Mono County Blushes Red

Upper Summers Meadow Rd. (10/8/19) Jeff Simpson

There is brilliant color throughout Mono County this week with full peak at Lobdell Lake Rd., Sonora Pass, Rock Creek Rd., McGee Canyon, Upper Summers Meadow, Lobdell Lake Rd. and Sonora Pass.

Mono County color spotter Jeff Simpson blushed with excitement when describing Upper Summers Meadow Rd. (Bridgeport) as the best he’s ever seen at that location, because of an impressive grove of red aspen that is splashed across the hillside amidst layers of yellow, lime and orange.

Approaching peak but with areas of patchy color are: Monitor Pass, the West Walker River, Bridgeport, Twin Lakes, Bridgeport, the upper sections of Lundy Canyon, Tioga Pass, the June Lake Loop and Convict Lake. Although these locations boast hot spots of yellow and orange leaves, they are still a week from peak.

Conway Summit, Lee Vining Canyon, and Crowley Lake are still pretty green at this point and will be Near Peak next week.

Don’t bother looking for color at Virginia Lakes, Sagehen Summit or the Mammoth Lakes Basin, as they’re Past Peak.

Here’s Jeff’s report from south to north.

  • Rock Creek Lake (9,600’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Rock Creek Lake is approaching Past Peak. Don’t delay. Peak color has dropped to 8,500’ with Near Peak and Patchy the further down the road that you are.
  • Crowley Community (6,781’) – Patchy (10-50%) – Color up the hill behind the community, but green in town.
  • McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Brilliant colors. Satisfaction guaranteed.
  • Convict Lake (7850′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Sections of nice color around the lake with some green on the back side still waiting to turn. Some sections are past peak and still a ways to go in others.
  • Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) – Past Peak, YOU MISSED IT!
  • June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – This is one of the prized areas to photograph in the Eastern Sierra, because of its lakes, surrounding peaks and lush groves of aspen. June Lake Loop barely topped 50% to qualify it for a Near Peak rating, as half the forest is still green. Nonetheless, there are brightly yellow stands along the loop with some sections that qualify as Past Peak. Given what’s now appearing and what is left to change, the June Lake Loop should be good for two more weeks.
  • Sagehen Summit (8,139’) – Past Peak, YOU MISSED IT!
  • Tioga Pass (9,943′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Sections of nice color with a mix of green and past peak depending on location. This area might not fully develop and could be past peak next week, due to its high elevation.
  • Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!Green around the lake and campground but peaking at the beaver ponds and up Lundy Canyon at the waterfalls.
  • Conway Summit (8,143’) – Patchy (10-50%) – Nice patches of yellow but still mostly green.
  • Twin Lakes (7,000’) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Nice bright orange colors in sections while others will still take another week.
  • Dunderberg Meadows (7,200’) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Summers Meadow (7,146’) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Upper Summers Meadow (10,300’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – As good as it gets and rated best ever seen, Red aspen. Must see.
  • Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – This area is looking spectacular with red groves. It also has lots of green which means it will last another week, perhaps two!
  • Sonora Pass (9,623′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Great color near the Leavitt Pack Station and at the top of the pass.
  • Walker Canyon, Walker, Coleville and Topaz (5,200′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – This is one of the earliest peaks for the Antelope Valley in memory. There’s still lots of green throughout the valley, though a beautiful mix.
  • Molybdenite Creek Trail (7,865’) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Drive the Little Walker River Rd. to hike Molybdenite Canyon and see peak colors (Hike of the Week). Rodriquez Flat and Mill Canyon are also at Peak.
  • Sweetwater Mountains (5,000 to 11,654’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – If you’re an angler, combine fishing with peak fall color along the East Walker River.
  • Monitor Pass (8,314′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Monitor Pass is still pretty green, but orange and yellow enough to be classified as Near Peak. The pass can, however, change quickly so getting there soon is advised.

