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June Is Bustin’ Out All Over – Go Now!

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.

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Reflecting on Convict Lake – Go Now!

Convict Lake, Mono County (10/7/13) Susan Morning

Convict Lake, Mono County (10/7/13) Susan Morning

On reflection, Convict Lake – south of Mammoth Lakes- is picture-perfect, presently.  Color spotter Christie Osborne reports that color has now descended to 7,000′ in elevation approaching full peak at Mammoth Lakes.  Weather has been ideal with temps in the 60s and no wind. Nights remain cool in 20s and 30s, providing for optimal conditions to intensify fall color.

Convict Lake (10/7/13) Susan Morning

Convict Lake (10/7/13) Susan Morning

Convict Lake (10/7/13) Susan Morning

Convict Lake (10/7/13) Susan Morning

Convict Lake (10/7/13) Susan Morning

Convict Lake (10/7/13) Susan Morning

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Convict Lake – Picture-perfect reflections are to be seen in Convict Lake on still days, the color has blanketed the far end of the lake and along its banks with bright yellow.  There’s still some lime, so unless the color gets stripped, it should last a while.

GO NOW! 50-75% – Mammoth Lakes – Below 7,500′ – There’s lots of color to be seen along Sherwin Creek Road and Mammoth Creek, which hasn’t quite hit peak, but will soon.

GO NOW! 75-100% – Mammoth Lakes – Above 8,000′ – Full peak to past peak is occurring at the highest elevations in  The Sherwins above the town of Mammoth Lakes. 

Despite the Government Shutdown, there are plenty of fall color viewing options in and around Mammoth Lakes. For more information about color viewing and visiting Yosemite during the Government Shutdown, CLICK HERE. For deals on lodging, dining, and activities, CLICK HERE

 

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Tahoe Peaking at Brockway Summit (Hwy 267)

Brockway Summit (CA- 267) , Truckee (10/5/13) John Poimiroo

Brockway Summit (CA- 267) , Truckee (10/5/13) John Poimiroo

Lake Tahoe is approaching peak or at peak.

GO NOW! – 50-75% – North Shore Drive (Hwy 28) – Willows have turned chartreuse, aspen are 30 to 50% turned, exotic species of maple are red, orange and auburn with tinges of gold.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – West Shore (Hwy 89) – Aspen are between 30 and 50% turned, while willows and exotic maples have peaked.

Brockway Summit (10/5/13) John Poimiroo

Brockway Summit (10/5/13) John Poimiroo

GO NOW! – 75-100% – Brockway Summit (7,100′) – The Truckee side of Hwy 267 is peaking with aspen groves varying from 50% to full peak.  Beautiful orange and yellow-orange is seen in the grove farthest up the road.  Many bridal couples and models were getting photographed near an old shed in a meadow off the road.

GO NOW! – 50-75% – Truckee – Most of the aspen are between 30 and 50%, while willows, and exotic maple and rose hips are peaking.

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Northern Sierra Melody

Indisn Rhubarb, Butt Creek, Plumas County (10/2/13) Richard McCutcheon

Indisn Rhubarb, Butt Creek, Plumas County (10/2/13) Richard McCutcheon

Color spotter Richard McCutcheon sends this video (click link below) of color to be seen in the Northern Sierra (Plumas County). Here also are his gorgeous shots of big, orange, Indian Rhubarb fan leaves.

Northern Sierra Melody

Butt Creek, Plumas County (10/2/13) Richard McCutcheon

Butt Creek, Plumas County (10/2/13) Richard McCutcheon

Indian Rhubarb (10/2/13) Richard McCutcheon

Indian Rhubarb (10/2/13) Richard McCutcheon

Indian Rhubarb (10/2/13) Richard McCutcheon

Indian Rhubarb (10/2/13) Richard McCutcheon

GO NOW! – 75-100% – Butt Creek, Plumas County – Indian Rhubarb is at peak with big bunches of orange fan leaves.

