It’s taken a while for fall color to develop on the Eastside, but signs are that it’s getting hotter, as seen in Ryan Prawiradjaja’s shot of aspen near Cardinal Village (Bishop Creek Canyon, Inyo County).
Carol Novacek hiked around Convict lake in Mono County on Saturday and found it not as far along as it was last year, though the difference in change in her photos indicate’s it’s getting close to peaking, since I was there on Wednesday.
At the time, only about 25% of the trees at the far end of the lake, below Mt. Morrison, had changed. In the three days since, more than half have turned yellow.
Convict Lake Trail (10/7/17) Herb Hwang
Color spotter Herb Hwang hiked beside Convict Lake to find the aspen 50/50 in lime and yellow. While, Dave Olden found the same, but noticed the lack of oranges and reds.
Convict Lake (7,850′) – Patchy to Near Peak (10-75%) – GO NOW!
Carol found Lundy Canyon, to the north in Mono County, Near Peak and “Glorious!”
Lundy Canyon (7,858′) – Near Peak (50-75%) – GO NOW!
Erick Castellon visited McGee Creek to return with these spectacular shots of peak color along the creek. The peak color starts above the trailhead parking lot. Down canyon, Near Peak and Patchy conditions exist, meaning that the show will continue for another two weeks at McGee (conditions permitting).
McGee Creek (10/7/17) Erick Castellon
McGee Creek (10/7/17) Erick Castellon
McGee Creek (8,600′) – Near Peak – GO NOW!
Color spotter Clayton Peoples was among several who reported they traveled to the Eastside, “hitting key fall color spots in Inyo and Mono Counties. Most places–particularly those above 7,000′.”
Here’s what he found:
Upper Rock Creek (9,000′ to 10,300′) – Peak GO NOW! – Similar to what is happening elsewhere, there’s a varied mix of color in the groves, though Upper Rock Creek is a consistent Peak (75%-100%). The area around Rock Creek Lake is especially stunning right now, and a short hike on the Hilton Lakes Trail provides a great introduction to the beautiful color–with Bear Creek Spire and surrounding peaks serving as an awe-inspiring backdrop.
June Lake Loop (7,654′) – Near Peak GO NOW! – There is a lot more variation here than the aforementioned locations–some groves are still sporting lots of green, while others are brimming with yellow and orange glow. As such, Clayton rates the Loop in its entirety as “Near Peak” (50%-75%), but some groves are already Peak (75%-100%). For instance, the grove along the north shore of Silver Lake has peaked, but the aspen lining the south side of June Lake are Near Peak with probably a week to go before Peak.
Sonora Pass, CA-108 (10/8/17) Robert Cherenson
Sonora Pass (9,623′) – Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) GO NOW! – Sonora Pass (CA-108) is peaking reports Robert Cherenson. He traveled CA-108 finding peak color just west of the pass, two miles east of the pass, at the Leavitt Meadows Pack Station and the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, near US 395. Spotty salmon-colored and yellow aspen grow along the West Walker River to the town of Walker on US 395.
Aspen, June Lake (10/7/17) Clayton Peoples
June Lake (10/8/17) Michael Brandt
Bishop Creek (8,000′ to 9,768′) – Peak GO NOW! – Most of the canyon has moved dramatically toward peak color, with “the Cardinal Village area is really popping right now. There is a beautiful pond on the property that is surrounded by white granite boulders and aspens–all of which are now peaking out in a vibrant yellow.”
North Lake (9,225′) – Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) – North Lake is the problem child of Bishop Creek Canyon. Some color spotters love it, while others say it is done… put a fork in it. As Xin Wang’s sunset photograph of North Lake shows, there are still many green aspen on the hillside above where the aspen are at peak. Though also in the photograph, some stands are now Past Peak. While, along the North Lake Road, it has been peaking, as seen in Peter Robbins’ shot (thumbnail below – click on thumbnail images to enlarge).
Bear Creek Lodge, S. Fork Bishop Creek (10/7/17) Kevin Gilligan
Quaking Aspen, Bishop Creek Canyon (10/7/17) Ryan Prawiradjaja
Cardinal Village, Bishop Creek (10/7/17) Ryan Prawiradjaja
Mist Falls, S. Fork Bishop Creek (10/7/17) Ryan Prawiradjaja
Pond at Cardinal Village (10/7/17) Clayton Peoples
Bear Creek Spire, Upper Rock Creek (10/7/17) Clayton Peoples
North Lake, Bishop Creek Canyon (10/7/17) Xin Wang
Table Mountain Group Camp, Bishop Creek Canyon (10/7/17) Ravi Ranganathan
Conway Summit (10/7/17) Ravi Ranganathan
Sagehen Meadows (10/7/17) Ravi Ranganathan
June Lake Loop (10/7/17) Ravi Ranganathan
Silver Lake (10/7/17) Ravi Ranganathan
South Lake Rd. near Parchers, Bishop Creek Canyon (10/7/17) Ravi Ranganathan