Singing Its Praises

American Dipper, Parker Lake (10/5/19) Kathy Jonokuchi

Over the years, Southern California color spotter Kathy Jonokuchi has submitted photographs of wild birds, none more appropriate than the above shot of an American Dipper, Cinclus mexicanus, North America’s only aquatic songbird beside fall color reflected upon Parker Lake.

As, both Kathy and the dipper were singing the praises of fall color in the Eastern Sierra. Between outbursts of joy over the beautiful fall weather, the Dipper was dipping and diving, having a feast on aquatic larvae.

Kathy enjoyed clear skies, light breezes, cool weather and no mosquitoes during her weekend visit, noting that the color at Sagehen Summit is nearly Past Peak, though there was plenty of orange to be seen elsewhere.

Kathy continued to Bishop Creek Canyon on Oct. 6, finding the South Fork of Bishop Creek really popping near Surveyor’s Meadow. This was a weekend to sing its praises.


As Good As It Gets

Intake II, M Fork Bishop Creek Canyon (10/6/19) Dylan Ren

Right now, Bishop Creek Canyon is as good as it is gonna get this autumn.

Although it hasn’t peaked all at once, as some observers would like, the peak that is occurring is gorgeous.

Color spotters Jean Pan and Dylan Ren were among those who had delayed a trip to the Eastern Sierra, cancelling a trip the previous week because they’d read that it hadn’t yet peaked.

“Then suddenly I read that it was about to peak!” Jean wrote. They drove from San Diego to Bishop Creek Canyon on Saturday and, “It was beautiful as always!”

Here’s what they saw:

North Lake, N Fork Bishop Creek Canyon (10/6/19) Dylan Ren

Anirudh Natekar found North Lake, Lake Sabrina and South Lake Road all bursting with color and predicted the June Lake Loop and Aspendell could peak within a week. Here’s what he saw on Monday:

Lake Sabrina, M Fork Bishop Creek (10/7/19) Anirudh Natekar
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Over the Hump

Monitor Pass (10/7/19) Ryan Boyd

Color spotter Ryan Boyd went over the hump twice, today, crossing both Monitor (CA-89) and Ebbets (CA-4) Passes.

He found them both Near Peak and because they are known for short displays, our advice is to GO NOW!

Monitor Pass is the quickest route from Carson Pass (CA-88), through Markleeville to the Eastern Sierra, while Ebbets Pass is a lightly traveled route through the Central Sierra leading from the Mother Lode mining towns of Angel’s Camp, Murphys and Arnold.

Ebbets Pass (10/7/19) Ryan Boyd

Ryan had been in Mono County photographing Summers Meadow and Lobdell Lake, which he described as Near Peak, but with unturned green areas.

  • Lobdell Lake (9,200′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
  • Summers Meadow (7,200′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
  • Monitor Pass (8,314′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
  • Ebbets Pass (8,730′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

Round Valley Rabbitbrush and Other Colorful Tales

Rabbitbrush and Bees, Round Valley (10/5/19) GiGi de Jong

Rubber Rabbitbrush is positively iridescent in autumn.

A member of the aster family, rabbitbrush flowers brilliantly yellow from August to October as other plants fade, making it one of the most colorful of California’s fall plants.

Rabbitbrush, Pine Creek Canyon (10/5/19) GiGi de Jong

It thrives on arid rangelands to montane openings, even when the soil is poor, coarse or alkaline. Dense stands are often found on degraded rangelands, the U.S. Forest Service writes.

Native Americans used it as a yellow dye, for medicinal tea and chewing gum. The species name “Nauseosa” refers to the smell given off when leaves or flowers are crushed. Some think it smells like pineapple, others as rubbery.

It is that rubbery quality that has had it studied as a natural source of rubber and fuel. Throughout the Eastern Sierra, rabbitbrush is now carpeting the high plains with bright yellow clusters.

