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Hike to Potem Falls

Potem Falls, Montgomery Creek (10/23/19) Laura Jean

Hike of the week takes you to Potem Falls, an impressive 60-foot drop along Montgomery creek in Shasta-Trinity National Forest near CA-299.

AllTrails.com describes the trail as a .4-mile, lightly trafficked out & back along Montgomery Creek (Trinity County) that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels.

The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best from March through October. Dog-friendly.

For directions, CLICK HERE.

Bigleaf maple, Potem Falls, Shasta-Trinity NF (10/23/19) Laura Jean

Laura Beeson scores a First Report and Hike of the Week, plus the above maple is red, a rarity for bigleaf maple. We’ll have to see more.

  • Potem Falls (1,246′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
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Hike of the Week: Mt Tallac

California Fall Color Hike of the Week is the Mt. Tallac at Lake Tahoe.

The trail starts at lake level (6,225′) and varies from easy to strenuous, depending on how high up you’d like to climb. There’s a 3,500′ gain if you summit out.

BearfootTheory.com recommends, “If you aren’t sure you can make it all the way to the summit you can hike 1.7 miles (one-way) to Floating Island Lake or also 2.3 miles (one-way) to Cathedral Lake. The stretch of trail from the trailhead to Cathedral Lake is great for beginners. After Cathedral Lake the trail gets more strenuous & steep.”

Michelle Pontoni sent photos of the lower section of the trail which is lined with peak aspen, bigleaf maple and willows.

Mt.Tallac is one of the taller and most prominent peaks in the Tahoe basin. It’s so lofty that fit adventurers will climb its snowfields for Independence Day ski runs.

  • Mt. Tallac Trail, South Lake Tahoe (6,225′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!
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YOU MISSED IT!

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%)
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Hike to Faery Falls

Faery Falls, Mt. Shasta (10/21/18) Laura Jean

Trail to Ney Springs, Mt. Shasta (10/21/18) Laura Jean

Ney Springs Creek, southwest of the town of Mt. Shasta, was the site of a busy resort in the 19th century. A series of springs there attracted patrons in search of rest and recuperation, writes HikeMtShasta.com.

“Today, the resort is gone and nature is reclaiming what little of it remains,” the site explains.

A short distance from the site of the old resort is idyllic Faery Falls. “The falls are easily accessed on an old road that is, like the resort, slowly being taken over by the surrounding forest.”

Color spotter Laura Jean hiked the old road to Faery Falls through a forest of Peak bigleaf maple.

Maple leaves lie floating upon a clear pool at the base of the falls, which is surrounded by emerald green moss, qualifying this beautiful trail as Hike of the Week

  • Faery Falls, Mt. Shasta – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!

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Hike of the Week: Cascade Trail

Cascade Trail (10/21/18) Ravi Ranganathan

Cascade Trail (10/21/18) Ravi Ranganathan

In summer, Plumas County’s Cascade Trail is a short hike to swimming holes. In autumn, it’s a favorite hike to fall color reflected in Spanish Creek.

Ravi Ranganathan hiked this popular trail on Friday and found it “filled with beautiful colors. I hiked ‘til the point where I could find a couple of wooden bridges. Looking down, the view of the stream was amazing with the fall colors reflected with gold.”

Five small falls comprise the cascade along the trail, which is easy and a mile in length. Take CA-70 west 5.1 miles from Quincy; turn right at Old Highway and follow a paved road .7 mi. past several homes, turn left onto a dirt road and travel .4 mi to a rocky parking area.

The trail is mostly wide and level though narrows at points and can be slippery. It was built originally to transport water for hydraulic mining and was later used as a supply road for the Western Pacific RR. 

Cascade Trail is this week’s Hike of the Week.

  • Cascade Trail, Plumas County – Peak (75-100%) Go Now!

Cascade Trail (10/21/18) Ravi Ranganathan

Cascade Trail (10/21/18) Ravi Ranganathan

Cascade Trail (10/21/18) Ravi Ranganathan

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Sampling Chips

Chips Creek, Ben Lomond Trail, Plumas County (10/18/18) Chico Hiking Association

Chips Creek, Ben Lomond Trail, Plumas County (10/18/18) Chico Hiking Association

Bigleaf maple, Chips Creek, Ben Lomond Trail, Plumas County (10/18/18) Chico Hiking Association

The Chico Hiking Association dipped into Chips Creek along the Ben Lomond Trail (a section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) yesterday, to find bigleaf maple Patchy and black oak Just Starting.

Ben Lomond is an 7.9-mile, lightly trafficked, out-and-back trail beside Chips Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the Feather River.

The trail is considered to be difficult with a 4,297-foot  gain along its length. Hikers rate it as excellent and scenic, though demanding.

