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Aspendell: Color Survivor

Mon ,20/10/2014
Aspendell (10/20/14) Steve Wolfe

Aspendell (10/20/14) Steve Wolfe

Color spotter Steve Wolfe reports that aspen in the small Bishop Creek Canyon (Eastern Sierra) town of Aspendell and its surrounding area  “survived this past week’s wind and are still pretty full, at peak and a bit beyond.”

A plus is that green is still showing here and there, indicating that the color will last another few days.  We suggest readers compare these shots to those Steve provided last week, to see how much it has changed.

East of Aspendell (10/20/14) Steve Wolfe

East of Aspendell (10/20/14) Steve Wolfe

Steve concludes that “Aspendell is definitely the place to go for what remains of spectacular fall colors” up Bishop Creek Canyon.

Redwoods Ablaze With Color

Mon ,20/10/2014
Eel River (10/17/14) mlhradio, Flickr Creative Commons

Eel River (unknown date) mlhradio, Flickr Creative Commons

The Save The Redwoods League reported on its Facebook page this past Friday that “the redwood forest is ablaze with color.”

So, we called color spotter Grant Roden at Elk Meadow Cabins.  Grant is a naturalist/guide located at Orick near Redwood National and State Parks.  He said the color has peaked at Elk Meadow, though he’s heard that spots along The Redwood Highway (U.S. 101) are peaking, as this photo from the Save The Redwoods League website shows.

Because the elevations in the North Coast are consistent, the color descends much as it does in New England, by latitude along the coast starting at Del Norte County, then descending to Humboldt and eventually Mendocino County. North Coast vineyards, of course, go off on their own schedule by grape variety, and many are peaking, now.

Elk Rut, Elk Meadow Cabins (File Photo) Rick E Martin

Elk Rut, Elk Meadow Cabins (File Photo) Rick E Martin

Grant said the elk rut, this past September, was one of the most spectacular in recent memory.  He said he could hardly get out the Elk Meadow Cabins front office door for the battles occurring between bull elk on the lawn surrounding the lodge. The rut is one of the most colorful, fascinating and exciting wildlife events to occur annually in California.  It’s certainly worth planning a trip to see, next September.

Also of note is that the return of moist weather to the North Coast has become an unexpected attraction, with drought-parched Californians reveling in the rain.

The Redwood Highway (Peak – 75 – 100%) - We’re asking North Coast spotters to confirm this report by sending photos.

Redwood National and State Parks (Past Peak) – YOU MISSED IT!

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Lake Gregory Cleans Up Good

Mon ,20/10/2014
Lake Gregory Water Slides (10/19/14) Michelle Fox

Lake Gregory Water Slides (10/19/14) Michelle Fox

Lake Gregory (10/19/14) Michelle Fox

Lake Gregory (10/19/14) Michelle Fox

Lake Gregory (10/19/14) Michelle Fox

Lake Gregory (10/19/14) Michelle Fox

Volunteers cleaned up Lake Gregory's shoreline this past weekend (10/19/14) Michelle Fox

Volunteers cleaned up Lake Gregory’s shoreline this past weekend (10/19/14) Michelle Fox

We received a comment from Cindy, a color spotter, that she was disappointed with the color to be seen at Lake Gregory this past weekend, reporting that it didn’t match the rest of the San  Bernardino Mountain’s peak billing.

So, we investigated, communicating with Michelle Fox at Lake Gregory who provides these photos.  A group of local volunteers were at the lake doing a volunteer, end-of-summer,  shore cleanup when Michelle photographed the scene.  Bravo to all those who volunteered their Sunday to keep Lake Gregory pristine.

Michelle agrees that the color will continue to develop (weather permitting), whereas other areas of the San Bernardino mountains have been shown as peaking, perhaps because Lake Gregory is one of the lower elevations in the mountains.  Still, it’s a beautiful place with delicate color.

Lake Gregory (Patchy – 10 – 50%) - Oaks and other deciduous trees surrounding the lake have been slowly developing their color since first reported on Oct. 5.  Unlike higher elevations in the San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Gregory has not neared peak and will continue to develop color in coming weeks.

Lake Hemet (Just Starting – 0 – 10%) - A report from Lake Hemet states that little color has yet developed in the San Jacinto Mountains.  On the basis of that report, we’ve downgraded the San Jacintos and ranges to the south, to Just Starting. Reports and photos from the San Jacintos, Mt. Laguna, Julian and Mt. Palomar are appreciated.

Good Advice

Sun ,19/10/2014
Autumn Sunset, San Bernardino Mountains (10/19/14) Nick Barnhart

Autumn Sunset, San Bernardino Mountains (10/19/14) Nick Barnhart

The Los Angeles Times, took our advice and recommended trips this past weekend to the San Bernardino Mountains.  Turns out, it was good advice, as evidenced by the spectacular shot that Nick Barnhart captured.

