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Mono County Fall Colors



Visit one of America's Best Fall Foliage Forests!
Mono County and the surrounding Eastern Sierra provide the best show of glowing golden-orange-crimson fall colors in the western United States. Our natural landscape in the Eastern Sierra, where rugged granite canyons are carved by rushing streams and framed by an azure sky, offers a spellbinding contrast of colors during autumn. Travel to Rock Creek, Mammoth Lakes, the June Lake Loop, Yosemite (Tioga Pass), Lundy Canyon,  Bridgeport, Sonora Pass and beyond to see fall colors at their finest.

Click HERE to download our Fall Color Guide & Map

BEST MONO COUNTY FALL COLOR VIEWING SPOTS:
Particularly good hot spots are the Lee Vining and Lundy Canyon area near Mono Lake and Yosemite, Rock Creek south of Mammoth Lakes, McGee Creek, Convict Lake, and the June Lake Loop.  Around Bridgeport, you won't want to miss Virginia Lakes, Twin Lakes and the Conway Summit.  The West Walker River and Antelope Valley are also lined with gold.

Fall Colors by Foot: Day hikes in Lundy Canyon, McGee Creek or Rock Creek Canyon are sure to impress. Stop by one of the region's Visitor Centers to get directions and maps.

Fall Colors by Car: Tioga Pass (Route 120) climbs through dramatic and rugged Lee Vining Canyon, connecting the Great Basin landscapes with the high alpine meadows of Yosemite. The June Lake Loop (Hwy. 158) is a gorgeous aspen-lined drive which links numerous lakes.  Rock Creek Road is also a colorful drive -- be sure to stop by Rock Creek Lakes Resort for home-made pie, (closes Oct. 13)!

CURRENT FALL COLOR REPORT - Check here for fall color updates, week by week. We try and describe by percentages how close the fall color hot spots are to "peak" and full color.  So 0-15% is still mostly green, lime green with some yellow.  Of course, 80-100% will be at peak with colors ranging from bright yellow, golds, oranges and reds. 

Last updated: 10/27/2014

Colors in many parts of Mono County remain vibrant, although some areas are now past peak, particularly everything higher than 8500'. Lower Rock Creek Road and trail, Lower Tioga Pass Road and Lee Vining Canyon at the base of Hwy 120, and Little Walker Lake are offering great fall color! The trail to Barney Lake from Upper Twin Lakes near Bridgeport should still have gold!  Recommended viewing locations for this weekend are Lower Rock Creek, June Lake Loop, Lee Vining Canyon, Lundy Lake and the West Walker River. Stay tuned and check our Facebook page for uo-to-the-minute reports or visit www.californiafallcolors.com.

NORTHERN MONO COUNTY - WALKER/COLEVILLE/TOPAZ -
Monitor Pass - 100% - past peak.
Walker Canyon - 45-55% 
Towns of Walker/Coleville - 50%
Sonora Pass 100% - past peak.

BRIDGEPORT/VIRGINIA LAKES -
Twin Lakes - 100% - Past Peak
Virginia Lakes - 100% - Past Peak
Conway Summit - 100% - Almost at past peak. Leaves could be blow off by wind at any time.
Green Creek - 100% - Past Peak
Summers Meadow - 100% Approaching past peak. Leaves could be blow off by wind at any time.

LEE VINING -
Tioga Pass - 80-100% Colors in the upper elevations may be past peak, but Lee Vining canyon will still have color for the next few days.
Lundy Lake - 100% along lower Lundy Lake Road.  Past peak above the Lundy campground.
Lundy Canyon Trail - 100% - Past Peak

BENTON & 120 EAST -
Sage Hen Meadow -  Past Peak

JUNE LAKE LOOP -
June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 - 95-100% - GO NOW! Trees are at peak or past peak around the majority of the loop. Get there in the next 2-4 days for the best picture opportunities of the year! Wind could blow the leaves off at any time, so hurry!
Parker Lake - 100% - Past Peak
Little Walker Lake - 100% - Past Peak around the lake level.  Past peak on the Bloody Canyon trail.

MAMMOTH LAKES -
Lakes Basin - 100% - Past Peak
Laurel Canyon - 85-100% at the base; 100% Past Peak at the top elevations.
Mammoth Creek Road - 100% - Past Peak.  Some very vibrant orange and red can still be found along the creek and road near Old Mammoth Road.

CONVICT LAKE - 
Around resort/campgrounds – 100% GO NOW! Currently peaking!
Around Lake - 100% - GO NOW! Mostly yellows and gold along the back side of the lake and around the walking path.
Convict Canyon – 100% - Past Peak

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK -
McGee Creek Canyon - 100% - Past peak
Around Crowley community - 90-100% - Peaking/Past Peak.

ROCK CREEK CANYON -
Around Rock Creek Lake – Past peak
Along the road -  Past peak
Lower Rock Creek– 85-100% GO NOW! Still some great color happening along the lower sections of Rock Creek Road.

