First Report: Jenks Lake and Barton Flats Rec. Area

Jenks Lake ((9/3/16) Alena Nicholas

Jenks Lake ((9/3/16) Alena Nicholas

Alena Nicholas reports exploring new areas in the San Bernardino Mountains, today, the Barton Flats Recreation Area adjacent to Jenks Lake.

This area has a variety of trees “that should be beautiful during peak season,” including black oak, creek dogwood, chokecherry, Rocky Mtn maple, bigleaf maple, white alder, black cottonwood and Frémont cottonwood. Alena says “things are just starting to turn a bit” at 6,500′ in elevation.

Frémont cottonwood, Barton Flats Rec. Area (9/3/16) Alena Nicholas

Frémont cottonwood, Barton Flats Rec. Area (9/3/16) Alena Nicholas

Barton Flats Rec. Area (9/3/16) Alena Nicholas

Barton Flats Rec. Area (9/3/16) Alena Nicholas

Jenks Lake (9/3/16) Alena Nicholas

Jenks Lake (9/3/16) Alena Nicholas

The area has several small lakes and ponds, creeks and streams.

“Aspen Meadow” is closeby. Last October, California Fall Color reported that aspen would be the first trees to recover near Big Bear Lake following the Summer’s Lake fire, and that appears to be happening, according to Alena’s report.

A ranger at the Barton Flats Rec. Area said “the aspens are about six to seven feet tall and filling in very nice.” Alena promises to “take a trip there soon, as there’re some nice meadows and streams there.”

Look for several First Reports this autumn from this color spotter, both from the mountains and lowlands.

Also, these shots again show what you can capture with a cell phone, though Alena promises to start carrying the big gun, once the color fills in.

Just Starting (10-15%) Jenks Lake and Barton Flats, San Bernardino Mountains (6,500′)

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Autumn is Events Season


Bishop Chamber & Visitors Bureau

Tawni Thompson of Bishop reminds us that September and October are prime events months in Inyo County, with history, endurance, cultural, pop, film, sport and fishing faires, festivals, days, races, ralleys and seminars.  

Here are some highlights to combine with a fall color viewing trip.

9/10 – Laws Museum Good Old Days.  Pioneer crafts, demonstrations, live music & pie auction.   www.lawsmuseum.org 

9/9-9/11 – White Mountain Double Century Bike Race.  http://ndzone.com/white-mountain-double/

9/16-9/18 – Millpond Music Festival.  www.inyo.org 

9/23-9/25 – Pabanamanina Pow Wow & California Indian Days 

9/30-10/2 – Fall Colors Car Show, Fine Art Show & Sale, Arts & Crafts Faire and Choo Choo Swap Meet at Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop.  http://www.owensvalleycruisers.com/fallcolors.htm

10/7-10/9 – Lone Pine Film Festival.  http://www.lonepinefilmfestival.org/ 

10/7-10/9 – VCMC Dual Sport Motorcycle Rally.  http://vcmc.info/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=370060&module_id=183046 

10/14-10/16 – Fly Fishing Faire.  Seminars, vendors, fly-tying demonstrations, casting, classroom and on-the-water clinics.  All skill levels welcome!  http://www.bishopvisitor.com/event/bishop-fly-fishing-faire/

10/28-10/30 – Eastern Sierra History Conference.  http://esiaonline.com/eastern-sierra-history-conference/

For travel planning info, CLICK HERE.