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Eastern Sierra fall color locations reopen

October 5th, 2020 by Elin, Communications Coordinator

Spectacular fall color is happening up and down the Eastern Sierra, and now that the Inyo National Forest has partially reopened, many fall color locations are open to visitors and locals alike.

Fall colors at Walker Creek in the Mono Basin (photo from 2015). Photo by Elin Ljung.

Good fall color information can be found at Mono County Tourism’s website, and the Eastern Sierra tag on the California Fall Color blog. For the most up-to-date information on Mono Basin fall color locations, give us a call at the Mono Lake Committee: (760) 647-6595.

See below for a list of places for good fall color viewing. Keep in mind that hiking is not allowed in these areas because the trails enter Wilderness Areas, which remain closed.

  • Lundy Lake Road
  • Lee Vining Creek
  • Sagehen Summit
  • June Lake Loop
  • McGee Creek Road
  • Rock Creek Road
  • Lower Rock Creek Road
  • Pine Creek Road
  • Bishop Lakes Basin
  • Glacier Lodge Road/Big Pine Creek
  • Onion Valley Road
  • Whitney Portal Road

Because of fires burning around the state, especially the Creek Fire, visitors should expect smoky air. Please take every precaution to prevent fires when you visit—do not park a hot vehicle over flammable vegetation, do not build campfires, and no smoking. Overall, please leave this place better than you found it.