California’s Eastern Sierra

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.

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Fall Colors in Mono County

FALL COLOR REPORT

10/19/21 FALL COLOR REPORT (Updated weekly on Wednesday):

LAST CALL FOR FALL COLORS! Final call if you want to fall colors in Mono County this year. We're updating the page a day early this week because all remaining locations in Mono County are currently at peak levels. The West Walker River, Twin Lakes Bridgeport, Lee Vining Canyon, Lundy Lake (lower section only), June Lake Loop, McGee Creek, Crowley Lake and Convict Lake are all at at full peak. Get to these locations now as they are the only spots left with fall color in 2021 and we can't guarantee they'll be there for much longer.

A large winter storm is forecasted to arrive Sunday-Monday with wind and significant snow amounts. Please be prepared for travel impacts and anticipate the high mountain passes (Tioga Pass - Hwy 120, Sonora Pass - Hwy 108, and Monitor Pass Hwy - 89) to be closed prior to the storm. For weather and road conditions in Mono County check our "Weather and Road Conditions" page HERE. You can also check our "Webcams in Mono County" page HERE for live camera feeds of current conditions throughout Mono County. For State Highway conditions, please check the Caltrans highway conditions website, call the Road Conditions Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623), or check the Caltrans QuickMap

We are entering the final home stretch of the fall color season with only 7-10 days left of good color. 

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

WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ

Monitor Pass (8,314') - Past Peak
West Walker River, Walker, Coleville and Topaz (5,200') - 75-100% GO NOW! Good color throughout the West Walker River, the cottonwood trees in Coleville and along the shores of Topaz Lake. This is one of the few spots were we are confident the colors will make it past the storm this weekend.
Sonora Pass (9,623') - Past Peak
Lobdell Lake Road (9,274') - Past Peak

BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES

Twin Lakes (7,000') - 75-100% GO NOW! - Incredible conditions right now if you saw our pictures on FB and IG. Great views of the Sawtooth Mountains on the shores of Lower Twin Lakes. 
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) - Past Peak
Conway Summit (8,143) - Past Peak
Summers Meadow (7,200') - Past Peak

LEE VINING 

Tioga Pass (9,943') - Past Peak
Lee Vining Canyon (6,781') - 75-100% GO NOW! The best color yet in Lee Vining Canyon. Tioga Pass just re-opend as we are writing this but is surly to be closed again for the storm coming this weekend.
Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858') - 100% - Good color still left in the lower sections of the canyon and campground. Past peak further up. 

BENTON & 120 EAST 

Sagehen Summit (8,139’) - Past Peak

JUNE LAKE LOOP

June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654') - 75-100% GO NOW! - What a week to be in the June Lake Loop! The best color should happen over the next 4 days with with the best groves reaching their peak right now. Last call for one of the best leaf peeping spots in the county.

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! Past peak further up the canyon but good color at the campground.
Around Crowley community (6,781') - 75-100% GO NOW! - Great color around the community and old US 395.
Convict Lake (7850') - 75-100% GO NOW - Peaking colors all around the lake with the back side around 85%.

ROCK CREEK CANYON

Rock Creek Road (9,600’) - Past Peak (Expert tip: Lower Rock Creek trail usually has some color until early November)

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