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Droning On

OK, Fall Color video junkies. While working on our year-end recap video, I ran across these videos of California Fall Color taken in October. All locations are past peak, though they give a glimpse of what was happening, as seen by various videographers and drones.

First up: Peter Mikuljan visited several locations in the Eastern Sierra on Oct. 14. Here’s his video of Big Pine Creek, South Fork Bishop Creek.

Peter’s take on Intake II in Bishop Creek Canyon. This area provided one of the best shows along the middle fork of Bishop Creek.

More of Peter’s crew in Bishop Creek Canyon.

And on a road trip to Aspendell in Bishop Creek Canyon:

Next: Titus Davis was in the Hope Valley in early October and got this zen-inspired video.

Titus also rocked out over the color he found on Monitor Pass in mid October.

Finally: William Thompson also took a road trip to the Hope Valley in mid October.

And, to Yosemite Valley in October (FYI, If you’re shooting commercially in a national park, always follow park rules and apply in advance for a commercial filming permit from the National Park Service. The fines for not doing so are pretty hefty).

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Big Pine Creek – Snow Still at 10,000’

Big Pine Creek (9/30/17) Jim Gardner

Big Pine Creek (9/30/17) Jim Gardner

Big Pine Creek (9/30/17) Jim Gardner

Color spotter Jim Gardner visited the north fork of Big Pine Creek to find the aspen peaking near Lon Chaney’s cabin, and that there’s still some snow on the ground at over 10,000’.

Big Pine Creek (10,000’) – Peak GO NOW!

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Hike of the Week: Big Pine Creek

N. Fork Big Pine Creek (10/10/15) Jackson Frishman

N. Fork Big Pine Creek (10/10/15) Jackson Frishman

Avid hiker, photographer and color spotter A. Jackson Frishman must have been breathless both from his hike, but also from the beautiful peaking aspen he found along the North Fork of Big Pine Creek this past weekend.  His report causes us to declare this the Hike of the Week.

N. Fork Big Pine Creek (10/10/15) Jackson Frishman

N. Fork Big Pine Creek (10/10/15) Jackson Frishman

The North Fork hike is not for the feint hearted.  Modern Hiker describes it as a difficult trek that gains 3,000′ in 9.2 miles.  Whew!

However, there’s a fall color bonus the higher you go.

Frishman writes, “There’s good color to be found for folks willing to walk a ways up the trail. Below Second Falls (9,000′) the color is Patchy, but it’s peaking from Cienega Mirth (above 9,000′) and up, with very few bare trees.”

Peak GO NOW! (75-100%) – Big Pine Creek 

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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.