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Worth A Thousand Words

Summers Meadow, Mono County (10/2/13) Jeff Simpson

Summers Meadow, Mono County (10/2/13) Jeff Simpson

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Now, You’re Talking – Full Peak Bishop Creek

Phtographer on the North Lake Road, Bishop Creek Canyon, Inyo County (10/2/13) Krisdina Karady

Phtographer on the North Lake Road, Bishop Creek Canyon, Inyo County (10/2/13) Krisdina Karady

This week’s photos and report from Jared Smith of Parcher’s Resort in Bishop Creek Canyon has the high country at full peak.  Corresponding reports from color spotters indicate that several areas are approaching Past Peak, so this is a definite Go Now! alert.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – FULL PEAK – Overall Conditions above 8,500 ft  

 

Aspen leaves damaged by last weekend's weather (10/2/13) Krisdina Karady

Aspen leaves damaged by last weekend’s weather (10/2/13) Krisdina Karady

 

Aspen leaves, showing effects of weather (10/2/13) Jon Klusmire

Aspen leaves, showing effects of weather (10/2/13) Jon Klusmire

The bitter cold and wind experienced up Bishop Creek Canyon last weekend had the expected effect on some of the groves that had already fully turned, namely the leaves began to fall or the brilliant color turned dull auburn or even black. Thankfully, there was huge percentage of color that had just started to turn and thus weathered the cold quite well and the cold snap kicked into gear much of the color that had yet to change. The overall result was a fast transformation of much of the lower lying aspen and willows along the road or creek. While some of the higher scrub aspen are bare now, the older growth trees have made up for it and the views are still absolutely spectacular.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Overall Conditions below 8,500 ft

The cold snap over the weekend caused a dramatic change in the mid elevation aspen turning entire groves of dark green or lime green into brilliant yellow with hints of orange.  There have even been changes in the color as low as 7500ft in just a week’s time. Expect many of these areas to peak over the course of the next week provided the cold weather and wind stay moderate.

Location Specific Reports

GO NOW! – 75-100% – South Lake Rd above Mt. Glen Camp (8,600 ft) – Some of the smaller scrub aspen have gone bare but the majority of the color remains and has turned brilliant yellow with quite a bit of orange showing. A few very obvious pockets of red are also adding to a spectacular view.

GO NOW! – 50-75% – Mountain Glen Campground (8,400 ft) – There is a ton of yellow here with most of the aspen along the creek and on the hillside adjacent to the road showing beautiful color. Not much in the way of orange or read hues but the yellow is brilliant and the lime green is too. If Mother Nature behaves we should have some peak color here by next week’s report.

Mist Falls, South Fork Bishop Creek (10/2/13) Jared Smith

Mist Falls, South Fork Bishop Creek (10/2/13) Jared Smith

30 – 50% – Mist Falls (8,350 ft) – This area continues to progress slower than other areas of Bishop Creek Canyon, though is now hovering about 50% turned. The majority of the yellow is just above or to the right of the waterfall.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Groves above Cardinal Village & Aspendell (8,550 ft) – The groves above Cardinal Village are fully turned and look spectacular with the crest in the backdrop. The lower lying aspen around Cardinal Village are now in full peak display. Aspendell has a fair amount of green still hanging around but if you take into account all of the color between the North Lake turnoff and the village of Aspendell, the average would be somewhere in the 75% range

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Sabrina Campground (9,000 ft) – Time to get up here, glorious views along the creek with brilliant yellow reflecting in the slow moving stream. Much of the orange and red along the road which peaked first is gone, but there is still plenty of peak or almost peak color here.

 

South Fork Bishop Creek (10/2/13) Jon Klusmire

South Fork Bishop Creek (10/2/13) Jon Klusmire

30-50% – Forks, Four Jeffries, Big Trees & Bishop Park Camgrounds (8,000 ft – 8,300 ft) – Quite a bit of color developing in these areas. Still, the color is probably closer to 30% than 50% but some areas, like the groves just above Four Jeffries for instance, is closer to the 50% of peak color.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Table Mountain Camp (8,900 ft) – The cold snap last week put this grove into high gear and it is near or at peak now with gorgeous orange hues with yellow and lime in the background. The meandering stream flowing through the meadow can make for some spectacular views right now.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Surveyors Meadow (8,975 ft) – While much of the color is past peak now, there is still so much color here that I’m still rating it in the 75 – 100% range. The best of the color is along the creek, along the road and looking up towards the Tyee Ridge…simply stunning with a few pockets of bright red still showing.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Willow Campground (9,100 ft) – Probably closer to 75% than 100% but this area is certainly going off right now with color. The campground itself, the aspen lining the road near the beaver dam and old growth groves just above the campground as spectacular.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Parchers Camp – Some of the smaller scrub aspen groves were lost this past week to cold and wind.  However, there is still so much color surrounding the resort that peak color is accurate. The hillside looking up towards Coyote Ridge is unbelievable right now with far more orange and red than we’re used to seeing. Spectacular views of the surrounding hillsides are showing all day long and the aspen within the resort property and along Green Creek are also showing spectacular color.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Weir Pond (9,700 ft) – While the scrub aspen above the pond are now past peak, the aspen along the road, pond and the view up towards South Lake are in full peak color. Reds, limes, orange and yellow is all there.

