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Wind Tonight! Color Tomorrow?

Tue ,14/10/2014
Convict Lake Resort (10/11/14) Bruce Williams/Oak Valley Photography

Convict Lake Resort (10/11/14) Bruce Williams/Oak Valley Photography

Reports from Mono County are indicating strong winds tonight.  Though, will that mean color will be gone with the wind? Mono County had a spectacular past weekend for color and peak conditions continue in several areas.  Color spotter Alicia Vennos reports a few areas of the Eastern Sierra at lower elevations have yet to turn, including: Lower Rock Creek Rd, Lower Tioga Pass Rd and Lower Lundy Lake Rd.  She will be providing an assessment which we’ll report when received, tomorrow.  Look to our Twitter feeds for the latest updates.

Rock Creek (10/134/14) Alicia Vennos

Rock Creek (10/134/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek (10/134/14) Alicia Vennos

Rock Creek (10/134/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Pie in the Sky has baked its last pie [sniff] (10/13/14) Alicia Vennos

Pie in the Sky has baked its last pie [sniff] (10/13/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek Rd. (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Rock Creek Rd. is at full peak from Tom’s Place to East Fork, three miles from U.S. 395.  GO NOW! 

Upper Rock Creek Canyon – Past Peak - Above East Fork, it’s past peak.  A sure sign is that Pie in the Sky has stopped baking pies.  They pass thanks to everyone who dropped in for a slice this past year.  Until next spring, no more pies (sniff). YOU MISSED IT! 

Lower Rock Creek Rd (10/13/14) Alicia Vennos

Lower Rock Creek Rd (10/13/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Lower Rock Creek Rd. (Just Starting – 10 – 50%) - The aspen groves that line Rock Creek south of Tom’s Place are just now turning and should survive the wind.  This hike should be lovely this weekend.  Alicia warns to look out for mountain bikes, as this is a multi-use trail.

Little Green Church at Crowley Lake (10/12/14) Alicia Vennos

Little Green Church at Crowley Lake (10/12/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Crowley Lake (Peak – 75 – 100%) - The little green church at Crowley lake is embraced by fall color. GO NOW! 

Convict Lake Resort (10/13/14) Bruce Williams/Oak Valley Photography

Convict Lake Resort (10/13/14) Bruce Williams/Oak Valley Photography

Convict Canyon (10/14/14) Alicia Vennos

Convict Canyon (10/14/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Convict Lake (Peak – 75 – 100%)  - Convict Lake Resort has beautiful fall color.  Let’s hope tonight’s winds leave it on the branches. The Canyon as a whole is at peak with vibrant colors. Color spotter Charles “JR” Porter notes the change this year has been somewhat different from the past few years. He’s seeing more yellow and brown with the green. In some areas of the canyon you will find foliage that is still green and in the same vicinity you will see leafs that have already run their course.   Stating at the bottom of the canyon you find plenty of spectacular colors as you make you way up to the lake. There is a combination of intense yellows, brilliant oranges and recently more traces of brown along the lower creek. The campground/resort section of the canyon is very close to peak.  The fall colors in this area are spectacular and are starting to show bright yellows and oranges. The foliage along the lake has increased in intensity. The shoreline is traced with a line on yellow, brown, green and orange.  At the back of the lake a dazzling ribbon of yellow is snaking its way up the lower section of the canyon. The higher elevation foliage at the back of the lake has reached it’s peak. GO NOW! 

Parker Lake (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT!  June Lake Loop (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Color along the June Lake Loop is mature with red, orange and yellow.  Some areas have begun to drop leaves.  A few sections along the loop remain green and lime, though most are at full peak. GO NOW! 

Walker Lake (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Cottonwood are showing nicely gold. GO NOW! 

Tioga Pass/Lee Vining Road – Past Peak YOU MISSED IT! 

Lundy Lake (10/14/14) Jamie Lau

Lundy Lake (10/14/14) Jamie Lau

Lundy Canyon (Peak – 75 – 100%) - The Lundy Lake Rd and trail are at peak. GO NOW! Conway Summit (Peak – 75 – 100%) - Jamie Lau caught this beautiful shot of a yellow aspen-lined path at Lundy Lake, today.  who knows whether it will be there by tomorrow.

GO NOW!  Virginia Lakes (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT! 

Green Creek, Buckeye Creek, Summers Meadow (Past Peak) YOU MISSED IT! 

Sonora Pass/Leavitt Meadow (Peak – 75 – 100%) - On the downhill side of peaking.