The trailhead is in Beldon off CA-70 at the upper end of Rock Creek Reservoir (Feather River). After a short climb, the trail parallels Chips Creek. If you continue, it continues to climb, eventually descending to near the creek, which is a native trout stream.

Certainly, this isn’t a trail for casual color spotting, but for someone who wants a challenge, it’s rewarding. Therefore, for it’s beauty and challenge, the Ben Lomond Trail is named Hike of the Week.

Patchy bigleaf maple and black oak are seen along the hillsides and down to Chips Creek. There is nice gold and orange color among shrubs and small trees now (a wildfire burned the area in 2012), though the color will continue to improve over the coming two weeks. 

  • Ben Lomond Trail, Chips Creek (2,400′) – Patchy (10-50%)

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The Week That Was “Fantastic!”

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/5/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Sonora Pass (10/4/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Sonora Pass (10/4/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/5/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Molybdenite Canyon (10/6/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Monitor Pass (10/9/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

This past week was fantastic throughout Mono County, local color spotter Jeff Simpson reports.

Just about anywhere you drive right now, you look up and see color … fantastic color.

Plus, it’s gonna last. Peak fall color will be seen this and the following week in prime areas of Mono County.

Hot spots for full peak color this weekend include: Monitor Pass, McGee Canyon trail, Parker Lake trail and Lundy Canyon trail, which we designate as Hike of the Week for its gorgeous color and beautiful waterfalls.

Approaching full peak are Convict Lake, the June Lake Loop, Lee Vining Canyon, Lundy Lake, Conway Summit, Summers Meadow and Twin Lakes/Bridgeport. While there’s still a good amount of green in these areas, more than half the trees are showing great color with stands of peaking yellow and orange aspen.

This was a great year to see Sagehen Meadows and Tioga Pass, though those areas are now solidly Past Peak – YOU MISSED IT.

Nearly Past Peak are Sonora Pass, Upper Rock Creek and Upper Virginia Lakes. Though, lower down in these areas, Peak color can still be enjoyed. 

Walker/Coleville/Topaz

  • Monitor Pass (8,314′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – The large stand of aspen east of the summit is perfect late in the afternoon.
  • Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Past peak in most areas but a lot of color still hanging around. If you want orange and red colors this is your spot! (AWD is recommended).
  • Walker Canyon (5,200′) – Patchy (10-50%) – Should be good in 7 to 10 days.
  • Towns of Walker & Coleville – Patchy (10-50%) – Mostly green throughout the valley, though some of the cottonwood are showing gold. This is the last area in Mono County to peak.
  • Sonora Pass (9,623′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! –  Wow. Sonora Pass was the best we’ve seen this past week. Peak color has now descended to Leavitt Meadow.

Bridgeport/Virginia Lakes

  • Twin Lakes (7,000′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Predictions were spot on. This area is Near Peak, though with still lots to change in coming weeks. Take the dirt roan around lower Twin to see great angles of the Sawtooth Mountains.
  • Virginia Lakes (9,819’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – This has to be one of the best years for Virginia Lakes, due to the length of time it has been at peak. A lot of color has fallen at the top, but lower sections of the road remain good.  AWD recommended.
  • Conway Summit (8,143′) –Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – You cannot go wrong including Conway Summit on a vist to the East Side, right now. It will remain good, conditions permitting for another two weeks. Peak should occur early next week and last a week or longer.
  • Summers Meadow (7,200′) –Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – We love Summers Meadow. It has one of the great long stretches of brilliant color in the state at peak. Presently, the color has worked down, though has a wonderful mix of red, orange, yellow and lime

Lundy Canyon Trail, Mono County (10/7/18) Leor Pantilat

Lee Vining

  • Tioga Pass (9,943′) – Past Peak – YOU MISSED IT! 
  • Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!
  • Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Hike of the Week!

Benton & 120 East

  • Sagehen Summit (8,139’) –Past Peak – YOU MISSED IT! 

June Lake Loop

  • June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) – Patchy (10-50%) – Still early.
  • Parker Lake (8,000′) – – Patchy (10-50%) – Best bet.

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/5/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Mammoth Lakes

  • Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! (Look for Mammoth Lake’s report, coming next)

Crowley Lake/McGee Creek/Convict Lake

  • McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Uh, did I say “BRILLIANT?”
  • Around Crowley community (6,781′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – There’s really nice Near Peak color in the hills above Tom’s Place. As long as you’re there, get a slice of pie. I always do.
  • Convict Lake (7850′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Convict Lake is a week from perfection. There’s still some green at the back side of the lake. It’s best when those trees there light up in brilliant splashes of yellow to be reflected in the lake’s dark waters. Presently, the best fall color is along the west end of the lake. When Convict Lake gets going, it competes for honors as the prettiest fall color scene on the East Side, because of the blue (yes, blue) folded metamorphic rock of Laurel Mountain and that stunning blanket of yellow below.

