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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Clark_Griswold » Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:47 am

lcarreau wrote:
Lionel wrote:Oh, not true, The alpine plants are red and orange on the Peaks, the aspen in the upper reaches of the Inner Basin are turning, and the aspen on Elden are beginning to turn.


Think we posted this on the WRONG thread. Is the Lockett Meadows road open yet ???

Only to non-motorized traffic, so far. Probably next year, as a guess.
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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby KathyW » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:29 pm

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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:46 pm

I always hear about how there is no color in the White Mountains. Guess you just have to look a little harder... :wink:

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Kathy, I am sure your 4WD would get further in to Cottonwood/Crooked Creek, but the colors are really peaking now. Cottonwood Basin looks like a really fun place to explore, though!

Full set of photos is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/moosepics6 ... 196261520/

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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Gafoto » Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:06 am

Cottonwood looks beautiful right now. I've been working right by Schulman Grove all week (you might have seen me and my crew working) but haven't been able to get down to see any of the aspens. I remember seeing some tiny aspen groves near the top of Silver Canyon, maybe I'll commute that way from now on...
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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby KathyW » Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:59 am

It looks like I'll miss peak in the Whites as I can't hit the road before October 6th. Darn

I'm thinking of heading across Nevada to the Schell Creek Range and the Snake Range, then into Utah on 50 stopping at Notch Peak along the way to the Mount Nebo area. From there I'll work my to Cedar City, Zion NP, Sin City, and home to SoCal. Maybe I won't be too late in at least one of those areas.
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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:12 am

I envy you that drive up to Cedar Breaks from Cedar City. Have fun!
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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby lcarreau » Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:19 am

I envy you working your way to SIN CITY ..

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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:32 am

Of course! There's tons of color there!

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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:56 am

Sabrina is simply gorgeous right now, with a good start on the color but still plenty of green. There's a great patch just above Aspendell to start, but the town itself is still lush:

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Below the dam there's probably 50% color to green:

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The lake itself is putting on a wonderful show at the moment:

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North Lake has good color on the road as you get to the lake, but it's still pretty green through the campground. I could see patches up higher on the slopes towards Piute, but I turned around at the trailhead like a good patient...

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And looking into the Sabrina Basin from the North Lake road:

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Now, make sure to stop into the Cardinal Village Resort for lunch. Peeping is a high-calorie workout! <ahem>

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(OK, I feel like a total touron right now wandering aimlessly with my camera but so be it...)

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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby butitsadryheat » Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:27 am

Looks like next weekend is calling me to make a daytrip to Bishop. 8)

Any idea how McGee is looking?

(will have to make it back by Sunday afternoon for the annual street painting festival (Via Arte) here in town)
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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:22 am

I stopped in at McGee the same day as the Glass Mountains (Monday?) and there was almost nothing there yet. I'll try to stop in on this Monday as I head to Carson City. :)

Another area I'd be really interested in, but probably can't get there is Horton Lakes...
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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby The Chief » Sun Oct 02, 2011 6:32 am

Yesterday and this morning above 10K in the Crabtree Basin behind (westside of Whitney) during my 34.8 mile in/out (in less than 33 hours) resupply for Peninsula ...


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Muir and Hitchcock from Timberline Lake yesterday afternoon
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Turning Laurels and Shooting Stars on the JMT between Timberline and Guitar this morning
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Looking up at Whitney from Timberline Lake this morning
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Looking down at Upper Crabtree Meadow yesterday
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Sunset over Red Spur & The Kaweah's from Lower Crabtree last night
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Mount Hale Ridgeline from Guitar Lake this morning
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One of the many squalls I experienced during this 33 hour fast pack/resupply over Whitney/Russell this afternoon.



*** Remember that the "Colors" are way different at or above 10K than they are down below treeline.
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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:13 am

Took an easy stroll up to Tyee Lakes today with friends to see what's happening with the color. Good stuff right along the road to South Lake, as well as the slopes of Table Mountain, but there's still a good bit of green at the first lake. Much more color from the smaller plants all around...

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Rest of them:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/moosepics6 ... 805109392/

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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby Princess Buttercup » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:52 pm

Headed north yesterday on my way to Carson City. June Lake loop is still all green, as is Lundy Canyon. So I explored the good dirt road that connects Virginia Lakes Rd and Green Creek Rd just south of Bridgeport:

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Re: Fall Colors 2011?

Postby butitsadryheat » Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:49 pm

Nice!

Nice of you to help out Peninsula, Chief. He'll have some great pics when he returns too.

Storm moving in right now may ruin the rest of it. Snow level down to 6500' in the southern sierra
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