 

Sabrina Lake, Bishop Creek Canyon, Inyo County (10/2/13) Jon Klusmire

Sabrina Lake, Bishop Creek Canyon, Inyo County (10/2/13) Jon Klusmire

 

Bishop Creek, Below Sabrina Lake (10/2/13) Jon Klusmire

Bishop Creek, Below Sabrina Lake (10/2/13) Jon Klusmire

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Lake Sabrina (9,150 ft) – The best views of the lake have come and gone but just below the dam has exploded with color. The bridge and the two ponds just below the dam are also incredibly vibrant with a good showing of red to go along with yellow.

North Lake Road. Bishop Creek Canyon, Inyo County  (10/2/13) Krisdina Karady

North Lake Road. Bishop Creek Canyon, Inyo County (10/2/13) Krisdina Karady

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North Lake Road, Bishop Creek Canyon, Inyo County (10/2/13) Krisdina Karady

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – North Lake (9,255 ft) – This is another difficult area to grade as different parts of the lake and surrounding  area peak at different times. The hillside above North Lake itself is past peak but still showing lots of color, including some nice red hues. The groves along the road however are spectacular and in full peak color. Some of the groves up near the campground have some change coming yet.

30 – 50% – Intake II  (8,100 ft) – Groves above the lake are past peak now but the color is just now starting to pop around the shoreline of this small lake. I’ll bet this area will be truly spectacular in the coming week.

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Mammoth Lakes – Color Intensifies – Go Now!

Sherwin Creek Road, Mammoth Lakes (10/1/13) Susan Morning

Sherwin Creek Road, Mammoth Lakes (10/1/13) Susan Morning

Edina Ingram reports that predictions of  warm days and cool nights are expected to sustain intense color to be found in and around Mammoth Lakes. Presently, Mammoth Lakes is peaking or approaching peak.

GO NOW! – Full Peak at all elevations above 8,000′ – The Sherwins and all mountainous areas surrounding the town of Mammoth Lakes are at full peak.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Between 7,000 and 8,000′ – Color is approaching peak along the Sherwin Creek Road, with plenty of green and lime seen on the edges of stands of red, orange and yellow quaking aspen.

Mono County Supplementary Report

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Summers Meadow, Mono County (10/2/13) Jeff Simpson

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Summers Meadow – This is one of Mono County’s lesser-known, spectacular fall color destinations.  It is only a few miles off U.S. 395. To find Summers Meadow, take the Green Creek Road turnoff, five miles south of Bridgeport. Follow a dirt road about a mile to the first right,  “Lower Summers Meadow Road.” The best colors are located four to five down this graded dirt road that is suitable for any type vehicle.

GO NOW! 75 – 100% – McGee Creek Canyon – McGee Creek is at full peak and glowing with yellow and orange aspen.

Government Shutdown: the federal shutdown has not limited color viewing in the Mammoth Lakes area.  U.S. National Forests and BLM lands remain open, though no services are available.  Devil’s Postpile National Monument has closed, temporarily. For details and suggestions on what to do in the area, visit : http://9nl.me/park-closure.

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Bishop Creek Canyon at Full Peak – GO NOW!

Surveyor's Meadow, Bishop Creek Canyon (9/26/13) Krisdina Karady

Surveyor’s Meadow, Bishop Creek Canyon (9/26/13) Krisdina Karady

 

Now is the optimal time to travel US 395 to Bishop and tour the Bishop Creek Canyon.  Almost all areas of the canyon are at full peak.  Peak color will continue at lower elevations in coming weeks, but not much longer at higher elevations.  Photos are showing that wind is beginning to brush turned leaves from trees, so GO NOW!

Jared Smith provides this report from Parcher’s Resort in the Bishop Creek Canyon.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Overall Conditions above 8,500 ft  – The higher reaches of the canyon is going off right now with many areas peaking, some areas nearing peak and a few of the highest areas past peak. There is still a fair amount of green along the roadside between Mt. Glen Campground and Willow Camp but the aspen everywhere else is showing big time color. We did have some serious wind this week along with a little snow which stripped a few exposed groves but the majority of the color survives and is going strong.

GO NOW! – 30 – 50% – Overall Conditions below 8,500 ft – Quite a bit of color showing between Bishop Creek Lodge and Table Mountain Camp but there still a whole lot of green showing as well. Below the lodge the green is beginning to turn to a bright lime but very little yellow is showing. On the middle fork, Aspendell and Cardinal Lodge are lightening quite a bit but most of the brilliant color is above Aspendell.

