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Postby EManBevHills » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:31 am

Now that's SWEET!
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Postby MCGusto » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:05 pm

I was reading here:

http://www.bishopvisitor.com/activities ... tions.php3

that it seems like a lot of the fall foliage has been squandered by the cold temps of last weekend. Anyone have any insight on places still holding on to some color?

Seems like some of the lower elevations have faired better than higher-up.

I was thinking maybe McGee Creek. Rock Creek was on my list too, but I don't know how it's fairing after the snow....

Heading up Saturday (10/10/09) morning. Thanks for the input!

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Postby butitsadryheat » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:59 pm

try the calphoto page. http://www.calphoto.com/fall.htm

One writer said that McGee is still nice, but not yet at peak in the lower McGee Creek area (upper McGee sounds like it's done), but Rock Creek (and many others in the area) is basically fried from the snow. Looks like the lower elevations may turn in another week or two, but even that is sketchy, as everything is pretty dried out. May be a poor year for color. Let's hope for a good el nino and heavy snow pack for next year.
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Postby MCGusto » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:18 am

Got up to South Lake, Lake Sabrina, Rock Creek, and McGee Creek this past weekend (10/10/09). The road up to South Lake and Lake Sabrina all had patches of yellow. The best spot was around Aspendell. If anyone is going, you can go up through Cardinal Camp. I would recommend staying on the left side of the river at the bridge where you can cross and go over to the mine. Most of the good color is further up.

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On Sunday we started heading up Rock Creek, but turned around where the road normally closes for winter, although the road wasn't closed. Pretty much the same, some patches of yellow here and there.

Overall, the best spot we found over the weekend was McGee Creek. Decent color at the trailhead. We saw a lot of people just snapping pictures and getting back in their cars, but they missed out! About 30 minutes up the trail you pass a small creek and the views really open up. Still quite a bit of green, but the hillsides looked pretty wonderful.

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