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Time to be Outside on the Eastside

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/10/17) Jeff Simpson | Mono County Tourism

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/10/17) Jeff Simpson | Mono County Tourism

Whoa, if ever there were a weekend to get Outside on the Eastside, this is it in Mono County.

Peak color can be found anywhere you go and whichever direction you drive. We’ll be posting an update on Lake Tahoe and the Hope Valley, after returning to scout those locations (Oct. 12) and fully expect the color to be great, just as it is in Mono and Inyo Counties right now.

Part of the reason this autumn is so good is why it is so confusing. On the exact same day for the same location we’ve received conflicting reports stating, “It’s gone” or “it’s spectacular” or “not yet there.”

What’s happening is that the aspen forest, for the first time in anyone’s memory, is turning by grove. Stands of aspen are different genetically, and they’re demonstrating their individuality this autumn. In past years, the genetic differences between the groves seemed to make little difference, as the trees at least acted as if they were on the same clock. Not this year.

What that means for fall color viewing is that the show is lasting longer, but not as uniformly at any given location.

The big change this past week occurred at the highest elevations, which for the most part went Past Peak. Places like Upper Rock Creek (10,300′), Tioga Pass (9,943′) and Sagehen Meadows (8,139′ – High Desert, so it’s drier there) are now Past Peak.  Though, that’s not universally true. Some of the groves at “you’ll-get-winded walking there” heights are still green.

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/10/17) Jeff Simpson | Mono County Tourism

Some spotters began declaring calamity after seeing stripped stands at some locations, posting on Facebook and elsewhere that high winds had stripped the color. So, I called Mono County fall color guru Jeff Simpson (Yes, you’ve now achieved guru status in your life, Jeff).

Jeff lives on the eastside and has been reporting autumn color for years. He seemed to be offended by the suggestion that fall had ended, saying, “in no way have all the leaves blown off.”

OK, Jeff, OK. I believe you, especially since you’re now a guru and after seeing your photos, taken as late as yesterday.

So, count on it.

This weekend, there’ll be lots of gorgeous color to be seen at: Twin Lakes Bridgeport, Lundy Canyon, Convict Lake, Rock Creek Road, McGee Creek Canyon, Conway Summit, Summers Meadow Road, Lobdell Lake Road, Lee Vining Canyon, Monitor Pass and the June Lake Loop, even if a few leaves have fallen, as seen at right.

Here’s a detailed report from Mono County, a go-to destination for great fall color this week:

WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ

Monitor Pass (8,314′) – Peak (75-100%) – Aspen on the summit are perfect, right now. Look for the large grove of trees on the east side of the summit to have the best display of color. GO NOW!

Lobdell Lake Road (8,600′) – Peak (75-100%) – This area has never looked as good. Lots of peaking trees with deep reds and yellows. Get here fast, as some stands are past peak or will not last much longer.  Note: Burcham Flat Road to Lobdell lake Road are dirt roads – AWD or 4WD vehicles are recommended. GO NOW!

Lobdell Lake Rd. (10/10/17) Jeff Simpson | Mono County Tourism

Walker Canyon (5,200′)- Patchy (10-50%) – Walker canyon has slowed since last reported. There are stands with great yellows and lime greens while others are just getting started. Give it a week and it’ll be rating “Go Now!”, but not just yet.

Towns of Walker & Coleville – Just Starting (0-10%) – A few cottonwoods have started to turn but this is traditionally the last place to peak in Mono County. Look to go here in the 3rd or 4th week in October. Nevertheless, there are spots where the tall cottonwood are crowned with yellow in the midday sun.

Sonora Pass (9,623′)- Peak (75-100%) – It’s a fall color inversion here, as colors are looking nice around Leavitt Meadows Pack station and the lower sections of Sonora Pass, whereas aspen near the summit never seemed to get going. You’ll find peak to past peak groves along the road and is still worth the trip this weekend. See our earlier report about Obsidian Campground – glorious! GO NOW!

