Mono County Fall Color Report – September 28, 2022
CURRENT FALL COLOR REPORT – September 28, 2022: FALL HAS ARRIVED! We’re happy to report both Sagehen Summit and Virginia Lakes are peaking right now and should be brilliant for the next 7 days. Both locations are in the “75-100% GO NOW” category with some sections of trees still having green mixed into the yellow and orange leaves. If you’re traveling to Virginia Lakes, take Dunderburg Meadows Road to Green Creek Road for additional groves of peaking aspen with some red and crimson colors mixed into the landscape. (AWD vehicles recommended) These places should be at the top of your list for this weekend.
Peaking colors can also be found in sections around Rock Creek Lake right now. The majority of trees in the lower elevations along the road are still green making this our only “50-75% go now” category.
The Bodie Hills, Sonora Pass, Lobdell Lake Road, Conway Summit, McGee Creek Canyon, Convict Lake and the Mammoth Lakes Basin all made nice progress this week but are all still at least a week out before approaching peak colors. These locations are in the 10-50% range but all worth checking out next week as we move into October.
We will update this report every Wednesday for the remainder of the season. If you’re new to fall colors in Mono County you can view images from previous years to get an idea of timing for all locations and elevations, and download our Fall Color Map to help navigate all the fall color hot spots in the Eastern Sierra.
0-10% – Just Starting
10-50% – Patchy
50-75% – Near Peak (Go Now!)
75-100% – Peaking (GO NOW!)
Past Peak – (You Missed It)
WALKER / COLEVILLE / TOPAZ
Monitor Pass (8,314′) – 0-10%
West Walker River, Walker, Coleville and Topaz (5,200′) – 0%
Sonora Pass (9,623′) – 10-50%
Lobdell Lake Road (9,274′) – 10-50% Just starting along the road with the best color being found just below the lake.
BRIDGEPORT / VIRGINIA LAKES
Twin Lakes (7,000′) – 0%
Bodie Hills (9,419′) 10-50% – Some groves near four corners are near peak while the lower level elevations are still green. A great ATV/UTV drive for this weekend.
Virginia Lakes (9,819’) – 75-100% GO NOW! Yellow groves at Little Virginia Lake this afternoon. Still mixed green and lime green along the lower section of the road. And some entirely green sections of trees on the north side of Big Virginia. Should be perfect for the next 7 days.
Conway Summit (8,143) – 10-50% – Still very green down below. Closer to 10% with some groves up higher in the 50% range if you have a long lens.
Summers Meadow (7,200′) – 0-10% – Better color up high near Tamarack if you have a 4×4 vehicle.
Tioga Pass (9,943′) – 0-10% – Just Starting
Lee Vining Canyon (6,781′) – 0-10% Just Starting
Lundy Lake & Canyon (7,858′) – 0-10% Just Starting with better colors as you hike into the upper elevations.
BENTON & 120 EAST
Sagehen Summit (8,139’) – 75-100% GO NOW! Brilliant yellow and oranges on the mountainside. Still some green in the lower section of dirt road. This spot is always the first to peak in California and should be spectacular for the next 7 days.
JUNE LAKE LOOP
June Lake Loop/Hwy 158 (7,654′) – 0-10% Just starting here. Plan your trip for the June Lake Loop around the 15-20th of October.
MAMMOTH LAKES – Follow Mammoth Lakes Tourism for the most up-to-date information: VisitMammoth.com
Mammoth Lakes Basin (8,996′) – 10-50% Good color change in the basin and the north side of twin lakes.
CROWLEY LAKE/McGEE CREEK/CONVICT LAKE
McGee Creek Canyon (8,600’) – 10-50% – Good color up canyon if you are willing to make the hike. Mixed green and yellow leaves at the campground and closer to 395.
Around Crowley community (6,781′) – 0-10% Just starting in the community today with glowing yellow leaves on the visible mountain tops in the upper elevations.
Convict Lake (7850′) – 10-50% Surprisingly good color change on the back side of the lake. Mostly green and should be peaking in two weeks.
ROCK CREEK CANYON
Rock Creek Road (9,600’) – 50-75% Go Now – Peaking groves around the lake and in the higher elevations. Still green in the lower sections of the road. The lake should be peaking by the weekend and worth the drive this week.
(From Mono County Tourism)