Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 10, 2018

Mono County Fall Color 10/10/18

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

October 10, 2018: What a week for leaf peeping! If you want to catch the fall colors this year, plan your trip within the next two weeks! You’ll find color just about everywhere in Mono County right now. Some areas are just getting going, others are at full peak, and areas along the top elevations are now past peak.

75-100% Peaking GO NOW! Monitor Pass had great color at the summit yesterday. The large grove of trees east of the summit is perfect for photography later in the afternoon. Sonora Pass, Upper Rock Creek and Upper Virginia Lakes still have peaking color in the lower sections of the road closer to US 395 but are now past peak at the highest elevations. Lobdell Lake Road is past peak in sections but go here if you want to find reds and oranges. (See pictures below, AWD is recommended) For hikers, McGee Canyon Trail, Parker Lake Trail, and Lundy Canyon Trail are still highly recommended for this weekend and will be at full peak this week.

50-75% Near Peak Go Now! A lot of areas have been reluctant to turn this year and have yet to hit peak colors. Convict Lake, the June Lake Loop, Lee Vining Canyon, Lundy Lake, Conway Summit, Summers Meadow and Twin lakes Bridgeport still have a lot of green but will be much better this weekend into next week. While most of these areas just met the 50% mark, you’ll still find sections and groves of peaking yellows and oranges that are ahead of the curve.

Past Peak: Sagehen Summit and the upper sections of Tioga Pass are now past peak but if you’re driving through these areas you still still find some sections and groves still hanging around. Sonora Pass, Upper Rock Creek and Upper Virginia Lakes still have some great color in the lower sections closer to US 395 but are past peak near the top of the roads.

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WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ

Monitor Pass (8,314′) – 75-100% GO NOW!  Peaking colors along the top sections of the pass. The big groves of tress just east of the summit are at their peak.
Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – 100% GO NOW!  Past peak in most areas but a lot of color still hanging around. If you want orange and red colors this is your spot! (AWD is recommended)
Walker Canyon (5,200′) – 10-50% – Just getting going. Look to come here in 7-10 days.
Towns of Walker & Coleville – 10-50% – Some trees are approaching peak but mostly green throughout the valley. Traditionally, this is usually the last area to peak in Mono County.
Sonora Pass (9,623′) – 100% GO NOW!  The color was incredible here last week. The tops will be pretty bare but great color can be found around Leavitt Meadows near the pack station.

BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES

Twin Lakes (7,000′)  – 50-75% Go Now! Still very green and just made the go now list. It will be much better this weekend and into next week. Take the dirt road around lower twin lakes great angles of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) 100% GO NOW!  Past Peak in the upper elevations but great color along the lower sections of the road.
Conway Summit (8,143) – 50-75% Go Now!  Still very patch but could be hitting peak levels early next week.
Summers Meadow (7,200′) – 50-75% – Go Now! Color has worked its way down to Summers Meadow. Still green in some sections but brilliant in others.

LEE VINING

Tioga Pass (9,943′) – Past peak in the upper elevations along Tioga Pass. Head to Lee Vining Canyon instead.
Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′) 50-75% Go Now! Still green in some sections, while others have 80% yellow leaves.
Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′) 50-75% Go Now! Still a little green along the road and in the campground but fantastic color up Lundy Canyon Trail.

BENTON & 120 EAST 

Sagehen Summit (8,139’) Past Peak

JUNE LAKE LOOP

June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) 50-75% Go Now! Still a little ripe in areas but worth the trip this week as you’ll find some areas and sections at full peak!

MAMMOTH LAKES

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Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) 100% – Peaking in the basin and just below Twin Lakes. Still a little green along Sherwin Creek.

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK/CONVICT LAKE

McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) 50-75% Go Now!  McGee Canyon has never looked better. If you can hike up this trail it will be worth it. Still pretty green around the US 395 level.
Around Crowley community (6,781′) 50-75% Go Now!  Great color in the hills above the town. Take the old US 395 road to Toms Place for the best views.
Convict Lake (7850′) 50-75% Go Now! – Still mostly green on the back side of the lake. This destination has had a hard time getting going this year but should be much better this weekend and into next week. The best colors are on the west side of the lake.

ROCK CREEK CANYON

Rock Creek Road (9,600’) – 100% GO NOW!  Past peak in the upper sections of the lake and along the higher elevation trails. Still fantastic in the lower sections near East Fork Campground.


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