Twin Lakes, Bridgeport (10/9/17) Jeff Simpson | Mono County Tourism

BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES

Twin Lakes (7,000′) -Peak (75-100%) – The biggest change in Mono County this week has occurred at Twin Lakes near Bridgeport. Wonderful color has appeared along the upper and lower lakes, and up the mountainside toward Horse Creek. GO NOW!

Virginia Lakes (9,819’) –Peak (75-100%) to Past Peak – The leaves never got going at Virginia Lakes, this year. Though, there’s still some great color along Lower Virginia Lakes Road. GO NOW! as You’re About to Miss It.

Conway Summit (8,143′)- Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) – There is lot’s of great color at Conway Summit right now. A few stands are a little green while most of the mountainside is at full peak. Tip: visit in the late afternoon, as shadows make this difficult to photograph in morning light. GO NOW!

Summers Meadow (7,200′) – Peak (75-100%) – – Simply spectacular. Entire groves of peaking aspens make this location a must stop.  NOTE: The Summers Meadow bridge sustained significant damage during the spring runoff. The bridge has been reduced to one lane traffic but is currently open to visitors traveling to Summers Meadow. GO NOW!

Conway Summit (10/11/17) Jeff Simpson | Mono County Tourism

LEE VINING 

Tioga Pass & Lee Vining Canyon (9,943′) – Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) – There is great color to be found in Lee Vining Canyon, especially along Log Cabin Mine Road. Higher up, Tioga Pass and Saddlebag Lake are past peak. GO NOW!

Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′)- Peak (75-100%) – Be prepared for brilliant color up Lee Vining Canyon at the first set of waterfalls. Color along the road and campground is our peak as Peak of the Week. GO NOW!

BENTON & 120 EAST 

Sagehen Summit (8,139’) – Past Peak (You Missed It.)

JUNE LAKE LOOP

Silver Lake, June Lake Loop (10/11/17) Jeff Simpson | Mono County Tourism

June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) – Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) – There is lots of bright lime, yellow and orange in the aspen around the June Lake Loop. There are peak trees just about everywhere. And yet, the June Lake Loop will last another week or two. We do not recommend delaying, but if you only can visit in two weeks, you should still find spots of good color. GO NOW!

Parker Lake (8,000′) – 50-100% Go Now!  – Wow. From Parker Bench to Parker Lake be prepared to drop your jaw. You will find a mix of color from Patchy to Near Peak, to Peaking, to Past Peak, but overall it’s lovely. GO NOW!

MAMMOTH LAKES

Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) – Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) – Mammoth has come into its own, with good color along Mammoth Creek Road and Sherwin Creek Road and among bright orange willows at the Mammoth Lakes Basin. GO NOW!

Summers Meadow Rd. (10/9/17) Jeff Simpson | Mono County Tourism

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK/CONVICT LAKE

McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) – – McGee Creek Canyon is at full peak and has wonderful color right now while the road is still a bit patchy. GO NOW!

Around Crowley Community (6,781′) – Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) – Poke around the community and you’ll find bright color there and along the hillsides beside U.S. 395. Take the “old US 395” road from McGee Creek to Tom’s Place for great views of the color change that’s occurring up the mountain. GO NOW!

Convict Lake (7850′) – Peak (75-100%) – Convict Lake is a “must” stop this week. Colors are at their peak along the lake and up Convict Canyon. Take the 2.5 mile “Convict Lake Loop Trail” around the lake for a close up view of the leaves and different angles of Mt. Morrison. GO NOW!

ROCK CREEK CANYON

Rock Creek Road (9,600’) –Near Peak to Peak (50-100%) –  – Wonderful color along the lower section of Rock Creek Road from Tom’s Place. There are sections of great Yellows and Oranges while other areas above the lake may be past peak. GO NOW!

Lower Rock Creek Road(7,087′) – Patchy (10-50%)

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Mammoth Is Massive – GO NOW!

Willows, Mammoth Lakes Basin (10/10/17) Josh Wray

The Mammoth Lakes Basin has few aspen. Nevertheless, it should be on any color spotter’s must-see list because of its willows.