Eastern Sierra color spotter Gigi de Jong was moved by its beauty to praise it in reports from Pine Creek Canyon, Round Valley and Rock Creek Canyon near Bishop. Here’s what she reported:

  • Lower Pine Creek Canyon (7,400′) – Patchy (10-50%) – The black cottonwood along Pine Creek seem to be at odds with each other – some are brightly yellow and others are still verdantly green. This canyon has California’s finest display of cottonwood, at peak.
  • Upper Pine Creek Canyon (7,400′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Aspen at the top of the canyon look like beams of sunshine emanating from behind and inside a forest of evergreens. One line of aspen presented a golden invitation to hike the Gable Lakes trail.
  • Round Valley (4,692′) – Just Starting (0-10%) – The towering cottonwoods and oaks that dot Round Valley are just beginning to glow. Their golden crowns sway gently to light breezes above still-green grassy fields. Rabbitbrush are everywhere, brightening their wild fields like pure sunshine and perfuming the air like honey. Visitors to the Round Valley (north of Bishop) were out exploring, walking, photographing, taking hay rides, pleine air painting and, as Gigi did on her yellow BMW 650GS “Queen Bee,” enjoying a “spectacular” tour by motorbike.
  • Lower Rock Creek Canyon – Just Starting (0-10%) – Rock Creek Rd at Tom’s Place is just starting; the same for lower Rock Creek Trail, a famous mountain bike route.
  • Upper Rock Creek Canyon – Near Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – The drive up the canyon begins with green, then patches of yellow appear around Iris Campground. Orange and red splashes pop out further up. It’s a mash up of everything from green to yellow to red at Mosquito Flat. Fall started late, but the cold snap last week hurried the change … like someone arriving late to a party, determined to make a big entrance. There’s color everywhere and it’s not as uniform as it often is. That’s the beauty of Eastern Sierra … it always takes you by surprise. 

Mango Madness

Mango madness along the North Lake Road (10/6/19) Jared Smith

Bishop Creek color spotter Jared Smith has created a new description of individual aspen that are all at once green, lime, yellow, orange and red. He calls them “mangos, because they’re like a ripening mango. Get it?”

Mango aspen are all over Bishop Creek Canyon, right now. And, we share his opinion that the mangos make for “some awesome shots.”

He reports that cold last Sunday through Wednesday dulled some of the color that had peaked last week, though few leaves turned black and did little damage to most of the foliage that had yet to turn.

So, there’s plenty of color up Bishop Creek Canyon, though leaves are now falling everywhere. Nonetheless, “In the right light, especially in the afternoon hours, it’s stunning out there.” Here’s Jared’s latest report:

Bishop Creek Canyon Summaries

  • Above 8,500′ – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! – Expect Instagram and Facebook feeds to be blowing up with pictures from Bishop Creek this week, as it’s really looking great up here and what’s online is pretty impressive. There is still quite a bit of green yet to turn, but peak color can be found all over the canyon. A lot of the green is now turning yellow. Should the good weather hold, so will this epic scenery. GO NOW! Do not delay. It may be gone by next weekend at high elevations, especially along the South Fork of Bishop Creek. Other areas will remain spectacular for longer, conditions permitting.
  • Below 8,500′ – Patchy (10-50%) – Plenty of yellow is going off in patches all over the canyon, especially above 8,000′. None of the lower locations have been overtaken by yellow, but it’s showing among a sea of green. Having seen the rapid onset of color over the past week, I estimate Near Peak color in several locations by the end of the week. Some of these lower elevation locations can be spectacular, which bodes well for canyon visitors who can’t make it up until mid October or even later.