CLICK HERE for a link to the LA Times’ article.

Her Hardest Hue to Hold

Sun ,19/10/2014
Aspendell (10/19/14) Steve Wolfe

Aspendell (10/19/14) Steve Wolfe

Color spotter Steve Wolfe reports from the Eastern Sierra that this weekend was glorious, though he worries that wind predicted for tomorrow will strip what little is left in Bishop Creek Canyon.

A mix of color is seen in and around Aspendell and S. Bishop Creek (10/19/14) Steve Wolfe

A mix of color is seen in and around Aspendell and S. Bishop Creek (10/19/14) Steve Wolfe

Steve was at Aspendell today and caught these lovely images.  He notes, as Jared Smith did last week, that the area around Aspendell is both at peak and past peak, though on the main road through Aspendell there’s still green among the aspen, meaning that color change will continue to develop for a week or two.

It’s a mix of patchy color with yellow, orange and leafless stands.  The color is lasting a week longer than usual.  “Even around the tiny burg of South Fork Bishop Creek there are pockets of bright yellow aspen with this photo taken about a mile up the road.” If you’re in the area, GO NOW!  As, Monday’s wind will likely strip what color remains.

Tahoe Glittering Gold

Sun ,19/10/2014
Lake Tahoe (10/18/14) Kimberly Kofala

Lake Tahoe (10/18/14) Kimberly Kofala

Lake Tahoe (Peak – 75 – 100%) – Color spotter Kimberly Kofala reports Lake Tahoe is glittering with gold. GO NOW!

June Lakes Hangin’ in There, Mammoth Lakes Spotty

Thu ,16/10/2014
Lee Vining (10/16/14) Arya Degenhardt

Lee Vining (10/16/14) Arya Degenhardt

UPDATED 10/17 - This week’s wind has stripped some fully changed stands of trees of their leaves at elevations below 7,500′ in the Eastern Sierra, though if your plans were to head to June Lake this weekend, you should still see lots of bright color at those elevations.

Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos writes, “many of the groves and trees survived the wind. Higher elevations (8500’+) were hardest hit and are pretty much past peak now.  However, many areas below 8500’ are still glowing and beautiful and ready for the paparazzi!

“Lower Lundy Lake Road, Lower Rock Creek Road and multi-use trail, the lower section of Rock Creek Road above Tom’s Place, lower Tioga Pass Road/Hwy. 120,  Little Walker Lake (north of June Lake Loop/Hwy. 158) will all be great spots this weekend.  The June Lake Loop/Hwy. 158 is “patchy” overall with vibrant color in spots, areas that are still green, and areas that are past peak – it’s a real mixed bag, but fall color reporters in the June Lake area say come NOW as there is plenty of color!

“‘Patchy’ is a good way to describe Conway Summit and places near Bridgeport like Summers Meadow off Green Creek Road, as well, while the West Walker River banks in Walker and Coleville is really just starting!   All in all, despite the windy hours of yesterday, it will be a lovely weekend for foliage followers.”

Mammoth Lakes Basin (10/6/14) Lara Kaylor

Mammoth Lakes Basin (10/16/14) Lara Kaylor

Mammoth Lakes (10/16/14) Lara Kaylor

Mammoth Lakes (10/16/14) Lara Kaylor

Mammoth Lakes (10/16/14) Lara Kaylor

Mammoth Lakes (10/16/14) Lara Kaylor

Lara Kaylor (Mammoth Lakes) adds that bright color can be found along the Old Mammoth Road and Old Mammoth neighborhood.  Green and lime trees in town mean color will continue to develop in spots for the next two weeks.

Steve Wolfe adds, “There’s some at-peak color below the town of South Fork Bishop Creek, also at the lake below Aspendell — and when I checked, Lundy Canyon was at-peak — and trying valiantly to hold on to its leaves. There are still sections on the June Lake Loop that are at- and after peak, particularly the section of Rush Creek between Silver and Grant Lakes. Remnants remain at the “aspen meadow” at Conway Summit, but more wind is forecast for the eastern Sierra — so GO NOW!

Mammoth Lakes and June Lakes (Peak – 75 – 100%) – Bright yellow is still to be seen at Mammoth Lakes and June Lakes in stands that were not stripped of leaves. GO NOW!

Aspendell (10/16/14) Steve Wolfe.

Aspendell (10/16/14) Steve Wolfe.

Bishop Creek Canyon (Peak 75 – 100% and Past Peak) - Spots of brilliant color can still be found at Aspendell.  GO NOW!