GO NOW!  Walker, Coleville, Topaz (Just Starting – 10 – 50%) - Cottonwood are lime and yellow.

Finally… June Is Bustin’ Out All Over!

Wed ,08/10/2014

AV - June Lake Loop 1 - 10--6

Gull Lake (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

Gull Lake (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

Grant Lake (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

Grant Lake (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! Peak (75 – 100%) June Lake Loop - Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos reports “It’s like the switch just flipped and Mono County is spectacular everywhere right now, including the June Lake Loop, Lundy Canyon, Convict Lake, Conway Summit, Summer’s Meadow/Green Creek Road and Log Cabin Road (at the bottom of Tioga Pass Road!).

These photos attest to the dramatic turn around in color at lower elevations.  She predicts that “this weekend (and next) will be a photographer’s dream.” Plus, what could be better than fall color and beer!?  The June Lake Autumn Beer Festival starts Saturday, Oct. 11 at Gull Lake Park. CLICK HERE for more details.

Bloody Canyon Trail (10/5/14) Alicia Vennos

Bloody Canyon Trail (10/5/14) Alicia Vennos

Little Walker Lake (10/5/14) Alicia Vennos

Little Walker Lake (10/5/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! Peak (75 – 100%) Little Walker Lake - Aspen above Little Walker Lake on the Bloody Canyon trail to Sardine Lakes are incredible right now.  This is a strenuous hike, so plan accordingly.  The aspens around the south-west end of Little Walker Lake itself are just starting but should be peaking by next week!  To get to Little Walker Lake, take the Parker Lake Road exit from the north end of the June Lake Loop/Hwy. 158 and follow the signs to Walker Lake Trailhead.

Log Cabin Rd (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

Log Cabin Rd (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

Log Cabin Rd (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

Log Cabin Rd (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

Log Cabin Rd (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

Log Cabin Rd (10/6/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! Peak (75 – 100%) –  Log Cabin Road - Peaking at higher elevations.  This dirt road is located at the bottom of the Tioga Pass Road near Lee Vining — it is in fairly good shape with some steep, rocky sections.  At the historical cabins, it is advised to park and walk to the best viewpoints which are another 1.5 – 2 miles.

Upper Conway Summit (10/7/14) Alicia Vennos

Upper Conway Summit (10/7/14) Alicia Vennos

Lower Conway Summit (10/7/14) Alicia Vennos

Lower Conway Summit (10/7/14) Alicia Vennos

Summer's Meadow (10/7/14) Alicia Vennos

Summer’s Meadow (10/7/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! Peak (75 – 100%) –  Conway Summit – US 395 between Lee Vining and Bridgeport is gorgeous right now, both on the south and the north sides.  Green Creek Road and Summer’s Meadows just south of Bridgeport are also peaking.

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Fall Color Hike: Lundy Canyon Trail

Thu ,02/10/2014
Fall color edges the Lundy Canyon Trial (9/28/14) Alicia Vennos

Fall color edges the Lundy Canyon Trail (9/28/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! Near Peak (50 – 75%) Mammoth Lakes Basin - Twin Lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin is at peak with beautiful orange colors.  Other lakes in the basin either lack fall color or are still patchy. Color spotter Kevin Lennox reports erratic uniformity of color among the trees in the Lakes Basin.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Laurel Canyon – Very little color showing at base, though about a fourth of trees have turned at the top of the canyon.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Convict Lake - Convict has lots of yellow just appearing around the lake; Convict Canyon has a way to go.

GO NOW! Near Peak (50 – 75%) - McGee Creek Canyon – Gorgeous color above 8,500′

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Crowley Lake - Very little color is showing, as yet.

Lower areas of the Lundy Canyon trail are still green (9/28/14) Alicia Vennos

Lower areas of the Lundy Canyon trail are still green (9/28/14) Alicia Vennos

Peak color is found higher along the Lundy Canyon trail and near waterfalls (9/28/14) Alicia Vennos

Peak color is found higher along the Lundy Canyon trail and near waterfalls (9/28/14) Alicia Vennos

Lundy Canyon (9/28/14) Alicia Vennos

Lundy Canyon (9/28/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! Near Peak (50 – 75%) – Lundy Canyon Trail – Color Spotter Alicia Vennos of Mono County picks Lundy Canyon as a peak hike for this weekend.  She reports color at peaking along the trail and in waterfall areas though the Lundy Lake Road and the lake itself are still green.  That means the color should be good not just this weekend, but for the following week (wind and weather permitting).