Location Specific Reports

GO NOW! – 75-100% – South Lake Rd above Mt. Glen Camp (8,600 ft) – Most of this stretch is nearing or at peak color with the green remaining mostly along the road. The next 7 days will likely be the best bet for these groves.

30 – 50% – Mountain Glen Campground (8,400 ft) – Quite a bit of color developing here but the best is definitely yet to come. This area is closer to 30% than 50% color.

30 – 50% – Mist Falls and the groves above Bishop Creek Lodge (8,350 ft) – This area is certainly changing but is progressing slower than many of the other areas, good news for those planning to visit over the next two to three weeks. The majority of the yellow is just above or to the right of the waterfall.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Groves above Cardinal Village & Aspendell    (8,550 ft) – The groves above Cardinal Village are fully turned and look spectacular with the crest in the backdrop. The lower lying aspen around Cardinal Village and Aspendell still contain a lot of green but most have started to turn from a dark green to a bright lime green.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Sabrina Campground (9,000 ft) – Tons of color popping here still. Along the road there is still quite a bit of red, orange and yellow. The campground is turning now as well.

0-15%% – Forks, Four Jeffries, Big Trees & Bishop Park Camgrounds (8,000 ft – 8,300 ft) – No yellow to speak of in these areas but the aspen are certainly turning to lime green in most of these areas. These areas tend to peak quite a bit later than the higher reaches of the canyon so look for these areas to start looking their best around the end of the month or early October depending on the weather.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Table Mountain Camp (8,900 ft) – There has been quite a transformation here over the past week with much of this grove going from lime green to hues of orange, yellow and red in just a few days. There are still some beautiful lime green aspens mixed in with the brilliant fall color making for a great contrast of colors.

GO NOW! – Peak Color – Surveyors Meadow (8,975 ft) – This area is currently in full peak color. Some of the highest aspens were stripped due to wind this week but the majority of the aspen are absolutely brilliant right now including the trees along the road and along the stream. It’s unclear how long this area will hold onto the peak color but we’re hoping at least a week more. Some really cool red hues are showing on the hillside just above the meadow looking towards the Tyee Lakes Ridge.

GO NOW! – 50 – 75% – Willow Campground (9,100 ft) – The color along the road is finally starting to pop while the grove on the mountain above the camp and to the south of the campground are fully turned. Plenty of green still left here which brings the overall rating down to the current mark.

Parcher's Camp (9/26/13) Krisdina Karady

Parcher’s Camp (9/26/13) Krisdina Karady

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Parchers Camp – While some green persists on the resort grounds, hills all around are lit up with yellow, orange and a tad bit of red. The wind did strip one grove clean but the majority of the aspen survived.

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Weir Pond (9,700 ft) – The grove above the pond was mostly stripped by the wind but there is still color there. Having said that, the aspen all around the pond and along the road are really popping and look amazing. There is still some color left to turn but it’s pretty dang close to peak color here.

Sabrina Approach, Bishop Creek Canyon (9/26/13) Krisdina Karady

Sabrina Approach, Bishop Creek Canyon (9/26/13) Krisdina Karady

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Lake Sabrina (9,150 ft) – The aspen at the lake have actually peaked or are at peak while the groves just below the dam are looking super bright and quite stunning. The slow moving creek below the dam provides excellent reflections of the color during parts of the day.

North Lake Road, Bishop Creek Canyon (9/26/13) Krisdina Karady

North Lake Road, Bishop Creek Canyon (9/26/13) Krisdina Karady

GO NOW! – Peak Color – North Lake (9,255 ft) – North Lake consists of varied elevations and groves which pop at different times making this a difficult area to rate. The grove above the lake have already peaked and some of the grove has been stripped by the wind. However, the aspen surrounding the lake, below the lake and along the road are in full peak color and look amazing. Still some green left to turn along the dirt road section before the pack outfit turnoff so it should be great for a while yet.

30 – 50% – Intake II  (8,100 ft) – The groves above the lake have fully turned and the groves on the far side of the lake along the shoreline are starting to turn quite nice. The aspen in the campground and on the west shore are still quite green with just a little yellow turning.

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Pine Creek Canyon, Inyo County (9/23/13) Bart Godett

Pine Creek Canyon - Good Depiction of 15 - 30% Change (9/24/13) Bart Godett

Pine Creek Canyon – Good Depiction of 15 – 30% Change (9/23/13) Bart Godett

Pine Creek Canyon, Inyo County (9/24/13) Bart Godett

Pine Creek Canyon, Inyo County (9/23/13) Bart Godett

15 – 30% – Pine Creek Canyon (7,000 ft) – Color spotter Bart Godett sends photos of orange and yellow appearing in Pine Creek Canyon at Upper Mine and near lower Morgan Lake, north of Bishop.  This is the first report we’ve received from Pine Creek.  Thanks, Bart! If you spot color in an area not seen on this site, take a picture and send it with a report to editor(at)californiafallcolor.com.

