Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 26, 2018

Mono County Fall Color 9/26/18

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

September 26, 2018: Fall color season is officially in full swing across many areas of Mono County this week! Plan your trip within the next three weeks to catch peak color splendor at all your favorite destinations.

75-100% Peaking GO NOW! The four must-see destinations this week are Lobdell Lake Road, Rock Creek Road, Virginia Lakes Road and Sagehen Summit. Sagehen Summit, in particular, has never been more brilliant as deep oranges and reds are currently covering the mountain from top to bottom. Head to this location first as the colors won’t last much longer here. Virginia Lakes Road and Rock Creek Road are both at full peak along the upper sections of the road. If you’re driving to Virginia Lakes, consider taking Dunderberg Meadows road to Green Creek for additional groves of quaking aspens. (AWD is recommended for this dirt road) Lobdell Lake Road is a lesser known destination off of Burcham Flat Road between Bridgeport and Walker. You’ll find full groves of oranges and reds near the top while yellows and greens are plentiful at the bottom. (AWD is recommended for this dirt road.)

50-75% Near Peak Go Now! Sonora Pass and Tioga Pass are both showing significant change in the upper elevations. You’ll find peaking groves of aspens along the tops of the passes and at turnouts along the road. Some sections are still green the closer you get to US 395. Golden Gate Mine Road out of Walker/Coleville was absolutely brilliant earlier this week. Take this road to Little Antelope Pack Station at Rodriguez Flat for a panorama views of yellows and oranges in the mountains above. (AWD is Recommended for this dirt road.) Book a pack trip or take a hike up Correl Valley Trailhead for additional viewing!

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0-10% – Just Starting
10-50% – Patchy
50-75% – Near Peak (Go Now!)
75-100% – Peaking (GO NOW!)
Past Peak – (You Missed It)


Monitor Pass (8,314′) – 10-50% Patchy – We drove to the top of the pass on 9/21 and found mostly green trees.
Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – 75-100% GO NOW! – Full peaking colors at the top with green/yellow leaves at the bottom. Colors should be great here for the next 10 days.
Walker Canyon (5,200′) – 0%
Towns of Walker & Coleville – 0%
Sonora Pass (9,623′) – 50-100% Go Now! Still patchy in places but great near the top of the pass.


Twin Lakes (7,000′)  – 0%
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) 75-100% GO NOW! – Great color along the road and at lake level. Still green near the Conway Summit turnoff. Take Dunderberg Meadows Road to Green Creek Road for additional groves of color. (AWD is recommended)
Conway Summit (8,143) – 0-10% – Still mostly green with a few yellow trees. A good 7-10 days away from a recommendation.
Summers Meadow (7,200′) – 10-50% – Still mostly green along the road with some reds visible at the highest elevations.


Tioga Pass (9,943′) 50-75% Go Now – Patchy in sections, especially at lower elevations. Saddlebag Lake Road should be your best bet.
Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′) – 0-10%
Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′) -0-10%


Sagehen Summit (8,139’) 75-100% GO NOW! – Unbelieve color here right now. Go as soon as you can, as this will be the first location to be past peak.


June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) 0-10%
Parker Lake (8,000′) 0-10%


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Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) 10-50% – Some great color change in the Lakes Basin. Laural Canyon looks fantastic from US 395 if you want to make the hike.


McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) 10-50% – Colors look fantastic in the upper elevations from US 395. Green trees are still present near the road at US 395.
Around Crowley community (6,781′) 0-10%
Convict Lake (7850′) 0-10%


Rock Creek Road (9,600’) – 75-100% GO NOW! – Full peak around the lake and down the road. Still green near US 395.

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