Patchy (10 – 50%) – June Lake Loop - A mix of green, lime and yellow color the aspen surrounding the June Lakes. Brush are painting surrounding mountainsides auburn and orange. June Lake has at least a week to two weeks before peaking.

GO NOW! Peak (75 – 100%) – Saddlebag Lakes - Upper Tioga Pass is at full peak.  There aren’t many aspen in this area, though riparian color is beautiful.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Lee Vining Canyon – Similar to June Lakes, it has a way to go before full color.

YOU MISSED IT! Past Peak – Upper Virginia Lakes Road – Wind stripped turned trees at Virginia Lakes, last weekend.

Patchy (10 – 50%) Lower Virginia Lakes Road - Wind swept aspen surrounding Virginia Lakes lost their leaves this past week. Color spotter Steve Wolfe reported “The last half of Virginia Lakes Road at Conway Summit is past peak, with lots of leafless stands, but the first half… is still just this side of “patchy”, with green, lime and yellow stands.”

GO NOW! Peak (75 – 100%) – Sonora Pass - Most of the color to be seen along Sonora Pass is on the eastern side of the pass. Higher elevations are at full peak with lower groves of aspen a mix of yellow and green.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Walker/Coleville - Very little yellow and orange color is showing among the willows and cottonwood.

Near Peak (50 – 75%) – Monitor Pass – Wind stripped some of the turned color this past week, but leaves that hadn’t turned are now coloring up.  Color Spotter Kimberly Kofala reports the white trunks of the aspen contrast nicely with the new color.

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Rabbitbrush, Grasses and Willows Color Up

Wed ,01/10/2014
Dunderberg Lake (9/27/14) Kimberly Kofala

Dunderberg Lake (9/27/14) Kimberly Kofala

AN - June Lake Deer 9-27

Deer, Eastern Sierra (9/27/14) Alena Nichols

Just because an area is reporting patchy color doesn’t mean it’s not yet beautiful, as these photos attest. We’ve often recommended looking to the ground for some of the best fall color. Color spotter Kimberly Kofala found this beautiful shot of grasses along the edge of Dunderberg Lake in Mono County, Joe Pollini, from Bishop provides his town’s first report, stating that the rabbitbrush are “fully blooming with brilliant yellow,” Alena Nichols and Nick Barnhart found beauty in the woods and along the hillsides, and John Brissenden of Sorenson’s Resort shot golden-orange willows rising above a short-lived snowfall.

Look to the ground, not to the sky to see rabbitbrush (10/1/14) Joe Pollini

Look to the ground, not to the sky to see rabbitbrush near Bishop (10/1/14) Joe Pollini

Rabbitbrush are brilliant yellow in autumn, distant trees are just tinged with yellow (10/1/14) Joe Pollini

Rabbitbrush near Bishop are brilliant yellow in autumn, distant trees are just tinged with yellow (10/1/14) Joe Pollini

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Bishop – Rabbitbrush are brilliant yellow. Cottonwood are beginning to flush with yellow and lime.  Isolated trees are turning faster.

Patchy (10 – 50%) – June Lake - Color spotters Alena Nichols and Nicholas Barnhart reinforce the theme of looking to the ground, with Alena’s photo of an Eastern Sierra deer camouflaged amidst the fall foliage and Nick’s shot of Silver Lake, with color seen painting the Sierra hillsides.  Scenes like this are right next to the road throughout the Eastern Sierra.

A dusting of snow on Saturday just made meadow grasses stand out more near Sorenson's in the Hope Valley (9/27/14) John Brissenden

A dusting of snow on Saturday just made willows and meadow grasses stand out more near Sorenson’s in the Hope Valley (9/27/14) John Brissenden

Patchy (10 – 50%) – Hope Valley - John Brissenden reports that the willows at the Sorenson’s Resort are coloring orange-golden, though aspen are a mix of green, lime and yellow.

June Lake (9/28/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Silver Lake, June Lake Loop  (9/28/14) Nicholas Barnhart

Warm Temps, Warm Colors

Thu ,18/09/2014
Conway Summit (9/16/14) Robin Roberts

Conway Summit (9/16/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Mono County’s Color Spotter, Alicia Vennos reports warm temperatures in the Eastern Sierra, both at day and at night, are extending both the summer camping season and the show of fall colors.