BISHOP -
Town of Bishop – 80-100% 
Lake Sabrina- Past peak
South Fork & Bishop Creek– Past peak

CURRENT PHOTOS FROM THIS SEASON:

Lower Rock Creek - October 26, 2014

Lower Rock Creek- October 26, 2014

Lower Rock Creek- October 26, 2014

Near Lundy Canyon - October 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Paul Cockrell

Near Lundy Canyon- October 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Paul Cockrell

Lundy Lake- October 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Nicholas Barnhart

Lundy Lake Resort - October 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Nicholas Barnhart

Gull Lake / June Lake Loop - October 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Nicholas Barnhart

Lundy Lake - October 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Nicholas Barnhart

Lundy Lake - October 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Nicholas Barnhart

Crowley Lake - October 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Greg Newbry


Gull Lake, Oct. 22, 2014.  Photo credit - Elizabeth Erdelyi


Barney Lake from Upper Twin Lakes near Bridgeport, October 20, 2014. Photo: Nancy Fiddler


Barney Lake Trail and Little Slide Canyon, Upper Twin Lake near Bridgeport, October 20, 2014 - Photo: Nancy Fiddler





June Lake Loop - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Little Walker Lake - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Tioga Pass Road - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos

Little Walker Lake - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Reverse Creek - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Greg Newbry



Gull Lake - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Greg Newbry


Reverse Creek - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Greg Newbry



June Lake Loop - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit Greg Newbry



June Lake Loop - October 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Greg Newbry



Convict Lake - October 18, 2014. Photo Credit: Mono County Tourism

June Lake Loop - October 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Greg Newbry




June Lake Loop - October 16, 2014 Photo Credit: Greg Newbry

June Lake Loop - October 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Greg Newbry



Crowley Lake Area - October 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Greg Newbry

Convict Lake - October 12, 2014

Convict Lake - October 12, 2014

Green Church off HWY 395 near Convict Lake & Mammoth Yosemite Airport - October 13, 2014

Lundy Lake - October 13, 2014

Lower Rock Creek - October 13, 2014

Rock Creek Road - October 13, 2014

Lower Rock Creek - October 13, 2014



Sonora Pass and Leavitt Meadow - October 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Paradise Shores



Sonora Pass and Leavitt Meadow - October 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Paradise Shores



Sonora Pass and Leavitt Meadow - October 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Paradise Shores



Sonora Pass & Leavitt Meadow - October 8, 2014. Photo Credit: Paradise Shores

Rodeo Meadow across from June Mountain, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rodeo Meadow across from June Mountain, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rodeo Meadow across from June Mountain, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rodeo Meadow across from June Mountain, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Hwy 158 near Silver Lake, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Hwy 158 near Silver Lake, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Hwy 158 near Silver Lake, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Hwy 158 near Silver Lake, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Aspens on the South side of Grant Lake, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Silver Lake, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Silver Lake, June Lake Loop - October 8, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Hwy 158 / Gull Lake - October 6, 2014 (Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos)

Gull Lake - October 6, 2014 (Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos)

Hwy 158 between Silver Lake and Grant Lake, June Lake Loop - October 6, 2014

Hwy 158 / Grant Lake, June Lake Loop - October 6, 2014

Lower Conway Summit - October 6, 2014

Upper Conway Summit - October 6, 2014

Rock Creek - October 5, 2014

Mammoth Scenic Loop - October 5, 2014

Summer's Meadow - October 5, 2014



Sage Summit - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Sage Summit - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Sage Summit - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Sage Summit - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Sage Summit - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Walker Lake / Bloody Canyon - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Walker Lake / Bloody Canyon - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Walker Lake / Bloody Canyon - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Walker Lake / Bloody Canyon - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Silver Lake - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Virginia Lakes - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Randy Duarte



Conway Summit - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Keith Thomas



Conway Summit - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Keith Thomas



Buckeye Canyon - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Keith Thomas



Devil's Gate - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Keith Thomas



Devil's Gate - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Keith Thomas



Twin Lakes - Bridgeport October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Keith Thomas



Twin Lakes - Bridgeport October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Keith Thomas

Above Twin Lakes, Bridgeport - October 4 2014. Photo Credit: Keith Thomas

Mammoth Creek - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Mammoth Creek - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Mammoth Creek - October 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Alicia Vennos



Green Creek - October 3, 2014. Photo Credit: Cathy Hysell



Green Creek - October 3, 2014. Photo Credit: Cathy Hysell



Green Creek - October 3, 2014. Photo Credit: Cathy Hysell



Tioga Pass - October 1, 2014. Photo Credit: Doug Holck

Near June Mountain, June Lake Loop, September 29, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Near June Mountain, June Lake Loop, September 29, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Lundy Canyon, September 28, 2014

Lundy Canyon, September 28, 2014

Lundy Canyon, September 28, 2014

Lundy Canyon, September 28, 2014

June Lake Loop, September 26, 2014

June Lake Loop, September 26, 2014

Green Creek, September 25, 2014 (Photo Credit: Lena Coffey)

Green Creek, September 25, 2014 (Photo Credit: Lena Coffey)

Green Creek, September 25, 2014 (Photo Credit: Lena Coffey)

Green Creek, September 25, 2014 (Photo Credit: Lena Coffey)

Virginia Lakes Road, September 21, 2014

Virginia Lakes Road, September 21, 2014

Green Lake, September 21, 2014

Green Creek Trail, September 21, 2014

Green Creek Trail, September 21, 2014

Green Creek Trail, September 21, 2014

Dunderberg Meadow Road, September 21, 2014

Dunderberg Meadow Road, September 21, 2014

Green Creek Trail, September 21, 2014

Green Creek Trail, September 21, 2014

Green Creek Trail, September 21, 2014

Conway Summit, September 21, 2014

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014 (Photo Credit: Liz Erdelyi)

Rock Creek Road, September 6, 2014 (Photo Credit: Robin Roberts)

Sonora Pass, September 14, 2014 (Photo Credit: Robin Roberts)

Conway Summit, September 14, 2014 (Photo Credit: Robin Roberts)

Parker Lake Trail, September 14, 2014

Parker Lake, September 14, 2014

Parker Lake, September 14, 2014



Mammoth Rock, September 14, 2014

McGee Creek Area, September 10, 2014

McGee Creek Pack Station, September 10, 2014

McGee Creek Area, September 10, 2014

Near Mt. Olsen, September 1, 2014

 

Rock Creek - September 1, 2014

Rock Creek - September 1, 2014

Parker Lake - September 1, 2014

Parker Lake - September 1, 2014