Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2017

Mono County Fall Color 9/26/17

Fall Colors in Mono County – Mono County Tourism   reports below. See photos at: Fall Colors in Mono County – Mono County Tourism and Film Commission

Fall Colors are developing rapidly across Mono County right now after last week’s storm dropped up to 6 inches of snow in the higher elevations of the Eastern Sierra.

Sagehen Summit comes in as our first “GO NOW” designation and is currently displaying vibrant yellows, and oranges. Sagehen Summit is a MUST see this week and should be photo-worthy for the next 5-7 days.

Some of our traditional early season destinations are still a little reluctant to get going but still showing some lovely color.  The upper section of Rock Creek Road, Virginia Lakes Road, Lobdell Lake Road and Tioga Pass are worth the trip this weekend but are still a good 5 days away from peak viewing.

WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ
Monitor Pass – 0-10%
Lobdell Lake Road (8,600”) – 10-50% Patchy – Lobdell Lake Road is still having trouble getting going. Lots of green and lime green with not much change from last week Note: Burcham Flat Road to Lobdell lake Road are dirt roads – AWD or 4WD vehicles are recommended.
Walker Canyon – 0%
Towns of Walker & Coleville – 0%

BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES
Twin Lakes –  0-10%
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) – 10-50% Patchy – Yellow and greens around the lake with more color in higher elevations.  For more adventurous leaf peepers with AWD or 4WD vehicles, take the Dunderberg Meadow Road to Sinnamon Meadows and Green Creek for additional aspen groves and views of Conway Summit.
Conway Summit – 0-10%
Summers Meadow – 0-10% – NOTE: The Summers Meadow bridge sustained significant damage during the spring runoff. The bridge has been reduced to one lane traffic but is currently open to Summers Meadow.

LEE VINING
Tioga Pass & Lee Vining Canyon – 10-50% Patchy – Color is just starting to show up around the upper elevations of Hwy 120 Tioga Pass. Take the road up to Saddlebag Lake for the best viewing spots.
Lundy Lake & Canyon – 0%

BENTON & 120 EAST
Sagehen Summit (8,139’) – 75-100% GO NOW – Sagehen Summit is currently displaying vibrant yellows, and oranges and is a MUST see this week and should be photo-worthy for the next 5-7 days.

JUNE LAKE LOOP
June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 – 0%
Parker Lake – 0%
Little Walker Lake – 0%

MAMMOTH LAKES
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Lakes Basin – 0%
Mammoth Creek Road – 0%
Convict Lake – 0%

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK
McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – 10-50% Patchy – For hikers, there is some great color about 2 miles up McGee Canyon Trail above the first creek crossing. Leaves around the campground and US 395 are still green and won’t be ready for another 10 days.
Around Crowley community – 0%

ROCK CREEK CANYON
Upper Rock Creek (9,600’) – 10-50% Patchy – Color is starting to show up nicely around Rock Creek Lake but still a bit patchy. Take the Mosquito Flats trail, Hilton & Davis Lakes Trail or Tamarack Bench Trail into higher elevations for more color.
Along the road –  0%


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