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Mono County – Pie Perfect – Go Now!

Pie in the Sky (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Pie in the Sky (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos sent  a little whimsy along with today’s report of fall color… a humorous shot of someone spotting a slice of fall color at Pie in the Sky along the Rock Creek Road.

Rock Creek

Hilton/Davis Trail, Rock Creek Lake (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Float Angler on Rock Creek Lake (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Float Angler on Rock Creek Lake (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Rock Creek Lake – Alicia writes, “Undaunted by recent wind and snow, the color shines on at Rock Creek in southern Mono County, particularly the upper section of Rock Creek Road at Rock Creek Lake where the red and orange hues are dazzling.”

Convict Lake (9/25/13) Alicia Vennos

Convict Lake (9/25/13) Alicia Vennos

10 – 20% – Convict Lake – The canyon is starting to show a few small pockets of gold and the yellow has increased. The aspens along the lower creek and in the campground are still showing green with a modest amount of yellow. The back of the lake and up the canyon is also showing signs of yellow but no brilliant colors to date. Still some time before Convict Canyon will be at its peak.

Early Snow on Aspen at Virginia Lakes (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Early Snow on Aspen at Virginia Lakes (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – Virginia Lakes – The early snowfall on Saturday, Sept. 21 created the perfect backdrop to the fall color along Virginia Lakes Road.

Green Creek Road, Red Aspen (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek Road, Red Aspen (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek Road, Red Aspen (9/21/13) Alicia Vennos

Colorful Aspen leaves in the Snow, Green Creek Rd. (9/27/13) Donna Mercer

Colorful Aspen leaves in the Snow, Green Creek Rd. (9/27/13) Donna Mercer

GO NOW! – 75 – 100% – A  stand of astonishingly red aspen are to be viewed along upper Green Creek Road.  Take Virginia Lakes Road from the top of Conway Summit (US 395 between Lee Vining and Bridgeport) and watch for the sign to Green Creek Road to the right/north. Green Creek is a wide dirt road in excellent shape and the color is magnificent right now.  75% at upper elevations; 30% at lower elevations.

Conway Summit (9/24/13) Alicia Vennos

Conway Summit (9/24/13) Alicia Vennos

0 – 15% – Conway Summit – Still hovering at 15%, though keep track of reports, as this beautiful area can turn quickly once it begins to flush.  Alicia Vennos provides the above photo of what she describes as a “staggered” timing of fall color.  There’s lots of green, but also lime, yellow and just over the ridge to the west is Green Creek Rd. with prolific reds and oranges.

Ducks on Silver Lake (9/22/13) Alicia Vennos

Ducks on Silver Lake (9/22/13) Alicia Vennos

0 – 15% – June Lake Loop – The spectacular June Lake Loop is just starting to get into the spirit of the season — still mostly lime green and yellow — but colder temperatures in coming nights should act as the perfect catalyst to nudge the June Lake area along.  A dusting of snow on high peaks surrounding Silver Lake and the other June Lakes promises to provide some incredible scenes in coming weeks as the color turns below.

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Snow Dusts Peaks Above Mammoth Lakes – Go Now!

The Sherwins, Mammoth Lakes, Eastern Sierra (9/23/13)

The Sherwins, Mammoth Lakes, Eastern Sierra (9/23/13) © Susan Morning

High peaks surrounding Mammoth Lakes were dusted with a couple of inches of snow this past weekend, as an early storm passed over California.  Color spotter Christie Osborne says the snow did little to change the steady progression of color at Mammoth Lakes, which has now begun to descend from the high country. She reports, “More color is starting to show in Mammoth Lakes at the base of the Sherwin’s, in Town and at resort levels. Also look for color starting to break at the base of the Sherwins and near Sherwin Creek Campground, and expect to see more yellow flowing down canyons.”  This week, at higher elevations, above 8,500, look for orange and yellow colors to be at full peak.

Mammoth Lakes (9/23/13) © Susan Morning

Mammoth Lakes (9/23/13) © Susan Morning

Mammoth Lakes (9/23/13) © Susan Morning

Mammoth Lakes (9/23/13) © Susan Morning

30-50%  – Elevations Above 7,000

GO NOW! – 50-75% – Approaching Peak – Elevations above 8,000
GO NOW! – 75-100% – Full Peak – Elevations Above 8,500