Escape from Lundy Canyon! Or, how I went out looking for eastern Sierra color and got a little more weather than I expected.

There’s something especially surprising about having the alarm go off in your tent at 5:45 to go chase the morning light, only to look outside your tent and see near-whiteout conditions.  That’s what happened to me this morning, when the weather system that promised light flurries resulted in three-plus inches and counting in Lundy Canyon when I high-tailed it out of there about an hour later.  When I went to sleep last night, I thought we might even get off lucky, as the winds had died and the skies were pretty clear.  Over the course of the next few hours, however, things changed dramatically, as they so easily can up in the mountains.

The trip was a bit of a letdown, as fall color hadn’t quite arrived in the eastern Sierras (contrary to several reports I’ve been following closely), so there’s a lot more green than gold in my pictures.  We’re headed up to Yosemite in two weekends, so hopefully that trip will yield better results.  The winter storm that moved through overnight will probably speed up the color change, so those of you planning trips next weekend should get lots and lots of color, especially in the June Lake, Bishop Creek (in the South Lake area), and Lundy Canyon areas (assuming you can even get into Lundy right now with all that snow).

First–a taste of what we woke up to this morning:

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The storm moving over the Sierras this morning (from Highway 395):

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And here’s all the color I could find yesterday–first, Bishop Creek near South Lake:

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South Lake on an extremely windy morning:

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After Bishop Creek, we were off to Lundy Canyon.

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Lundy is littered with numerous abandoned mines, so hike carefully.

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~ by Robin Black on October 4, 2009.

One Response to “Escape from Lundy Canyon! Or, how I went out looking for eastern Sierra color and got a little more weather than I expected.”

  1. Those are spectacular! I thought you did really, really well & found some great shots.

    Can’t believe it snowed on you like that. It was something crazy like 97 degrees here in Texas when I was putting out my pumpkins. However, not to be outdone by California, we soon heard the tornado sirens go off!

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