Bishop Creek – Gone With The Wind

Wed ,15/10/2014
Remembering Lake Sabrina at Peak (10/1/14) Jared Smith

Remembering Lake Sabrina at Peak Two Weeks Ago (10/1/14) Jared Smith

“Two days of wind was all it took to strip the vast majority of aspen in the higher reaches of Bishop Creek Canyon,” color spotter Jared Smith writes on his last report of autumn.  Parchers Resort closes for the season on Sunday (Oct. 19) and with its shuttering, Jared’s reports come to a close.  He’s always the most diligent of the contributors to this blog, with accurate and thorough reports that have guided photographers, leaf peepers and travelers to the Eastern Sierra.  It has become a tradition here to thank him for his beautiful photographs and helpful commentary.  Here’s what he had to write, today:

Overall Conditions – Above 8,500′ Elevation – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
Overall, the weather this past month has been exceptional, so Jared wrote he wouldn’t complain for the sudden end of the show up Bishop Creek Canyon.  This year, there was ample time for folks to see the color and get some beautiful shots.  With Sabrina, North Lake, Sabrina Camp, Parchers Resort and Willow Camp almost completely stripped of leaves, there’s not much left to be seen in the higher reaches of the canyon.

Overall Conditions – Between 7,500 and 8,500′ Elevation – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
While a few areas still have some beautiful color, most notably Intake II, Aspendell and the Four Jeffries area, much of the color on either side of the canyon is past peak and/or stripped because of the last two days of wind.

Parcher’s Resort (9,260′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
Just a few small pockets of color persist in and around the resort.

Stiny Loop (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Stiny Loop (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Stiny Loop above Mt. Glen Camp (8,600′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
Still some decent color in this area but we’re definitely past the peak color.

Mist Falls (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Mist Falls (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Mist Falls and the Groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8,350′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
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.

Aspendell (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Aspendell (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Aspendell (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Aspendell (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Aspendell (8,400′) – Peak Color (75 – 100%) GO NOW!
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.

Groves Above Cardinal Village (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Groves Above Cardinal Village (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Groves above Cardinal Village (8,550′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
Just a few pockets of color is left above Cardinal.

Four Jeffries (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Four Jeffries (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Four Jeffries (8,000) – Peak Color (75 – 100%) GO NOW!
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.

Intake II (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Intake II (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Intake II (8,000) – Peak Color (75 – 100%) GO NOW!
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.

Willow Campground (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Willow Campground (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Willow Campground (9,000′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
Very little color survived the wind.

Big Trees Campground (7,800′) – Patchy – (10 – 50%) 
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 down there.

Table Mountain Camp (8,900′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
Some patchy color is still hanging around near the back of the campground but most of the color along the road is gone.

Surveyors Meadow (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Surveyors Meadow (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Surveyors Meadow (8,975′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
Just a few tiny patches of yellow are left.

Lake Sabrina (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Lake Sabrina (10/15/14) Jared Smith

Lake Sabrina (9,150′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
The fall color show is over up at Lake Sabrina with just a few select trees here and there showing any color.

North Lake (9,255′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
The wind didn’t leave much color unfortunately.

Weir Pond (9,650) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
No color is left at Weir.

Sabrina Campground (9,000′) – (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!
All of the color was stripped by the wind unfortunately.

With Jared’s final report, conditions up Bishop Creek Canyon will no longer be reported.  They, too, are now gone with the wind.  However, reports move up to June Lake and the Shasta Cascade and down Southern California.

New Discovery – Oak Glen

Wed ,15/10/2014
Oak Glenn  (10/12/14) Alena Barnhart

Oak Glen (10/12/14) Alena Barnhart

Color spotters Nick and Alena Barnhart traveled this past weekend to Oak Glen, an area in Southern California that we’ve not covered previously.

California Black Walnut (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

California Black Walnut (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

California Black Walnut (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

California Black Walnut (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Oak Glen (Near Peak – 50 – 75%) - The orchard and farming community of Oak Glen, east of Yucaipa is in the midst of harvest, with apples, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables dressing farmer’s markets. Oak Glen is nestled in the foothills below Little San Gorgonio Peak, north of I-10 on the way to Palm Springs.  The trees there are a mix of varieties, including orchard trees, natives and exotics. They’re turning along creek beds and in the fields and orchards. A confetti of lime, yellow and occasional orange/red dress their branches and hills beneath them.  In addition to the orchards and hillsides, photographing roadside farmer’s markets like Apple Annie’s provides wonderful fall color images. GO NOW!

Oak Glenn (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Oak Glen (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Oak Glenn (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Oak Glen (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

 

Liquidambar (10/12/14) Alena Barnhart

Liquidambar (10/12/14) Alena Barnhart

Oak Glenn (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Oak Glen (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Oak Glenn  (10/12/14) Alena Barnhart

Oak Glen (10/12/14) Alena Barnhart

Oak Glenn (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Oak Glen (10/12/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Wind Tonight! Color Tomorrow?