Near Lake Mary, Lake George and along the west shore of the basin, they are putting on a show of orange splendor, right now. The lakes basin is impressive any time of year. A dramatic bowl of sawtooth peaks cups a necklace of lakes that are favorites of anglers, hikers, cyclists and people out to be inspired by this planet’s glory.

Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,500′) – Peak (75-100%) – GO NOW!

Laurel Creek (10/10/17) Josh Wray

Laurel Creek (8,000′) – Peak (75-100%) – A golden vein of aspen winds along Laurel Creek down from the High Sierra to near US 395, south of Mammoth Lakes. It is absolutely breathtaking.

As you drive north on US 395, the aspen look like a gigantic golden chain that has been laid upon the land. Brilliant yellow and orange foliage flows down the mountain like a twisted flume ride.

To see it up close a high-clearance SUV is required. As, you’re on a dirt road that is littered with stones and boulders in places. However, with a capable off-road vehicle, it’s soft adventure with a beautiful view and just minutes south of Mammoth Lakes.
GO NOW!

 

Snowcreek Golf Course, Mammoth Lakes (10/10/17) Josh Wray

Snowcreek Meadow – Peak (75-100%) – This is the go-to spot for fall color in Mammoth Lakes. Its meadow, ponds, and golf course are full of color and vistas. Hike of the Week is the Mammoth Lakes Town Loop… very easy and inspiring.
GO NOW!

Mammoth Rock (9,100′) – Past Peak – You Missed It.

Autumn’s Carpet, Mammoth Lakes (10/10/17) Josh Wray

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Mammoth Lakes Now Flecked With Gold

Sherwin Creek (10/6/17) Trent Vierra

Mammoth Creek Trail (10/6/17) Trent Vierra

Mammoth Lakes is flecked with gold, Trent Vierra’s photographs show.

He was there this past weekend and found Near Peak aspen throughout town and along Mammoth Creek Trail and the Sherwin Creek Trail which leads to the Sherwin Lakes.

Mammoth Lakes (8,500′) – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!

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Mammoth/South All Patchy, Peak Nears

Convict Lake (9/27/17) Josh Wray

How did I miss Josh Wray’s report this past week? Somehow it got buried by a load of email. Just found it.

Rock Creek (9/27/17) Josh Wray

Fortunately, none of the areas south of Mammoth Lakes have neared peak, though all of them moved from Just Starting to Patchy. Here’s what he reported on Wednesday:

Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,500′) – Patchy (10-50-%) 

Lake George (9,000′) –Patchy (10-50-%) 

Mammoth Rock (9,100′) –Patchy (10-50-%) 

Laurel Meadow (9,000′) –Patchy (10-50-%) 

Convict Lake (8,500′) – Patchy (10-50-%) – Convict Lake is gorgeous right now. Golden willows have ringed the lake with lime-yellow color. Some of the smaller groves near the backside of the lake have turned orange. Convict Lake is on the edge of transitioning to Near Peak.

 

 

 

 

McGee Creek (9/27/17) Josh Wray

McGee Creek (9/27/17) Josh Wray

McGee Creek (9,000′) –Patchy (10-50-%) – Aspen near the pack station have begun turning. It’s best around late afternoon. Look for lots of lime and yellow.

Rock Creek (9/27/17) Josh Wray

 

 

 

Rock Creek  (9,000′) – Patchy (10-50%) –  Like many of the upper areas, Rock Creek is off to a late start. The color begins at level 7,500′, but is just starting there. The best color is seen above the Rock Creek Resort.

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The Autumn Hat Trick: Snow, Wildflowers and Fall Color

Mammoth Lakes Hat Trick (9/21/17) Alicia Vennos

A day before the autumnal equinox Mono County color spotter Alicia Vennos reports she awoke to find snow, blooming wildflowers and fall color out her door.

Photographer Marc Hoshovski reported snow fell down to 7,000′ in elevation yesterday, “so this could get things happening.

Though, when he visited Nelson Lake south of Tuolumne Meadows, the aspen and meadow grasses were still mostly green.

Even the corn lily (veratrum) which turn yellow in late summer as things dry out, he commented were holding their green, “The The only sign of leaf color so far are Dwarf Bilberry (Vaccinium cespitosum) leaves starting to turn purple.

