New Fall Color Spot: Big Pine Creek

Pine Creek Canyon (10/4/14) Scott Turner

Big Pine Creek Canyon (10/4/14) Scott Turner

It’s been there all along.  We just never got a fall color report or saw photos of Big Pine Creek Canyon until Scott Turner visited this past weekend.

Pine Creek Canyon (10/4/14) Scott Turner

Big Pine Creek Canyon (10/4/14) Scott Turner

Pine Creek Canyon (10/4/14) Scott Turner

Big Pine Creek Canyon (10/4/14) Scott Turner

Aspen, Pine Creek Canyon (10/4/14) Scott Turner

Aspen, Big Pine Creek Canyon (10/4/14) Scott Turner

GO NOW! – Peak (75 – 100%) Big Pine Creek Canyon – This hidden gem lies west of the town of Big Pine in the Eastern Sierra (not to be confused with Pine Creek Canyon, between Bishop Creek and Rock Creek).  Scott wrote,  “I wasn’t expecting much here, but I was fairly blown away. South Fork Canyon is about 50%. Along the North Fork Trail, the color is patchy until just past the second waterfall, at which point there’s a glorious grove of aspen trees at 100% peak. Every color represented. Probably the best color I saw all weekend. Getting all the way back to Second lake, with its aquamarine waters, added nicely to the color below.”

Scott plans a write up about the trail to appear in ModernHiker.com.  He mentions Big Pine Creek is popular among rock climbers and backpackers to gain access to Palisade Glacier.  Somehow it got overlooked as a location with compelling fall color.

Now, with Scott Turner’s report of fall color up Big Pine Creek, we challenge color spotters to be the first to send photographs of color up these other Eastern Sierra canyons: Whitney Portal Rd, Onion Valley Rd, Oak Creek Rd or Pine Creek Rd.

8 replies
  1. Sharon says:

    I’m new to your website but I’m bookmarking it. Your images are gorgeous. What a beautiful state we live in!

  2. Aileen says:

    This is absolutely awesome! Thanks so much from a newly transplanted midwesterner.

    A side note you may want to look into – it looks like your site/address has been compromised from a search engine perspective. If you go to google and search “fall colors california” your blog appears in the results, but the title is mangled and the engine warns that the site might be hacked.

    • John Poimiroo says:

      Thanks, Aileen. Our site is not hacked, but Google is. The problem is with their search engine, not with this website. We’ve written them about the black hat marketer trying to edge in on our search ranking, but getting Google to respond is next to impossible. We’ve done all we can to reset our site, but Google needs to refresh and has not done so for months! Bad, Google. Bad.

  3. Jessica says:

    Hi! Is June Lake at peak yet? Is this weekend a good bet for viewing fall colors in June Lake area? Also, do you have updates for fall colors in Lake Tahoe? Thanks 🙂

    • John Poimiroo says:

      Yes! We can finally report, June is bustin’ out all over. The June Lake Loop is now at near peak and gorgeous. GO NOW!

  4. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the reply! Will Lake Sabrina, Bishop Creek Canyon and Mammoth Lake Basin area still be at peak this weekend then? What is the current status for Convict Lake? Thank you very much! 🙂

    • John Poimiroo says:

      I haven’t received the latest reports. Logic says they’d be past peak, but some photographers are saying it’s glorious. Look for reports tomorrow.

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