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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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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.

Clear
Thursday
Clear
High 50°/Low 18°
Partly Cloudy
Friday
Partly Cloudy
High 37°/Low 17°
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
Partly Cloudy
High 40°/Low 17°
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
Partly Cloudy
High 40°/Low 18°

 

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Autumn Rolls Into Mammoth Lakes

Autumn hues brighten a Harley stopping at Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Autumn hues brighten a Harley that stopped at Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Mule deer, Sherwin and Laurel Creeks, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Mule deer, Sherwin and Laurel Creeks, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Sherwin and Laurel Creeks,Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Sherwin and Laurel Creeks,Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Sherwin and Laurel Creeks, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Sherwin and Laurel Creeks, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Quaking aspen, Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Quaking aspen, Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Twin Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Lake George, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

Lake George, Mammoth Lakes (9/8/16) Josh Wray

To be assured of autumn color, bring it with you, as the couple above did on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle when they stopped at Twin Lakes, yesterday.

Mammoth Lakes’ Josh Wray captured the scene and reports that color continues to emerge among the willows, grasses and aspen surrounding Mammoth Lakes.

Here’s his report:

Just Starting (0-10%) – Mammoth Lakes Basin 8,500ft – The trees near the first parking lot at Twin Lakes have started to turn. There are even some willows and few aspens that have turned to yellow. As you make your way to the first Twin Lakes bridge near Tamarack Lodge, look northwest and you’ll gain a better view of the changing hillside. Trees around the lake are in that lime green stage, but my guess would be that in the next week or so we’ll start to see more brilliant colors on the water.

Just Starting (0-10%) – Lake George 9,000ft –  Lake George is the highest drive to lake in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, and it sits at about 9,000’. It’s not uncommon to only share this lake with a few float tubers in the early morning, so get up there while the light is good and enjoy the breathtaking views of Crystal Crag and the Mammoth Crest. From the dock look due west and you’ll be able to see a large patch of willows starting to change.

Just Starting (0-10%) -Mammoth Rock 9,100ft –  There is a large grove of tall aspens that reside near the historical site of the old town of Mammoth Lakes. This area is also a highlight due to the access to the Mammoth Rock trail for hiking and mountain biking. It’s still in its early stages for color change, but this spot is expected to produce a brilliant display this year.

Just Starting (0-10%) -Laurel Creek 8,000ft –  This is one of my favorite fall color spots to watch go through the stages. Because of the length of the grove, higher sections take on color earlier while the lower sections add some contrast. This view is visible from highway 395 but to gain the ultimate view drive down Sherwin Creek road for a closer look. Also if you’ve got 4×4 with high clearance you can take the technical road up to Laurel canyon and lakes. The meadow at the beginning of the canyon is a sight to behold in Autumn. 

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First Peak Color High Above Mammoth Lakes

Sherwin Creek (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Peak Color seen high above Sherwin Creek (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Mono County gets credit for the first full peak report.  Areas above 8,500′ in this Eastern Sierra county are now flush with orange and red.

Rock Creek Lake (9/18/14) Alicia Vennos

Rock Creek Lake (9/18/14) Alicia Vennos

Rock Creek Lake (9/18/14) Alicia Vennos

Rock Creek Lake (9/18/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – Peak (75 – 100%) – Rock Creek – Rock Creek Lake and the Rock Creek Trail are now at full peak.  Lower areas of Rock Creek Canyon at are approaching  peak and could go any day, now.

GO NOW! – Peak (75 – 100&) – Hilton Lakes Trail – Same as Rock Creek.

Sherwin Creek (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Sherwin Creek (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – Peak (75 – 100%) – Sherwin Lakes – You’ll have to do some hiking to get to where it’s at full peak. Take the Sherwin Creek Trail up to the Sherwin Lakes to get close to these peak color areas. Patchy (10 – 50%) – Sherwin Creek – Sherwin Creek in Mammoth Lakes is just above 10% with lots of lime and a little yellow.

Green Creek (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Lake (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Lake (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Green Creek (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

GO NOW! – Near Peak (50 – 75%) – Green Creek – The color at Green Creek varies from patchy to near peak, so we’re alerting to Go Now!

Rainbow Falls (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Rainbow Fall (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Devil's Postpile NM (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Devil’s Postpile NM (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Rainbow Falls Trail (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Rainbow Fall Trail (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Rainbow Falls Trail (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Rainbow Fall Trail (9/20/14) Alicia Vennos

Patchy (10 – 50-%) – Rainbow Fall and Devil’s Postpile NM – The road into Devil’s Postpile remains open until the first storms, providing viewing of the fall color in the upper San Joaquin River drainage.

Conway Summit (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Conway Summit (9/21/14) Alicia Vennos

Patchy (10 – 50%) Conway Summit – It’s still early, but showing signs.