She recommends to those who travel to Mono County this weekend, that prime fall color viewing areas are: Rock Creek (US 395 at Tom’s Place), the Mammoth Rock Trail (Mammoth Lakes), Virginia Lakes (between Lee Vining and Bridgeport) and Sonora Pass (Hwy 108).

Rock Creek Road (9/6/14) Robin Roberts

Rock Creek Road (9/6/14) Robin Roberts

Patchy (10-50%) Rock Creek Road - Yellow and lime lead up into the High Sierra.

Convict Lake (9/17/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Convict Lake (9/17/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Just Starting (0-10%) Convict Lake - A hint of yellow along the edge of the lake.

Mammoth Rock Trail (9/13/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Mammoth Rock Trail (9/13/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Just Starting (0 – 10%) Mammoth Rock Trail - Still lots of lime.

Sonora Pass (9/16/14) Robin Roberts

Sonora Pass (9/16/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Patchy (10-50%) Sonora Pass/Hwy 108 - Showing at about 15% of color.

Patchy (10-50%) Conway Summit - Color has progressed to 20%.

Parker Lake (9/14/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Parker Lake (9/14/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Patchy (10-50%) Parker Lake/June Lake Loop - Color is painting the upper slopes yellow, still too early for the big show. Access to fire June Lake is again fully open, following a fire at June Mountain that closed Hwy the Southern entrance to the June Lake Loop temporarily.  For the latest updates,  CLICK HERE.

Parker Lake Trail (9/14/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Parker Lake Trail (9/14/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Upcoming Events:

  • Fly Fishing Faire – Sept. 19-21, Mammoth Lakes
  • Hiking the Valley – Sept. 26-28, Walker/Coleville
  • Deer Hunter BBQ – Oct. 4, Walker/Coleville
  • June Lake Autumn Beer Festival – Oct. 11, Gull Lake Park, June Lake
  • “Ambush at the Lake” fishing derby – now through Nov. 15, 2014,  Convict Lake Resort
  • Bodie Photographer Days – Sept. 20 and Oct. 18, Bodie State Historic Park

For more information on these event as well as lodging and camping, air service, fishing reports, hiking trails, CLICK HERE or call 800-845-7922.

Patches of Color Appearing in Mono County

Tue ,02/09/2014
Little Lakes Valley Trail (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Little Lakes Valley Trail (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Late summer wildflowers,  Little Lakes Valley Trail (9/1/14)   Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Late summer wildflowers, Little Lakes Valley Trail (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Just Starting – Rock Creek. With nighttime temperatures dipping into the low 40s, color spotter Alicia Vennos says the first hints of color are gracing the aspen of Mono County. Rock Creek is a perennial season leader in this part of the Eastern Sierra.  Though, as of Labor Day (Sept. 1), just a few trees around the Rock Creek Lake area (9800′) were showing patches of color.

Rock Creek Road (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek Road (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Along the Little Lakes Valley trail at the end of Rock Creek Road, the lake grass is a gorgeous blend of lime green and gold, and some hardy wildflowers are still hanging on to summer — the contrast with the reddening underbrush is delightful.

Rock Creek Road (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek Road (9/1/14) Alicia Vennos/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek Road Construction:  please note that much-needed road improvements — including the addition of a new bicycle lane — are taking place on Rock Creek Road, mid-week/non-holidays, so expect delays. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Just Starting – McGee Creek Canyon

McGee Creek Canyon and Devils Postpile are also reported to be starting to change, again at 0-10%.

June Lake

Plan a visit around the June Lake Autumn Beer Festival, Sat., Oct. 11.  The new June Lake Brewery, which opened in summer, will be joined by several craft brewers for the second annual festival at Gull Lake park.  For more info, CLICK HERE.

Mono County Lodging – For lodging options by community/town and the best deals, visit MonoCounty.org.

“Magnificent Mono

Thu ,17/10/2013
June Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Mono County has come into magnificence with reports from color spotter Alicia Vennos of areas of this Eastern Sierra County that we haven’t seen previously.  This is most definitely the weekend to head to the East Side.  Now that the federal shutdown has ended, Yosemite National Park has reopened (Tioga Pass remained open throughout the shutdown).  So, this is likely the last, best weekend to head across the Sierra through Yosemite (Hwy 120 – The Tioga Road).

