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

CURRENT FALL COLOR REPORT

Welcome Leaf Peepers! This is our first report for the 2018 season. We will update this page every Wednesday throughout the season until every leaf has fallen in Mono County.

September 11, 2018: It's been "sandals, t-shirt & beach weather" for this first half of September here in Mono County. Along with a few afternoon rain showers, the warmer temps have been keeping the meadows and aspen forests quite lush and green. Cooler temperatures are promised this week and should result in a bit more color change this weekend. It's still too early for any significant color change, but high elevation destinations like Rock Creek Lake, Tioga Pass, Virginia Lakes, Sonora Pass and Monitor Pass will be your best bet to see a few yellow leaves. Keep your eye out for Sagehen Summit as it is usually one of the first places in the Eastern Sierra to have peak color. 

Can't wait for the Wednesday report? Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitEasternSierra and Instagram.com/MonoCountyTourism for daily pictures and fall color conditions before they are uploaded to this website. 

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') - 0-10% Just Starting
Lobdell Lake Road (8,600') - Area is currently closed due to the Boot Fire. 
Walker Canyon (5,200') - 0%
Towns of Walker & Coleville - 0%
Sonora Pass (9,623') - 0-10% Just Starting

BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES

Twin Lakes (7,000')  - 0%
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) 0-10% Just Starting
Conway Summit (8,143) - 0%
Summers Meadow (7,200') - 0% 

LEE VINING 

Tioga Pass (9,943') 0-10% Just Starting
Lee Vining Canyon (6,781') - 0%
Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858') -0%

BENTON & 120 EAST 

Sagehen Summit (8,139’) 0-10% Just Starting

JUNE LAKE LOOP

June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654') 0%
Parker Lake (8,000') 0%

MAMMOTH LAKES

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Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996') 0%

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK/CONVICT LAKE

McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) 0%
Around Crowley community (6,781') 0%
Convict Lake (7850') 0%

ROCK CREEK CANYON

Rock Creek Road (9,600’) - 0-10% Just Starting

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