Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 11, 2017

Eastern Sierra Fall Color: Mono County 10/10/17

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

Now is the time to come to Mono County if you want to see the Fall Colors! Many places around the Eastern Sierra are at full peak this week and should be spectacular for the next 5 days to 2 weeks.

Here are the best locations for peak color this week: Twin Lakes Bridgeport, Lundy Canyon, Convict Lake, Rock Creek Road, McGee Creek Canyon, Conway Summit, Summers Meadow Road, Lobdell Lake Road, Lee Vining Canyon, Monitor Pass and the June Lake Loop.

You’ll still find color just about anywhere in Mono County right now but some of the higher elevation destinations like Sonora Pass and Virginia Lakes will range from peak to past peak as the leaves above the 9,000′ level seemed to have trouble getting going this year.

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Monitor Pass (8,314′)- 75-100% GO NOW – Aspens on the summit are perfect right now. Look for the large grove of trees on the east side of the summit to have the be display of color.
Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – 75-100%  GO NOW! – We were here for a few hours on Sunday night have have never seen this location look so good. Lots of peaking trees with deep reds and yellows. Go here soon as some sections of trees are already past peak and will not last much longer.  Note: Burcham Flat Road to Lobdell lake Road are dirt roads – AWD or 4WD vehicles are recommended.
Walker Canyon (5,200′)- 10-50% Patchy – Walker canyon has slowed down from last weeks report. Sections with great yellows and lime greens while others are just getting going. This will be a “go now” designation after next week’s report.
Towns of Walker & Coleville – 0-10% Just Starting – A few cottonwoods have started to turn but this is traditionally the last place to peak in Mono County. Look to go here in the 3rd or 4th week in October.
Sonora Pass (9,623′)- 10-100% Go Now – It’s a fall color inversion here, as colors are looking nice around Leavitt Meadows Pack station and the lower sections of Sonora Pass while the aspens near the summit never seemed to get going. You’ll find peak to past peak groves along the road and is still worth the trip this weekend.


Twin Lakes (7,000′) –  75-100% GO NOW! – The biggest change in Mono County this week is Twin Lakes out of Bridgeport. Wonderful Color along both the upper and lower lakes and up the mountainside.
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) – Peak to Past Peak – The leaves never seemed to get going at Virginia Lakes this year. You will still find some great color at the lower elevations of Virginia Lakes Road.
Conway Summit (8,143′)- 50-100% Go Now! – Lot’s of great color at Conway Summit right now. You will find sections that are just getting going while the majority of the mountainside is at full peak. Go later in the day as the morning shadows make this a difficult photography location in early light.
Summers Meadow (7,200′) – 75-100% GO NOW!  – Simply spectacular right now. Entire groves of peaking aspens make this location a must stop this week!  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 visitors traveling to Summers Meadow.


Tioga Pass & Lee Vining Canyon (9,943′) – 50-100% Go Now! – Great color along Lee Vining Canyon, especially along Log Cabin Mine Road. You’ll find great color everywhere but the upper sections of tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake may be past peak.
Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′)- 75-100% GO NOW! – Brilliant color up Lee Vining Canyon at the first set of waterfalls. Color along the road and campground may be a shade early but will be perfect this weekend.


Sagehen Summit (8,139’) – Past Peak


June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) – 50-75% – Go Now! Color around the June Lake Loop is developing nicely and you will find peak trees just about everywhere. This location is still a little early but will be perfect for at least the next two weeks.
Parker Lake (8,000′) – 50-100% Go Now!  – Great color along Parker Bench to Parker Lake while some sections may still be early or past peak.


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Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) – 50-100% Go Now!  – Good color along Mammoth Creek Road and Sherwin Creek Road and sections of the Mammoth Lakes Basin.


McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – 50-100% Go Now!  – McGee Creek Canyon is at full peak and has wonderful color right now while the road may still be a bit patchy.
Around Crowley community (6,781′) – 50-100% Go Now! Wonderful color around the community right now and along the hillsides of US 395.. Take the “old US 395” road from McGee Creek to Tom’s Place for great views of the color change up the mountain.
Convict Lake (7850′) 75-100% Go Now! Convict Lake is a must stop this week. Colors are at their peak along the lake and up Convict Canyon. Take the 2.5 mile “Convict Lake Loop Trail” around the lake for a close up view of the leaves and different angles of Mt. Morrison.


Rock Creek Road (9,600’) – 50-100% Go Now!  – Wonderful color along the lower section of Rock Creek Road from Tom’s Place. There are sections of great Yellows and Oranges while other areas above the lake may be past peak.

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