|The change of seasons is here, so I put in a 308 mile loop ride today. Here is a Google Map of the route.
Signs of winter are everywhere, and Kirkwood is showing quite a bit of white. Waiting for ski season is not a time to sit around...There is still biking to be done. So I went looking for some fall color in the high country today.
The only problem with looking for Fall color in the Sierra Nevada is, you only find it where there are Aspens, Oaks or Cottonwoods. Between the Fir, Cedar, and pine the pickings can be slim as we head up Hwy 88.
But as I approach Silver Lake, there is some promise of Fall color.
And on towards Kirkwood Mountain Resort along 88
A short photo-op at Kirkwood Meadows, and the ski season can't be far away.
Caples Lake with the Mokolumne Wilderness peaks of Round Top, Sisters and Thunder Pass in the background looking whiter.
As we climb to 8000 feet the color is pretty well blown out from freezing nights and snow, but still showing signs of summer's last hurrah.
On top of the Pass was a large group of Harley riders using the outhouse facilities. I thought that was a great idea, but didn't take pictures. Continuing over Carson Pass, the Aspens at Red Lake were looking golden, but a bit past their prime.
And down into Hope Valley where some of the best color occurs. Looks like I should have been here last week.
To be continued
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