McGee Creek Canyon (10/16/13) Ethan James

McGee Creek Canyon (10/16/13) Ethan James

McGee Creek Canyon (10/16/13) Ethan James

McGee Creek Canyon (10/16/13) Ethan James

GO NOW! 75 – 100% – McGee Creek Canyon - Alicia reports that “There is a real mix of color right now at McGee — some trees are past peak, some are perfect, and others are still tiptoeing towards lime green and yellow.  The campground area is the richest in color, right now, but the hiking trail has some gorgeous gold and orange, too.

Convict Lake (10/16/13) Convict Lake Resort

Convict Lake (10/16/13) Convict Lake Resort

Silver Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Silver Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Convict Lake – The entire canyon is at peak. There are lots of spectacular colors to be seen on the ride to the lake, including intense yellow, brilliant orange and, recently, traces of burnt Sienna. This is about the last weekend to see full color at Convict Lake, as large sections along the upper creek above the lake are dropping their leaves.  If you’re going, take advantage of these deals and offers:

  • Convict Lake Resort is offering Fall Lodging Specials through Oct. 31st starting at $379+tax (Sunday thru Thursday – 2 Nights for 2 Persons).  Includes $100 Restaurant Credit & Full Day Motor Boat Rental.
  • Late Fall Lodging Specials from Nov 3rd to Nov. 15th starting at $199+tax (Sundaythru Thursday – 2 Nights for 2 Persons).  Includes Full Day Motor Boat Rental.
  • Convict Lake Resort’s annual fall fishing derby, “Ambush at the Lake” is happening now through Nov. 15, with $6,000 in resort prizes.  A $2,000 Cash Bonus Weekend occurs Nov. 1-3.
Double Eagle Resort & Spa, June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Ralph Lockhart

Double Eagle Resort & Spa, June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Ralph Lockhart

June Lake (10/14/13) Rachel Jackson

June Lake (10/14/13) Rachel Jackson

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – June Lake – 100% - Alicia reports that “It is pretty much perfection right now around everyone’s favorite “loop”, a.k.a. Hwy. 158″ We’ll add, that if you can get away, this is the prime weekend to see the June Lake Loop in all its glory.  We’ll probably be reporting past week, next week.  Ralph Lockhart at the Double Eagle Resort and Spa reports the entire north end of the June Lake Loop is “Exploding, right now.”

Therese LaChance Ely paints fall color at Parker Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Therese LaChance Ely paints fall color at Parker Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Parker Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

Parker Lake (10/12/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Parker Lake – 100% - This small, but majestic lake, attracts many young families, a few anglers, photographers and – this past weekend – even award-winning artist, Therese LaChance Ely, well-known for her “Sierra-scapes.”

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Lundy Lake - We’re amazed that Lundy has been so spectacular for so long.  This could be the last weekend to see it at peak.  Alicia describes it as “at peak and glorious, especially along Lundy Lake Road.” The popular hiking trail at the end of the dirt road, past Lundy Lake Resort, is past peak with just a few bright trees left.

Little Walker Lake (10/14/13) Alicia Vennos

Little Walker Lake (10/14/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Little Walker Lake – Little Walker is a beautiful, lesser-known lake in dramatic Bloody Canyon, just north of the June Lake Loop.  Directions:  At the north end of Hwy. 158, take Parker Lake Road and then the first right, following the signs.  The trail starts high with a lovely view down to the lake.

 

More Mono Images

Tue ,15/10/2013
Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

Here’s a selection of nice photos taken this past weekend in Mono County by Rachel Jackson.

June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

June Lake Loop (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

RJackson - Silver Lake 2

Silver Lake (10/13/13) Rachel Jackson

Mammoth/June – Simply Lovely, Losing It Higher Up

Tue ,15/10/2013
Mammoth Creek, Sunday  Evening (10/13/13) Susan Morning

Mammoth Creek, Sunday Evening (10/13/13) Susan Morning

Color spotter Edina Ingram reports that the Mammoth Lakes area is closer to full peak in lower elevations.  Jaganath Achari seconds her assessment and reports, after visiting  Mammoth and June Lakes this past weekend that, “it was busting in colors all over the place.”  

He added, “You really have no idea how many times I refresh your home page every day this season… Now eagerly waiting for your Napa/Sonoma and Shasta Cascade reports!”  OK, Jag, you’ve challenged us.  We’ll put out a report on the wine country this week.  From photos we’ve seen, some Sonoma County vineyards – it’s always spotty there- are 50%. 