Rock Creek Canyon

  • Rock Creek Road (8,500’+) –Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – It’s Past Peak at Rock Creek Lake and higher, though still fantastic in the lower sections near East Fork Campground.

Leavitt Meadow (10/4/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/5/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/5/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Monitor Pass (10/9/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

 

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Last Call Above 9,000′

That 395 House (10/2/18) Liz Grans/Mono County Tourism

It’s last call above 9,000′ feet in Mono County, and what a way to close out fall color viewing at those elevations!

Snow dusted the mountain tops above 10,000′ today, though this didn’t damage fall color. In fact, it improved it, providing a spectacular backdrop for the color and rainbows.

Virginia Lakes (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Virginia Lakes (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Virginia Lakes (10/3/18) Liz Grans/Mono County Tourism

Virginia Lakes (10/3/18) Liz Grans/Mono County Tourism

Conway Summit (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Conway Summit (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Conway Summit (10/3/18) Liz Grans/Mono County Tourism

Silver Lake, June Lake Loop (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

McGee Creek (10/3/18) Josh Wray/Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Convict Lake (10/3/18) Josh Wray/Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Mono County is tracking exactly as it has in past years, so check this site for peak color previously and make your plans to see favorite areas, accordingly.

This is likely the last week to enjoy peak color at the Virginia Lakes, Upper Rock Creek, Lobdell Lake Road, Sagehen Summit, Sonora Pass and Tioga Pass. Jeff Simpson of Mono County Tourism reports. “All of these areas are at full peak and looking spectacular right now but will be rapidly approaching past peak as the week goes on.”

There are too many great trails peaking right now to name one as Hike of the Week. So, we’re suggesting this package of choices for inspirational hiking. Be advised, they climb to high elevations. So, be prepared with plenty of water, hiking sticks, a backpack holding extra layered clothing, sun screen, a hat, sunglasses and your camera or mobile device, of course.

Now that you’re forewarned, be prepared for fair beauty along the Upper Rock Creek, McGee Canyon, Parker Lake, Lundy Canyon and  Molybdenite trails with quaking aspen at higher elevations that will be perfect, this weekend.

For a driving tour, start at Conway Summit (US 395) and drive up Virginia Lakes Road to Dunderberg Meadows Road, then to Green Creek and down through Summers Meadows road exiting back at US 395 on Green Creek Road. This loop has incredible color right now and you’ll be able to see five of Mono County’s premiere fall color destinations at once. AWD recommended.

East Bay color spotter, Darrell Sano was one of the photographers who headed to Mono County this past week in search of color. His route took him over Tioga Pass and through Yosemite National Park, before descending Lee Vining Canyon into Mono County, reporting “incredibly intense” rain during today’s storm and crawling at 30 mph in what appeared to be nightfall at 2 p.m.

Now you know why the National Park Service closes Tioga Pass once it snow accumulates. Fortunately it didn’t and CA-120E remains open to Mono County as peak color spreads across it. 

Walker/Coleville/Topaz

  • Monitor Pass (8,314′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – The pass is gilded with yellow and lime on the way up/down.
  • Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Fantastic color is hanging on, though this is likely the last Peak week for this elevation. AWD recommended.
  • Walker Canyon (5,200′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Towns of Walker & Coleville- Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Sonora Pass (9,623′) – Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) GO NOW! – Another week of strong color with Peak color over the pass and lime and yellow in Leavitt Meadow.

Bridgeport/Virginia Lakes

  • Twin Lakes (7,000′) – Patchy (10-50%) – Will be Near Peak next week.
  • Virginia Lakes (9,819’) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Wow. Virginia Lakes has had two solid weeks of peak color, but this is likely its last, as some stands are Past Peak near the lake, but still strong going up the road. AWD recommended.
  • Conway Summit (8,143) – Patchy (10-50%) – We like Conway best when it’s a mix of green, lime, yellow and orange … like, right now. This broad area should hold for another two weeks of Near Peak and Peak color.  Though technically Patchy, GO NOW!
  • Summers Meadow (7,200′) – Patchy (10-50%) – Green along the road, but with emerging color yellow, orange and red higher up. In some years, Summers Meadow is one of the most beautiful areas of the Eastern Sierra. A definite must-see.

