Friday, September 18, 2009

October – Lundy Canyon.

Searching for Eastern Sierra Fall Colors in the later part of October – Lundy Canyon.


In the past few years I visited the Lundy Canyon in the Eastern Sierra between October 8th and October 20th. Lundy Canyon is part of the Hoover Wilderness. The May Lundy mine was organized in 1879 after promising gold discoveries. Lundy Lake Road goes up Lundy Canyon from US Highway 395 to the trailhead past the Lundy Lake Resort. This road turns into a rocky dirt road and it ends in a one-way loop around an outhouse at the Lundy Canyon Trailhead. The trees in this canyon appear to turn a little later in October and then the Aspen trees lining the lake and the canyon put on a spectacular color show.
The dirt road is as I mentioned rocky, it is also narrow in some sections and has a couple of big potholes filled with water. I tried to navigate it in 2003 with a VW Bug and turned around after I hit a few big rocks; way before I got close to the 1st beaver pond. It is up to your comfort level taking a passenger car up there, I think it is doable to the 1st beaver pond and I have seen passenger cars along the road all the way to the trailhead. I take an SUV or high clearance vehicle when driving this road.
Alongside the dirt road are two beaver ponds with big Aspen groves. These groves either elate your spirits with color or they just plain disappoint. Early snow and cold spells take their toll on these groves and signs such as of brown/black leaves, bare trees or trees that have a lot of their still green leaves blown off are apparent.


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Aspen Grove at the end of 1st Beaver Pond – Lundy Canyon – October 17, 2005. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Aspen Grove at the end of 1st Beaver Pond – Lundy Canyon – October 20, 2007. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Aspen Grove at the end of 2nd Beaver Pond – Lundy Canyon – October 8, 2005. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Aspen Grove at the end of 2nd Beaver Pond – Lundy Canyon – October 12, 2007. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Aspen Grove at the end of 1st Beaver Pond – Lundy Canyon – October 6, 2006. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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A different take of the 1st Beaver Pond – Lundy Canyon – October 8, 2004. © Copyright Inge Fernau .



There is color along the road towards the lake and the resort in early October. I believe I drove along this road on October 1st one year and found a lot of color along the road all the way up to the beaver ponds just not in the big groves. The Aspens along the dirt road are losing their leaves due to strong winds coming down the canyon and from my past experiences, these trees are mostly bare by the time the big Aspen Groves come into prime.


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Fall Color Dirt Road to the Beaver Ponds in Lundy Canyon – October 6, 2006. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Lundy Lake and a View into the Canyon – October 6, 2006. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Aspen Grove – October 8, 2004. © Copyright Inge Fernau .



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