South Fork Bishop Creek

  • Weir Pond (9,650′) – Near Peak (50% – 75%) GO NOW! The aspen above the pond were hardest hit by the cold and wind, but there’s plenty of color here. The aspen along the road are really bright yellowish green and the back of the pond has some orange.
  • Parchers Resort (9,260′) – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! – The hillsides all around the resort have come on beautifully. Best viewed from within the resort or from below near Willow Camp.
  • Willow Campground (9,000′) – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! – Big time splash of color found its way to this area and the views up towards Parchers Resort are awesome.
  • Surveyors Meadow (8,975′) – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! Impossible to miss – just tons of color all around this spot. Lots of photographers and even a painting club made this their destination of choice this past weekend.
  • Table Mountain Camp (8,900′) – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! Watch out for photographers here because it seems they’re lining the road from morning to dusk. Great views and a splash of rosy orange still hanging tough and more color comes on every day.
  • Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8,350′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Lots of yellow has developed here, especially looking up canyon. Healthy happy aspen ready to make a big splash within the next week.
  • Four Jeffries (8,000′) – Patchy (10% – 50%) – Frequent splashes of color amidst the green … likely to be near peak soon. 
  • Big Trees Campground and Forks Campground (7,800′) – Just Starting – (0 – 10%)
Groves Above Cardinal Village, M Fork Bishop Creek (10/6/19) Anirudh Natekar

Middle Fork Bishop Creek

  • Lake Sabrina (9,150′) – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! – There is too much green to compare Sabrina now with what has shown in years past, but there is a whole lot of color, especially on the east shore where red patches give the appearance that the lake is on fire in places. We’re still on the low end of Peak and expect it to get even more spectacular, weather permitting.
  • Sabrina Campground to Sabrina Dam (9,000′) – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! – The aspen by Sabrina campground are looking surprisingly good considering they were peaking last week. The stretch from the campground to the dam is spectacular, but on the low range of peak.
  • Groves above Cardinal Village (8,550′) – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! This view is stealing the show on the middle fork of Bishop Creek. Lots of yellow and even a little bit of rose has consumed the shrubs from Cardinal Peak all the way down to the creekside groves adjacent to the old Cardinal Mine. With the Sierra crest as the backdrop, it’s hard to beat the view. There are some big turnouts here making for easy access for shutterbugs.
  • Aspendell (8,400′) – Patchy (10% – 50%) – Lots of color below and above this small neighborhood, but it’s worth a look for sure. Just below is Bishop Park Group Camp, and it’s stunning.
North Lake, N Fork Bishop Creek (10/6/19) Anirudh Natekar

North Fork Bishop Creek

  • North Lake (9,255′) – Peak (75%-100%) GO NOW! – North Lake developed quickly this past week, following a long period of green aspen. Jared noted pleasant surprise at how much color remained after the cold snap early in the week. Beautiful views and plenty of color still around and the road should just get better as the week goes on.

Weird Year

Rock Creek Lake, Mono County (9/30/19) Dakota Snider

This is a weird year for fall color. It’s been late in the Eastern Sierra, early in the Northern Sierra and too early to tell, elsewhere.

The trees are generally lush and full, and yet a few stands (Sorensen’s, Martis Creek) have been damaged by aspen blight or cold. We receive both beautiful photos of healthy stands and others showing distressed groves.

This is one of those years that no matter what we report, we’re gonna be both spot on and ridiculed.

Today, Lee Foster – a travel writer with whom I’ve traveled to see fall color – reported that he’d visited Bishop Creek and found disappointing color.

He spoke with Jared Smith at Parchers who agreed that some stands were affected by recent snow and cold, but Jared was optimistic that it would turn around once green leaves (of which there are many) begin changing. He predicted a much better show in coming days.

Case in point. Last week we posted a beautiful shot of Lundy Canyon. Today, we get the above two from Kim Suzanne Kovacs who reports “not tons of color” at Lundy Mine, but nice colors in the canyon “all the way to the trailhead.”

Yet, Mick Schaper’s shots from Bishop Creek show vibrant color beside lots of green yet to turn. He writes, “Trees are lush with all phases of color change. No wind, so very few fallen leaves and no bare trees.”

He urges going now and estimates that next week, “some small areas will be past peak, but in general, the color should be more widespread and peak conditions will be even better than now.”

I guess this autumn’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some see color, others see brown leaves.

Though I do worry that – because change in the Eastern Sierra is so late – once the green trees give up making chlorophyl, it will happen rapidly and if you’re not there exactly when it shifts, you’ll miss peak color at that location. So, no matter what, GO NOW!