Nelson Lake, Yosemite National Park (9600’) – Just Starting (0-10%)

 

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Mammoth Lakes – The Fishing’s Great!

Rock Creek (9/19/17) Josh Wray

Josh Wray of @VisitMammoth made us laugh today with his report that fall color in the Lakes Basin is still so minimal that it’s probably not worth a trip just to see it, though… the fishing is GREAT!

Rock Creek (9/19/17) Josh Wray

Rock Creek (9/19/17) Josh Wray

Fall Color Hiker (9/19/17) Josh Wray

That about sums up the lower elevations in the Eastern Sierra, though color has moved into the Patchy range near 9,000′.

Now, while the Lakes Basin might be better for fishing, the hike Josh and his best friends took showed that light jackets are required… a good sign for fall color futures.

Here’s Josh’s entire report:

Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,500′) – Just Starting (0-10%) – There are a few places where the color is changing but it’s so minimal that I would not recommend making a special trip up there specific to fall color viewing. That being said the fishing is GREAT up there right now.

Lake George (9,000′) – Just Starting

Mammoth Rock (9,100′) – Just Starting (0-10%) -–  Some of the hillside is starting to change, but again no big color shifts. We should see this spot and the rest in the area drastically change after this cold snap.

Laurel Meadow (9,000′) – Just Starting (0-10%) –  About half way up Laurel Meadow, the high-clearance 4×4 road is starting to show color shifts. It’s still in its early stages, but because it’s above 9,000′, next week there’ll be more to report in a week. CLICK HERE for Instagram shots taken by Emily Summers on 9/19/17.

Rock Creek  (9,000′) – Patchy (10-50%) –  Upper Rock Creek is the go-to spot in Mono County for anyone looking for “early” fall color. Of course, “early” is relative, as Rock Creek is late compared to where it was in recent years. There are lots of light-green trees, some yellow and even splashes of orange and red among the aspen. In a week this location will be all-time!

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Gone With The Wind

Old Mammoth Rd. (10/22/16) Crys Black

Old Mammoth Rd. (10/22/16) Crys Black

High winds finished what was left of fall color in Mono County, reports color spotter Crys Black who visited Mammoth Lakes and June Lakes, this past weekend.  Here’s her report:

Saturday, Oct 22
I started Saturday in the Mammoth Lakes Basin where almost all color was stripped with the exception of Old Mammoth Rd, between the ghost town and Sherwin Creek Rd. Hoping that lower elevations would be better, I headed towards Bishop. I stopped at Convict Lake and there is a little color left but it’s past peak. Thanks to last weekend’s report, I took Lower Creek Rd and it is Peak Go Now. At the lower elevations, Bishop and Big Pine were at Peak with great color especially at Round Valley. Aspendell was full peak but all areas around it were completely stripped and past peak.

Twin Lakes(10/23/16) Crys Black

Twin Lakes(10/23/16) Crys Black

Old Mammoth Rd. (10/23/16) Crys Black

Lundy Canyon (10/22/16) Crys Black

Aspendell (10/23/16) Crys Black

Aspendell (10/22/16) Crys Black

Walker River (10/23/16) Crys Black

Walker River (10/23/16) Crys Black

Sunday, Oct 23
June Lake is almost completely past peak with some areas where color is clinging through the wind. Lundy Canyon was still peak, go now, with the color nicely contrasted against the snowcapped mountains. A huge surprise was Twin Lakes, Bridgeport. This was spectacular in most places so peak, go now! Antelope Valley color is getting worn but still great from Coleville to Topaz lake, peak, go now. There are splashes of color on 89 around 7000 ft and around Poor Boy Creek east of Markeeville, which is especially striking against the charred earth, and on 88, especially at Crystal Springs. Hope Valley is still ablaze but the color is getting muted. Still warrants a Peak but it’ll likely not survive the next storm.

Mammoth Lakes Basin – Past Peak – YOU MISSED IT!

June Lakes – Past Peak – YOU MISSED IT!