Lee Vining

  • Tioga Pass (9,943′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – There’s lovely color near Tenaya Lake and spots of it through Tuolumne Meadows and over the pass. Saddlebag Lake Road is worth a sidetrip.
  • Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′) – Patchy (10-50%)
  • Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′) – Patchy (10-50%)

Benton & 120 East

  • Sagehen Summit (8,139’) –Peak to Past Peak GO NOW as YOU ALMOST MISSED IT! – Still beautiful and worth the detour, but approaching Past Peak.

June Lake Loop

  • June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) – Patchy (10-50%) – Still early.
  • Parker Lake (8,000′) – – Patchy (10-50%) – Best bet.

Mammoth Lakes

  • Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Colors in the Mammoth Lakes Basin are still bright and vibrant. Definitely worth stopping by Lake George, then making your way back through Twin Lakes. 

Crowley Lake/McGee Creek/Convict Lake

  • McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – Patchy (10-50) – McGee is dragging its feet, but then it’s always been later than other canyons. Look for it moving to Near Peak next week and Peak the following week.
  • Around Crowley community (6,781′) – Just Starting (0-10%)
  • Convict Lake (7850′)- Patchy (10-50) – Color is appearing around the lake, but it’s got another week before it truly gets electric.

Rock Creek Canyon

  • Rock Creek Road (8,500’+) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – With snow coating peaks above Rock Creek Lake, this is definitely the Peak of the Week above 8,500′.

Conway Summit (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Rock Creek, Mono County (10/3/18) Josh Wray/Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Conway Summit (10/3/18) Liz Grans/Mono County Tourism

Carson Iceberg Wilderness (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Virginia Lakes (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

Sonora Pass (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Creek, Mono County (10/3/18) Josh Wray/Mammoth Lakes Tourism

McGee Creek (10/3/18) Josh Wray/Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Rock Creek, Mono County (10/3/18) Josh Wray/Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Rock Creek, Mono County (10/3/18) Josh Wray/Mammoth Lakes Tourism

Carson Iceberg Wilderness (10/2/18) Jeff Simpson/Mono County Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siesta Lake, Yosemite National Park (10/3/18) Darrell Sano

Warren Fork, Lee Vining Canyon (10/3/18) Darrell Sano

Warren Fork, Lee Vining Canyon (10/3/18) Darrell Sano

Mono Lake Lookout, Lee Vining Canyon (10/3/18) Darrell Sano

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Sky High Over Mammoth

Rainbow Falls, Mammoth Lakes (9/25/18) Josh Wray

Agnew Lake, Mammoth Lakes (9/25/18) Josh Wray

Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/25/18) Josh Wray

Mammoth Lakes Basin (9/25/18) Josh Wray

In a week, Mammoth Lakes has transitioned from Patchy to Peaking. And, Mammoth Lakes color spotter Josh Wray was sky high over it.

To see it all, he rode an exhilarating scenic flight with SkyTime Helicopter Tours out of the Mammoth Airport. Then, returned to earth to hike with a friend around lakes and along trails that are natural boulevards through bright yellow arbors of rustling aspen leaves.

Josh reports that fall color has matured quickly and though it will likely remain good for at least another week, we’re declaring Mammoth Lakes as a GO NOW! destination and the Rainbow Falls trail as this week’s Hike of the Week.

This is big country. Hikes can vary from heart thumping to easy romantic strolls. Josh recommends, “Head up to Lake George an hour after sunrise for the best light.”  Or do as Josh did and get above it all on a helicopter tour. Anyway you experience Mammoth, it’s a 360-degree adventure. 

Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,000′ and Up!) – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! 

Lake George, Mammoth Lakes (9/25/18) Josh Wray

Aspen, Mammoth Lakes (9/25/18) Josh Wray

Rainbow Falls, Mammoth Lakes (9/25/18) Josh Wray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake George, Mammoth Lakes (9/25/18) Josh Wray

Rainbow Falls, Mammoth Lakes (9/25/18) Josh Wray

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Hike of the Week: Rock Creek Lake

Rock Creek Lake (9/13/18) Josh Wray/Mammoth Lakes Tourism

For the most developed color, the loop around Rock Creek Lake in southern Mono County (Eastern Sierra) gets this week’s nod as Hike of the Week. A photograph taken earlier in the week shows some of the beauty to be seen this weekend.

Though, there are plenty of other inviting trails to explore, as depicted by Will Ridgeway who hiked several trails to Lake Sherwin, at Convict Lake and at Lake Sabrina last weekend, returning with this compact portfolio of developing color. (Click photos to enlarge)  

Sherwin Lake (9/15/18) Will Ridgeway

Sherwin Lake (9/15/18) Will Ridgeway

Convict Lake (9/15/18) Will Ridgeway

Sabrina Approach (9/16/18) Will Ridgeway

Lake Sabrina (9/16/18) Will Ridgeway