Fall foliage at Mono Lake

Fall color season is starting up and down the Eastern Sierra, including here in the Mono Basin!

Conway Summit on October 3, 2018. Photo by Elin Ljung.

When will the fall colors be at their peak?

That’s the key question, and Mono County Tourism is the best place to find the answer with their weekly fall color reports. Every Wednesday they post a new report that describes fall color locations as “just starting,” “patchy,” “near peak (go now!),” “peaking (GO NOW!),” and “past peak.”

The California Fall Color blog is a good source of information about current fall color conditions as well, especially the Eastern Sierra category.

The Virginia Lakes area on September 29, 2018. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Keep an eye on our Mill Creek webcam as the fall color season progresses—you’ll see the aspens and cottonwoods along the creek turn golden in the next few weeks.

Trees starting to turn yellow in the fall line a creek channel through the sagebrush with brightly light clouds above.
Mill Creek pictured on October 6, 2021. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Before you visit to see the fall foliage be sure to check the weather forecast, air quality, and road conditions. It’s that time of year when early season storms can close mountain passes even as wildfire smoke from fires around the state can linger. Cold rain, a dusting of snow, and chilly winds can also affect the brilliance of the fall color. Feel free to give us a call for the latest conditions: (760) 647-6595. We’ll take a look out the window and tell you what we see!

Rush Creek in the June Lake Loop on October 22, 2021. Photo by Elin Ljung.

Top photo by Elin Ljung: Fall foliage in Lundy Canyon on October 10, 2020.