Getting back to Mammoth/June, here’s the latest:

 

Convict Lake (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

Convict Lake (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

 

Gull Lake (10/13/13) Jaganath Achari

Gull Lake (10/13/13) Jaganath Achari

 

Aspen, Lundy Canyon (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

Aspen, Lundy Canyon (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

 

Conway Summit (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

Conway Summit (10/12/13) Jaganath Achari

GO NOW! – 50-75%  – 7,500′ Elevation and Below - Mammoth Creek and areas off Sherwin Creek Road in Mammoth Lakes are approaching or at full peak. 

GO NOW! – 75-100% – 8,000′ Elevation and Above - Similar to what’s happened at Rock Creek and Bishop Creek, areas above 8,000′ are beginning to die off with trees showing half their leaves.  You’ll find color leading up to these elevations, though increasingly less color the higher up you go.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – June Lake - Full Peak.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Conway Summit - Broad swaths of yellow aspen are turning orange, as Conway Summit continues to lag behind nearby canyons (Lundy, Virginia Creek, Twin Lakes).

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Twin Lakes, Bridgeport - This canyon tucked at the southwest end of the Bridgeport basin is often overlooked by leaf peepers and photogs, though it shouldn’t be.  Jaganath Achari didn’t miss visiting it on his trip to the East Side this past weekend and provides this panorama of the lakes, fringed with gold and backed by impressive Sierra peaks.  It’s worth a diversion, when traveling US 395 through Bridgeport… famous for its rustic cabins and fishing.

Twin Lakes, Bridgeport (10/13/13) Jaganath Achari

Twin Lakes, Bridgeport (10/13/13) Jaganath Achari

June Is Bustin’ Out All Over – Go Now!

Thu ,10/10/2013
Gull Lake, June Lakes (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Gull Lake, June Lakes (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

In the words of Rodgers and Hammerstein, “June is bustin’ out all over!”  We always get the most queries from color photogs and leaf peepers anxious about timing their visits to the Eastern Sierra and beautiful June Lake in Mono County, off US 395.  This week was no different.

Several wrote to us, nervous about what we’d report, as June hadn’t checked in for two weeks.  Well, pack your bags!  Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos has confirmed that June IS bustin out all over.

June Lake is a special place to see fall color because of its impressive… no, I’m sorry, I meant to say, IMPRESSIVE landscapes.  Massive, snow-draped peaks rise in the background, while dazzling color is reflected in mountain lakes in the foreground.  

That’s the scene at June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake and Grant Lake.   So, hold your breaths and adjust your white balance, as you’ll see auburn, flame red, pumpkin orange, cadmium yellow, lime green and azure blue.  We give it another week like this with full peak sometime next week, unless (fingers crossed) weather comes through.  But, why risk it?  Go now!

Here’s the latest from Mono County.

Conway Summit, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Conway Summit, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Convict Lake (10/10/13) Peter Chun

Convict Lake (10/10/13) Peter Chun

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Convict Lake - It is absolutely golden surrounding this pond.

GO NOW! 50 – 75% – Conway Summit - Broad swaths of flickering yellow, tinged with orange and lime are making Conway Summit a sight to behold.  It’s still just short of peak, but very close.  Don’t wait.  The risk of winds or weather stripping the trees from their majesty is just too great.  Go now!

June Lake, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake Foothills, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake Foothills, Mono County (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Grant Lake, June Lakes (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

Grant Lake, June Lakes (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake Loop (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

June Lake Loop (10/10/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – June Lake - This measurement is at the lower end of 75%.  Because of this, June Lake should have two weeks of good color.  Though, it is likely to peak early next week.  Conditions are ripe for great photography and leaf peeping this weekend.  For anyone who waited too long to see June peak, don’t blow it this year.  Go now!

Skiers and Riders: June Mountain ski area will be reopening again this winter, after a several year hiatus.  This is a fabulous ski mountain for families, boarders, and backcountry skiing (from a lift).  If you’ve not skied or ridden there previously, do yourself a favor and plan a trip this winter.  It’s great fun.

Lundy Lake, Mono County (10/8/13) Susan Johnson

Lundy Lake, Mono County (10/8/13) Susan Johnson

GO NOW! 75 – 100% – Lundy Lake - The aspen surrounding Lundy Lake are deep orange, the deepest color we’ve seen them carry in many years.  Don’t miss this spectacular show.  Go now before the wind knocks them from branches!

Past Peak – Upper Rock Creek - You missed it.

Rock Creek (10/10/13) Peter Chun

Rock Creek (10/10/13) Peter Chun

30 – 50% – Lower Rock Creek – Still glowing and turning at lower elevations, though it’s now half off in upper areas.