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Central Sierra Fall Foliage

Published October 24th, 2011

October 17-18, 2011



I just recently got back from a 2 day trip to the Bishop area to check out some fall foliage in the Central Sierra. After becoming disheartened by conflicting reports on whether the fall colors were good or not after the first snow storm of the season earlier in the month, I decided to just go ahead and see the conditions for myself. Despite leaving late and encountering 2 constructions delays (one on Hwy. 89 in Christmas Valley, and one on Hwy. 395 just north of Bridgeport), I was able to make it first to Conway summit and then to the June Lake Loop before sunset. The fall colors at both places were stunning even though the lighting was difficult in both places at those particular times. I wandered around the Silver Lake area, just off the June Lake Loop, for about 2 hours. This was my second time to visit the area, so I figured it was best to better familiarize myself with the area for the next time I visit. Silver Lake and the reflections looking across the lake were fantastic. The whole area was right around peak color, save for a few hints of green here and there. The sunset was a bit lackluster as it was a clear day and the horizon is hidden from the lake by the steep rise of Carson Peak, so I decided to wait until after twilight for the stars to come out and play.

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