are epic. Rosy orange hues and plenty of yellow.
Table Mountain Camp (8900ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
Some of the aspen are now naked here, but there’s enough color to make it worth a stop.
Surveyors Meadow (8975ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
Another area that was probably better last week, but there is a lot of peak color to see
Lake Sabrina (9150ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
The color is really lasting at Sabrina this year. Simply stunning.
Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8350ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
The aspen surrounding the waterfall are at the pinnacle of their fall color brilliance.
Aspendell (8400ft) - Near Peak (50 - 75%)
This was tough to grade because the aspen in the neighborhood along hwy 168 aren’t all that special, but the groves just below at Bishop Park Group Camp are amazing, as is the color at the south end of Aspendell near Cardinal Village Resort
Groves above Cardinal Village (8550ft) - Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
The scrub aspen are mostly toast, but the more mature aspen along the middle fork of Bishop Creek are amazing right now.
Four Jeffries (8000ft) – Peak (75%-100%) Go Now!
Lots of color variance here…gold, yellow, orange, red, green and brown.
Big Trees Campground and Forks Campground (7800ft) - Near Peak (50 - 75%)
Lots of trees turning here but the color is a little bronzey for my taste. It will be interesting to see if we get any intense yellow from here this year.
Our fall color reports are compiled weekly from mid September through early October, time & weather permitting.
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