Tue ,14/10/2014
Convict Lake Resort (10/11/14) Bruce Williams/Oak Valley Photography

Convict Lake Resort (10/11/14) Bruce Williams/Oak Valley Photography

Reports from Mono County are indicating strong winds tonight.  Though, will that mean color will be gone with the wind? Mono County had a spectacular past weekend for color and peak conditions continue in several areas.  Color spotter Alicia Vennos reports a few areas of the Eastern Sierra at lower elevations have yet to turn, including: Lower Rock Creek Rd, Lower Tioga Pass Rd and Lower Lundy Lake Rd.  She will be providing an assessment which we’ll report when received, tomorrow.  Look to our Twitter feeds for the latest updates.

Rock Creek (10/134/14) Alicia Vennos

Rock Creek (10/134/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek (10/134/14) Alicia Vennos

Rock Creek (10/134/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Pie in the Sky has baked its last pie [sniff] (10/13/14) Alicia Vennos

Pie in the Sky has baked its last pie [sniff] (10/13/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek Rd. (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Rock Creek Rd. is at full peak from Tom’s Place to East Fork, three miles from U.S. 395.  GO NOW! 

Upper Rock Creek Canyon – Past Peak - Above East Fork, it’s past peak.  A sure sign is that Pie in the Sky has stopped baking pies.  They pass thanks to everyone who dropped in for a slice this past year.  Until next spring, no more pies (sniff). YOU MISSED IT! 

Lower Rock Creek Rd (10/13/14) Alicia Vennos

Lower Rock Creek Rd (10/13/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Lower Rock Creek Rd. (Just Starting – 10 – 50%) - The aspen groves that line Rock Creek south of Tom’s Place are just now turning and should survive the wind.  This hike should be lovely this weekend.  Alicia warns to look out for mountain bikes, as this is a multi-use trail.

Little Green Church at Crowley Lake (10/12/14) Alicia Vennos

Little Green Church at Crowley Lake (10/12/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Crowley Lake (Peak – 75 – 100%) - The little green church at Crowley lake is embraced by fall color. GO NOW! 

Convict Lake Resort (10/13/14) Bruce Williams/Oak Valley Photography

Convict Lake Resort (10/13/14) Bruce Williams/Oak Valley Photography

Convict Canyon (10/14/14) Alicia Vennos

Convict Canyon (10/14/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Convict Lake (Peak – 75 – 100%)  - Convict Lake Resort has beautiful fall color.  Let’s hope tonight’s winds leave it on the branches. The Canyon as a whole is at peak with vibrant colors. Color spotter Charles “JR” Porter notes the change this year has been somewhat different from the past few years. He’s seeing more yellow and brown with the green. In some areas of the canyon you will find foliage that is still green and in the same vicinity you will see leafs that have already run their course.   Stating at the bottom of the canyon you find plenty of spectacular colors as you make you way up to the lake. There is a combination of intense yellows, brilliant oranges and recently more traces of brown along the lower creek. The campground/resort section of the canyon is very close to peak.  The fall colors in this area are spectacular and are starting to show bright yellows and oranges. The foliage along the lake has increased in intensity. The shoreline is traced with a line on yellow, brown, green and orange.  At the back of the lake a dazzling ribbon of yellow is snaking its way up the lower section of the canyon. The higher elevation foliage at the back of the lake has reached it’s peak. GO NOW! 

Parker Lake (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!  June Lake Loop (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Color along the June Lake Loop is mature with red, orange and yellow.  Some areas have begun to drop leaves.  A few sections along the loop remain green and lime, though most are at full peak. GO NOW! 

Walker Lake (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Cottonwood are showing nicely gold. GO NOW! 

Tioga Pass/Lee Vining Road – Past Peak YOU MISSED IT! 

Lundy Lake (10/14/14) Jamie Lau

Lundy Lake (10/14/14) Jamie Lau

Lundy Canyon (Peak – 75 – 100%) - The Lundy Lake Rd and trail are at peak. GO NOW! Conway Summit (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Jamie Lau caught this beautiful shot of a yellow aspen-lined path at Lundy Lake, today.  who knows whether it will be there by tomorrow.

GO NOW!  Virginia Lakes (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT! 

Green Creek, Buckeye Creek, Summers Meadow (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT! 

Sonora Pass/Leavitt Meadow (Peak – 75 – 100%) - On the downhill side of peaking.

GO NOW!  Walker, Coleville, Topaz (Just Starting – 10 – 50%) - Cottonwood are lime and yellow.