Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 16, 2018

Mono County Fall Color 10/17/18

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 17, 2018:  PEAK WEEK is officially here!!! This is the week to come to Mono County if you want to see the fall colors. All locations along the US 395 elevation will be at peak colors this week and should be fantastic for the next 7-10 days. Get here as soon as you can before it’s too late!

75-100% Peaking GO NOW! It’s peak week all most of the iconic fall color destinations along the US 395 level this week. Convict Lake, Crowley Lake, McGee Creek, the June Lake Loop, Lundy Canyon, Conway Summit, Summers Meadow, Twin Lakes Bridgeport and Monitor Pass will all be fantastic this week. You’ll still find some patches of green in some areas but the vast majority of locations are currently showing brilliant yellows and oranges.

50-75% Near Peak Go Now! The only areas still a little green are Lee Vining Canyon, the West Walker River and the big cottonwood trees in the towns of Walker, Coleville and Topaz. You’ll find some great pockets of color but will need to wait another 7 days for the full display.

Past Peak: Sagehen Summit, Lobdell lake Road and the upper sections of Tioga Pass, Sonora Pass and Virginia Lakes and Rock Creek are now past peak. If you’re driving through these areas you still still find some sections and groves still hanging around at the lower elevations.

WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ

Monitor Pass (8,314′) – 100% GO NOW!  Peaking colors along the top sections of the pass will only hang around for another few days. This section will be past peak next week.
Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – Past Peak
Walker Canyon (5,200′) – 50-75% Go Now – Patchy in sections with full peaking trees in others. Still another 7 days for the full display.
Towns of Walker & Coleville – 50-75% Go Now – A few cottonwoods are peaking but very patchy still in most sections. This will be the last place to peak in Mono County.
Sonora Pass (9,623′) – Past Peak but you might still be able to find some great color near Leavitt Meadows Pack Station.

BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES

Twin Lakes (7,000′)  – 75-100% GO NOW! Still a little patchy in sections but worth the drive. Take the dirt road around lower twin lakes great angles of the Sawtooth Mountains.
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) past peak
Conway Summit (8,143) – 75-100% GO NOW!  Sections with brilliant color and others with some green still hanging around. This will be spectacular for the next 10 days.
Summers Meadow (7,200′) – 75-100% – GO NOW! Great color along the road all the way up the hill. This is a tough area for photographs but better location if you want to miss the crowds.

LEE VINING

Tioga Pass (9,943′) – Past peak
Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′) 50-75% Go Now – Still green in some sections, while others have 80% yellow leaves with some trees past peak. Take Log Cabin Mine road for colors that will be good for the next two weeks.
Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′) 75-100% GO NOW! Lundy Canyon Trail should be perfect right now but might be past peak as we get closer to the weekend. Lundy Lake and Lundy Campground will be fantastic this weekend.

BENTON & 120 EAST 

Sagehen Summit (8,139’) Past Peak

JUNE LAKE LOOP

June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) 75-100% GO NOW! This is the week to see the colors along the June Lake Loop. There are so many great spots along Grant, Silver, Gull and June Lakes. Make this destination a priority for this weekend!

MAMMOTH LAKES

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Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) past peak.

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK/CONVICT LAKE

McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) 75-100% GO NOW! Still fantastic color up the canyon with great color now located along the campground and US 395 level.
Around Crowley community (6,781′) 75-100% GO NOW!  Great color around the town and the surrounding hills. Take the old US 395 road to Toms Place for the best views.
Convict Lake (7850′) 75-100% GO NOW! Great color along Convict Lake Campground and the shores around the lake. Still green in some sections but make sure to take the quick and flat hike around the lake for the best viewing opportunities!

ROCK CREEK CANYON

Rock Creek Road (9,600’) – past peak in the upper elevations but you will still find some color the closer you get to Tom’s Place and US 395.


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