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Still Mammoth, but Fading

Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes (10/19/16)

Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes (10/19/16) Gene Miller

June Lake Loop (10/19/16) Gene Miller

June Lake Loop (10/19/16) Gene Miller

June Lake Loop (10/19/16) Gene Miller

June Lake Loop (10/19/16) Gene Miller

Log Cabin Rd., Mono County (10/19/16) Gene Miller

Log Cabin Rd., Mono County (10/19/16) Gene Miller

Sherwin Creek Campground, Mammoth Lakes (10/19/16) Gene Miller

Sherwin Creek Campground, Mammoth Lakes (10/19/16) Gene Miller

Spots in the Eastern Sierra are still mammoth, though fading. Gene Miller, sent these shots from Mono County, taken last Wednesday.

Apologies for the delay posting them, due to travel and receiving them initially in too large a format to post, right away.

Still, they illustrate what can be found along the byways in Mono County as peak color subsides.

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Fall Color to Colorful Events

Convict Lake (10/18/16) Josh Wray

Convict Lake (10/18/16) Josh Wray

Opening Day, Mammoth Mountain (File Photo)

Opening Day, Mammoth Mountain (File Photo)

Spots of fall color can still be found and enjoyed in and near Mammoth Lakes, though the energy there has shifted from enjoying autumn adventures to colorful events happening from late-October to mid-November, leading up to the reopening of Mammoth Mountain and the start of winter sports.

Nevertheless, Mammoth Lakes color spotter Josh Wray had to get in one more photo of how he and his buds enjoy autumn, with the preceding shot of hiking at Convict Lake, just south of Mammoth Lakes. Don’t you just want to be there? I sure do.

Fall color still rings the lake trail and picnic areas, though the stands running up the mountainside no longer carry color.

Convict Lake (10/18/16) Josh Wray

Convict Lake (10/18/16) Josh Wray

Convict Lake (10/18/16) Josh Wray

Convict Lake (10/18/16) Josh Wray

Josh anticipates that next week will be the last for a fall color report from Mammoth Lakes. Though, it’s evident from this list of upcoming happenings that the fun never stops there.

Oct – 21/22 – Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour Festival

Oct. 22 – Outside on The Eastside Fall Symphony Concert 

Oct. 28/29/30 – Morrison’s Bonus Fishing Derby Weekend

Oct. 28 – Halloween Party & Haunted Roller Rink

Oct. 29 – Wine Dinner at Jimmy’s Taverna

Nov. 5 – The Felici Trio presents “A Winning Ticket”

Nov. 10 – Opening Day – Mammoth Mountain

Convict Lake – Peak (75-10%) GO NOW! – The color has mostly fallen around the lake, though color near the campground and in spots along the trail remains at peak. This is the last week of peak color, there.

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Mono Peaking Everywhere – Don’t Delay – GO NOW!

Lundy Canyon (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Lundy Canyon (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

“Everything, everywhere (in Mono County) is peaking right now, including the June Lake Loop which is glowing and brilliant especially ‘down canyon’ from the Double Eagle Resort to Grant Lake,” reports color spotter, Alicia Vennos.

If you can get there today, GO NOW! As, it may not be there in a day or two. Darrell Sano visited on 10/12 and plans to continue photographing on 10/13, right up to the point when the scene might be gone with the wind.

Alicia advises that a storm is expected on Friday (10/14), with a break Saturday (10/15), and potentially more precipitation on Sunday (10/16). The storm could close Tioga and Sonora passes, though the freeze is expected to be very high.

Tip: During and immediately following an early winter, the scene is spectacular as trees, heavy with fall color, are dusted with snow.

Alicia suggests that anyone traveling this weekend should consult the weather forecast and road conditions (1-800-427-7623) before heading to the East Side in order to avoid road and pass closings.

Litttle Walker Lake (10/10/16) Alicia Vennos

Litttle Walker Lake (10/10/16) Alicia Vennos

Iconic locations at peak include the June Lake Loop, Convict Lake, Conway Summit, Walker Canyon, McGee Canyon, Twin Lakes and Summers Meadow.

Areas near the end of peak and likely to transition to past peak this weekend include Monitor Pass, Sonora Pass, Lobdell Lake (4WD high clearance vehicles only) and Parker Lake.

WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ

Monitor Pass – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – You’ll see color from top to bottom right now. Check road conditions before attempting to cross this pass.

Horse Creek Falls Trail, Twin Lakes (10/10/16) Alicia Vennos

Horse Creek Falls Trail, Twin Lakes (10/10/16) Alicia Vennos

Lobdell Lake – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Still some brilliant colors but most leaves will be blown off by the end of the weekend. For 4WD high clearance vehicles only.

Walker Canyon – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW! – Lots of yellows around every bend working all the way up to Sonora Pass. Still a few days short of full peak. 

Towns of Walker & Coleville – Patchy (10-50%) – Just getting started but those iconic cottonwood trees will be perfect next weekend. 

Sonora Pass – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – An incoming storm this weekend may close the pass and the fall color door on this location. Check road conditions before attempting to cross this pass.

 BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES

Twin Lakes – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!  – Still a little green around Upper and Lower Lakes and through the campgrounds of Robinson Creek. Hike the Horsetail Falls or Barney Lake trails for peak colors. 

Virginia Lakes (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Virginia Lakes (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Conway Summit (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Conway Summit (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Virginia Lakes – Past Peak YOU MISSED IT!

Conway Summit – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Still slightly green in some spots but will be perfect later this weekend, conditions permitting, especially on the south side of Conway near the Mono Lake overlook.  Check this location post storm for snowy mountains in the background and fall color in the foreground. 

Green Creek – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Past peak in the upper elevations, especially on the hike to Green Lake. Colors around the road and campgrounds are at peak color. 

Summers Meadow – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – This location will be gleaming with color the next 10 days

Sunrise, Mono Lake (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Sunrise, Mono Lake (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

LEE VINING 

Tioga Pass & Lee Vining Canyon – Near Peak (50-75%) Go Now! – Lee Vining Canyon is just getting going while the colors around Tioga Pass and Saddlebag are past peak. Check road conditions before attempting to cross this pass.

Lundy Lake (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Lundy Lake (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Lundy Canyon (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Lundy Canyon (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Lundy Lake & Canyon – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! Lundy Canyon and around the beaver ponds are at full peak while colors around the lake and campground are still spotty. 

BENTON & 120 EAST 

Sagehen Meadow – Past Peak YOU MISSED IT!

JUNE LAKE LOOP

June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! Groves of brilliant yellow, gold and red in some locations while others are still patchy. The drive around the June Lake Loop (Hwy. 158) is especially gorgeous down canyon from the Double Eagle Resort to Grant Lake. 

Parker Lake (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Parker Lake (10/12/16) Darrell Sano

Parker Lake – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Colors are still unbelievable at Parker Lake. Take the Parker Bench Trail from Silver Lake Resort for a more difficult but worthy fall color experience.

Litttle Walker Lake (10/10/16) Alicia Vennos

Litttle Walker Lake (10/10/16) Alicia Vennos

Litttle Walker Lake (10/10/16) Alicia Vennos

Litttle Walker Lake (10/10/16) Alicia Vennos

Little Walker Lake – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! –Little Walker Lake is finally starting to shine and should be perfect over the next 5 days. 

MAMMOTH LAKES

Lakes Basin – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Colors around the Mammoth Lakes Basin are at full peak.

Mammoth Creek Road – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Take the drive around Sherwin Creek for the best chance for peak fall color.

CONVICT LAKE  

Around resort/campgrounds – Near Peak (50-75%) GO NOW!  Still slightly green the closer you get to US 395 but still plenty of color. 

Convict Lake & Canyon – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! Colors around the lake and up Convict Canyon are brilliant right now! Take the short and easy hike around the lake for the best fall color experience. 

CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK  

McGee Creek Canyon – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW!Great color around the pack station and campground right now!

Around Crowley community – Patchy (10-50%) 

ROCK CREEK CANYON

Around Rock Creek Lake  Past Peak YOU MISSED IT!

Along the road – Peak (75-100%) GO NOW! – Colors along the road and in the campgrounds are at peak while the higher elevation locations are at past peak.