Many visitors trek up here every year to take photos, car tours, hikes and bike rides in the Fall Colors.
If your into photography it’s one of the best times of the year to come up and get images before the long white season comes upon the area.
Fall colors appear when the trees start to go dormant for the long winter ahead. The timing of this is a bit different every year and can be effected good and bad by any Snow or Hard Frosts.
Here are some images from Mammoth Lakes during the Fall colors of 2015.
Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra & Mammoth Lakes
Here are the places you will find Fall Colors near Mammoth Lakes and throughout Mono County, California and along Route 395.
Old 395 – Instead of heading up the Sherwin Grade on your way up to Mammoth Lakes take the last turn off and head up old Sherwin Grade.
There are all sorts of fall colors in this high desert area. You will also get views to aspen stands off in the sierra and in patch’s going up the road.
In the upper section will have some more abundant fall colors as you approach the full canyon. There are turnouts, picnic tables and a hiking/mountain biking trail.
Lower Rock Creek to Upper Rock Creek (9,500’) – This is one of the prime Fall Color viewing areas in the Eastern Sierra and if you live here it’s worth a couple or more drives up during Late September to Early/Mid October.
For travelers this area is a must see! Rock Creek Road also offers Camping, Biking, Fishing and Toms Place at the Bottom and Rock Creek Lodge at the top.
One thing special about this area is the Rock Creek Road has so much elevation gain that the Aspen Tree’s can be green at the bottom and nearing peak up at 9500 feet. So you get to see early to late Fall all on the same road.
Crowley Lake & McGee Creek Road – Crowley Lake can offer up some stunning Aspen Groves. At the peak you are just in shock at how amazing the colors can be in this area.
As you travel north on 395 get off at the Crowley Lake exit and head into the small town. When you get to Crowley Lake Drive take a right and drive slow, you will be treated to an amazing show.
About 2 miles down the road you can turn off to your left and head up the 2 miles to the MC Gee Creek trail head. There are some great colors in this area as well with MC GEE Creek feeding the show.
Convict Lake Area – You will find Aspen Trees at the highest elevations leading all the way down to the shore lines of Convict Lake. There are also some trees in the camping area and around the resort and in Convict Creek that flows out of the lake at the top of the Convict Lake Road.
Mammoth Lakes & Old Mammoth Road – Areas along Mammoth Creek and Old Mammoth road are prime for finding Fall Colors. You will also find some limited colors in the Mammoth Lakes basin.
Around town many home owners over the years have planted Aspens so just driving around you can be treated to a fine show of Fall Color. Make sure to take a look out at the Sherwins and the 86 Avalanche path to see some nice colors.
The Scenic Loop Road– If your heading north of Mammoth Lakes make sure to take the scenic loop road. You will find many patches of yellow along this 4 mile route that leads back to 395.
June Lake Loop – The loop is a place you can spend a half a day or more driving around, hiking, fishing and boating in and around the abundant fall colors. You will find prime colors from the town of June all the way back to 395 along rush creek.
Pack a lunch or stop by the Double Eagle for lunch while your in the area. If your just out for a long day drive take the loop thru down and all the way past grant lake and back to 395 and continue north bound.
North of June Lake you will find colors in these areas: Lundy Lake & Lower Lundy Canyon & Lundy Canyon Avalanche Zone, Virginia Lakes, & Conway Summit. Further north Bridgeport and the Twin Lakes Basin offer up some great colors as well.