Bishop Trip Report | High Sierra Topix  

Bishop Trip Report

If you've been searching for the best source of information and stimulating discussion related to Spring/Summer/Fall backpacking, hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada...look no further!
User avatar

Bishop Trip Report

Postby doug395 » Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:47 am

My original plan was a backpacking trip out of Big Pine last Friday, but I got sick on the drive up. My best guess was food poisoning, it was a strange drive. I decided to bail on the BP trip and got a campsite at North Lake. Saturday I hiked up to Blue Lake, lost the trail to snow about half way up, an easy hike with crampons. Blue lake is still frozen over but starting to breakup along the shore, also found several good dry campsites. Sunday I hiked to Long Lake, I hit snow right away; the trail clears at the Treasure Lakes turn off for a while, then solid snow. The trail is packed down and easy to follow. Long lake is mostly frozen and lots of snow everywhere. I started post-holing around the lake and put on snowshoes. It’s beautiful up there right now, no bugs yet. Here’s some trip pictures:

http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=611381



User avatar
doug395
Founding Member
 
Posts: 117
Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2005 5:43 pm
Location: Orange County
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Postby Trekker » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:00 am

Wow, I remember backpacking to Treasure Lakes 2 years ago not more than 11-12 days from the date you did this hike, and not hitting snow until the upper Treasure Lakes! Certainly a lot different this year. Makes it a little difficult to decide what equipment to bring. I'm going to be in Seattle at the end of this week, and will be spending a few days at Mt. Rainier, and it's full-on winter conditions above 6-7000 ft, apparently. Not sure what to take because I'm not sure what will be available in terms of permits and trails. Just got back from the Rockies; my bags were heavy enough for that trip! :eek:
User avatar
Trekker
Topix Regular
 
Posts: 236
Joined: Fri Mar 03, 2006 1:46 pm
Location: San Diego
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Postby SSSdave » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:51 am

Hi Doug, up in Bishop Creek again huh! Sounds like the ES snow line is 10k to 11k depending on exposure. I backcountry ski in spring corn occasionally so get to see what the spring melt often looks like above the snow line. With the bright snow, pics after the sun rises up some tend to be contrasty unless one confines shooting to early and late. Since I resort ski a lot during winters, I get to see landscapes after fresh snowfalls which I much prefer as snow scenes especially if it wasn't windy and trees and rocks are laden with snow. Thus never hike with my big camera up into those areas this time of year. In the next couple weeks, wildflowers ought to begin making a show along the foot of the Owens Valley especially atop the rocky morraines. Be nice to hear some reports on when yellow hued balsomroot start making the usual show along the highway north of Crowley below Tobacco Flat. That is a good indicator overall to when early lower elevation wildflowers are coming out. A friend and I are considering making the long road trip over on the east side first week of July but I'm wondering if that will be too early for McGee. Sure to be up in the bristlecone a day or two too. ...David
User avatar
SSSdave
Topix Fanatic
 
Posts: 1965
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:18 pm
Location: Silicon Valley
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Postby Matilda » Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:59 pm

Those yellow numbers I always called "mule ears" are starting to bloom along the highway--not going off yet (except in my yard on Hilton Creek). Same thing along the beginning of the McGee trail just below Horsetail Falls...lupine and mule ears are about a week/10 days from spectacular.
User avatar
Matilda
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:01 pm
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue Jun 13, 2006 4:06 pm

Mule Ears == TP.

:cool:
Doyle W. Donehoo
Sierra Trails:
http://www.doylewdonehoo.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
User avatar
DoyleWDonehoo
Founding Member
 
Posts: 480
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 2:06 pm
Location: San Jose, CA
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Postby ifernau » Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:08 pm

Matilda wrote:Those yellow numbers I always called "mule ears" are starting to bloom along the highway--not going off yet (except in my yard on Hilton Creek). Same thing along the beginning of the McGee trail just below Horsetail Falls...lupine and mule ears are about a week/10 days from spectacular.

Wow, thank you for this info. I already planned my trip for June 24th to 26th, right on time.
Inge
Capture the Scene of the Light

Unless you’re prepared to expect the unexpected, you’re likely to miss capturing nature’s finest moments.(Galen Rowell)
http://ifernau.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifernau/
User avatar
ifernau
Topix Regular
 
Posts: 146
Joined: Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:45 pm
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Postby ifernau » Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:09 pm

Very nice series Doug. Bishop Creek is really moving.
Inge
Capture the Scene of the Light

Unless you’re prepared to expect the unexpected, you’re likely to miss capturing nature’s finest moments.(Galen Rowell)
http://ifernau.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ifernau/
User avatar
ifernau
Topix Regular
 
Posts: 146
Joined: Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:45 pm
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Postby SSSdave » Tue Jun 13, 2006 6:45 pm

Thankyou Mathilda just what I needed to hear, much appreciated. Both the balsomroot and the mule ears look similar and grow together, though the former come out first and the latter also tend to last longer after blooming. Sounds like the big yellow bloom below Horsetail is right on schedule for the end of the month. I prefer hiking there a bit after the yellow army peaks as that is when during most years castilleja linarifolia show adding a beautiful pinkish red to the mix.
User avatar
SSSdave
Topix Fanatic
 
Posts: 1965
Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2005 11:18 pm
Location: Silicon Valley
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:59 am

Beautiful up there now! Nice photos! Thanks, Doug!
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


http://snownymph.smugmug.com/
User avatar
Snow Nymph
Founding Member
 
Posts: 2041
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:43 pm
Location: Santa Barbara & Mammoth Lakes, CA
Experience: N/A


Return to Backpacking / Hiking / Camping



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Ballpeen, playero1, texan, Troutbuoy and 6 guests