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Sagehen Summit (10/1/19) Donna Mercer

It was shocking to read “YOU MISSED IT!” in Jeff Simpson’s report from Mono County (Eastern Sierra), today.

He’d just visited Virginia Lakes, expecting peak color, but instead found that wind and cold had wiped out aspen groves near 9,819′.

That’s always a possibility, though it was an unexpected one.

Aspen, Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/1/19) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Peak color still abounds near the Virginia Lakes at lower elevations, and elsewhere in Mono County similar elevations remain good.

Though, there is not the expected consistency this year that we saw in past years. Fall color conditions throughout Mono County vary wildly, depending on location and elevation. Only at the Virginia Lakes have you missed it entirely.

“Traditional fall favorites like Conway Summit, Lundy Canyon and Rock Creek are still trying to get going with mostly green and light green leaves,” though they should be popping next week.

Sagehen Summit (9/30/19) Dakota Snider

Yet, beautiful peak color can still be seen at Rock Creek Lake, McGee Creek Canyon, Sagehen Summit, Upper Summers Meadow, Lobdell Lake and in the Sweetwater Mountains.

As always, when we advise to “GO NOW!”, please go. We get often get responses to our entreaty, pleading, “but I’d planned to visit next week,” or “will it still be peaking the first week of November?”

Yes it will, but not at the place we’re reporting is peaking now.

Fall color is perishable. It has a two week appearance from Near Peak to Peak … at most. Sometimes it will be near peak and a day or two later, full peak, then drop. And, by the time we get a photograph (whether provided to us or we take it) and post it, a day or two has passed.

So, please. When “GO NOW!” is posted, we mean it. GO NOW! or YOU MISSED IT!

Parker Lake Trail (10/1/19) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Hikes of the Week: Molybdenite Canyon, McGee Creek, Parker Lake and Lundy Canyon.

Here’s Mono County from south to north along US 395 (reverse, if you’re heading south).

  • Rock Creek Lake (9,600’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Aspen are peaking at lake level.
  • Rock Creek Road (below 9,600’) – Just starting to Patchy (0-50%)
  • Crowley Community (6,781’) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – A tribute to the Oakland A’s with lots of yellow and green. Super hike.
  • Convict Lake (7850′) – Patchy (10-50%) – Color is developing slowly at the far end of the lake. Nice hike.
  • Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) – Patchy (10-50%) 
  • Devil’s Postpile National Monument (7,556’) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) – Just Starting (0-10%) – Plan on Oct. 15 for peak. Coming up a new event: Leaves In The Loop. 
  • Sagehen Summit (8,139’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – This is last call for Sagehen. Some groves are still orange, while others are near Past Peak. Should be over by next week.
  • Tioga Pass (9,943′)– Patchy (10-50%) – Green, except along the road to Saddlebag Lake.
  • Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′) – Just Starting (0-10%) Green.
  • Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′) – Patchy (10-50%) – Colorful at the Beaver Ponds, but green around the lake. Still a week from peak along the road.
  • Virginia Lakes (9,819’) – Past Peak YOU MISSED IT!
  • Conway Summit (8,143’) – Patchy (10-50%) – Mostly green.
  • Twin Lakes (7,000’) – Just Starting (0-10%) – Small changes are noticeable. Should be good about Oct. 15.
  • Molybdenite Creek Trail (7,865’) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Dunderberg Meadows (7,200’) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Summers Meadow (7,146’) – Just Starting (0-10%) – It’s showing at high elevations, but hasn’t run downhill, yet.
  • Upper Summers Meadow (10,300’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
  • Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Lovely mix of green, red, yellow and orange, though will peak slowly.
  • Sonora Pass (9,623′) – Patchy (10-50%) – Turning nicely near the Levitt Meadows Pack Station.
  • Walker Canyon, Walker, Coleville and Topaz (5,200′) – Patchy (10-50%) – This is a surprising start for the Antelope Valley with nice color along the West Walker River, and still green to turn ahead. Some trees have lost all leaves (early). Though Rodriquez Flat, Little Walker River Rd and Mill Canyon will be Near Peak this weekend
  • Sweetwater Mountains (5,000 to 11,654’) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – The East Walker River is doing the same on the east side of the Sweetwaters … showing early color though intensively.
  • Monitor Pass (8,314′) – Just Starting (0-10%) – Still very green on top. Waiting patiently, but patience wears thin.
  • Topaz (5,033’) – Just Starting (0-10%)

