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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!

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: 9/25/2014

As we move into the tail end of the month, more and more areas are starting to show those vibrant fall colors. About 75% of Mono County trees are still lime green with yellows mixed in. The best chances for fall color viewing will be above 9,000 feet in elevation. Some of these locations are close to peak levels, but the recommended viewing locations for the week of September 22nd are: Monitor Pass, Sonora Pass, Virginia Lakes, Green Creek, Tioga Pass, Parker Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Mammoth Rock Trail and all hike in locations above 9,000 feet. Stay tuned and check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute reports or visit www.californiafallcolors.com

NORTHERN MONO COUNTY - WALKER/COLEVILLE/TOPAZ -
Monitor Pass - 35-55%
Walker Canyon - 5-15% 
Towns of Walker/Coleville - 5-15%
Sonora Pass 35-55%

BRIDGEPORT/VIRGINIA LAKES -
Twin Lakes - 5-15%   
Virginia Lakes - 50-75%
Conway Summit - 35-50%
Green Creek - 50-75% 
Summers Meadow - 5-10%

LEE VINING -
Tioga Pass - 25-30%
Lundy Lake - 5-15%
Lundy Canyon Trail - 0-10%

JUNE LAKE LOOP -
June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 - 5-15%
Parker Lake - 35-55% 

MAMMOTH LAKES -
Lakes Basin - 35-45%
Laurel Canyon - 10-15% at the base; 20-25% at the top elevations 

CONVICT LAKE - 
Around resort/campgrounds – 5-10% 
Around Lake - 5-10% 
Convict Canyon – 10-15%

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK -
McGee Creek Canyon - 5-15%
Around Crowley community - 0-10%

ROCK CREEK CANYON -
Around Rock Creek Lake – 50-75%
Along the road -  45-65% 
Lower Rock Creek– 10-15%

BISHOP -
Town of Bishop – 5-10% 
Lake Sabrina- 10-20% 
South Fork & Bishop Creek– 10-20%

CURRENT PHOTOS FROM THIS SEASON:

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

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014

Rock Creek, September 18, 2014

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