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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

Fall Color and Snow at North Lake

Updated: May 19

Fall coloring the aspen trees along the Middle Fork of Bishop Creek
Fall along the Middle Fork of Bishop Creek

On our trip, we stayed at Cardinal Village Resort in the tiny community of Aspendell, located 16.5 miles up Highway 168 from Bishop, California. We were fortunate to have some early snow that highlighted the fall foliage during our 3-night stay. We explored the area, visiting South Lake and Lake Sabrina, but our favorite was North Lake. The main reason for the trip was to see the color of the aspen and the mountains, and we were not disappointed.

The sunrise at the lake was spectacular, and the scenery around the lake was amazing.

The snow on the second day added an extra element to our photography. The combination of the snow, fall color, reflections, and early morning light was amazing.

In addition, we visited an old gold mine in the hills above Aspendell, which was started in the late 1800s as the "Tip Top" mine and later called the Cardinal Mine. It produced gold and silver well into the 1930s.


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