Bishop’s Back

Sabrina Camp, M Fork Bishop Creek (9/28/19) Julie Kirby

We’re back with more photos of Bishop Creek Canyon. Color spotter Julie Kirby sent them, showing more of the peak color that is now dominating the canyon.

Lake Sabrina, M Fork Bishop Creek (9/29/19) Julie Kirby

Julie’s photos were taken on Saturday, so a lot of the green and lime seen in them has now turned to yellow with all areas above 9,000′ at Peak.

Bishop Creek Canyon is peaking. This Eastern Sierra canyon, west of Bishop (US 395) in Inyo County, is often the first location in California to peak, and many believe that it is one of the most beautiful fall color destinations in North America.

What makes it so exceptional is that Bishop Creek is fed by three forks: south, middle and north. Paved roads travel beside each fork up separate canyons, ending at pristine lakes at 9,000’ in elevation. Beyond the lakes, Sierra peaks rise thousands of feet more to sawtooth peaks.

Often, snow covers these High Sierra peaks. Snow and the fall color (mostly aspen) reflect white, indigo, grey, red, orange, yellow and lime colors in the cobalt and turquoise waters of the lakes.

On evenings when cumulus clouds litter the sky, the setting sun illuminates the clouds with brilliant pink, purple, orange, red, blue, yellow and purple colors, that are reflected in the lakes.

It is this contrast of fall color, clear skies and the rugged majesty of the Sierra Nevada that exemplifies California Fall Color. This weekend and the following week such scenes will be common up Bishop Creek Canyon. It is a must-do experience that every Californian should witness, but it only happens for two weeks a year and that’s happening now.

Similarly, elevations above 9,000’ in Mono County (north of Inyo County) are now peaking. California’s first peak was reported there at Sagehen Summit and the Virginia Lakes (near Mono Lake).

Fall color was late to appear in the Eastern Sierra. That has been the general trend across the United States. Abnormal weather and precipitation have been blamed or credited for late or early appearances of fall color, according to a review of articles posted online.

In California, the Eastern Sierra is late by a week, the Northern Sierra (north of Lake Tahoe) and Southern Cascades are showing slightly early. All other areas of the state have not reported, significantly, which could mean they’re late or on time – it’s just too early to tell.

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How Sweet It is

Sweetwater Mountains (10/1/19) Bob Simms

Jackie Gleason, an early television sitcom comedian’s famous exultation was, “how sweet it is!” When it comes to fall color in Mono County’s Sweetwater Mountains, it surely is.

Outdoor broadcaster Bob Simms (KFBK1530 Sacramento) passed through Mono County last week to find little happening, then returned today to share these photos taken in the Sweetwaters.

Bob scores a First Report for the area (the first time anyone has reported fall color for a location), and that’s surprising, considering how widely Jeff Simpson, Alicia Vennos and other Mono County color spotters venture. Perhaps that’s because the Sweetwaters are only accessible by 4WD vehicle or pack animal.

The Sweetwater Mountains straddle the California/Nevada border, within Toiyabe National Forest and separate the West Walker River from the East Walker River.

I’m sure the rivers are what attracted Bob, as he’s a formidable angler and the consummate outdoorsman.

CLICK HERE to listen to last Saturday’s “Outdoor Show with Bob Simms in which we spoke about California Fall Color. Start the podcast at 21:00 to hear the report.

Better yet, tune in to KFBK 1530AM Saturday mornings from 5 to 8 a.m. or listen to his podcasts to hear his thorough reports on California’s outdoors and fishing.

  • Dunderberg Meadows -Patchy (10-50%)
  • Sweetwater Mountains – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!