Mono County’s Colorful Fall Festivals
Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos reports that colors are “starting to brighten the landscape with gold, russet, orange and red, particularly in the Rock Creek Canyon, 20 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes.
15 – 30% – Rock Creek – Color spotter Donna Mercer, says about 20% of the trees along Rock Creek Road have turned to varying hues of gold, yellow, orange, with some red. If you’re heading there and have a sweet tooth, Pie in the Sky Café remains open daily through October 13. They’re world-famous for fresh, fruit, home-baked pies. The Café is located at Rock Creek Lake Resort near the top of Rock Creek Road (exit US 395 at Tom’s Place) – drop by and get your slice any time from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
0 – 15% – June Lake Loop – Aspen are turning lime green and yellow.
On Sat., Oct., 5, the community of June Lake plans its first June Lake Autumn Beer Festival. Festivities include a craft beer garden, live music by the Kalifornia Krauts, Eastern Sierra Master Chili Cook-off, pie-baking and photography Contests, food, crafts, games, raffles and more autumn fun. It all happens at the June Lake Community Center at Gull Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the June Lake Loop Chamber of Commerce. For more info, visit JuneLakeLoop.org or call 213-364-3989. Cost: $25 for 6 beer tastes, one meal, and various discounts from the vendors.
15 – 30% – Lee Vining, Lundy, Virginia Lakes and Twin Lakes Canyons – It’s still early for color up the canyons that stem from US 395 in northern Mono County. Though, aspen are showing signs of approaching brilliance.
0 – 15% – Walker/Coleville/Topaz – If barbecue is your fancy, the annual Deer Hunter’s Deep Pit Family BBQ in Walker/Coleville also occurs on Sat., Oct. 5. Just by attending, you’ll be welcomed as a member of these friendly communities. It begins at 5 p.m. at the Walker Community Bldg., just off U.S. 395. Be prepared to taste fabulous BBQ, prepared by the Lion’s Club using a secret recipe, plus dessert and all the trimmings. Dinner is $12 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger. There’s a raffle, too, benefiting the Lions Club which does a lot of good work in these isolated communities. CLICK HERE for more info.