The season is changing here in the Mono Basin: nights have turned crisp and cool, the daytime sky looks brighter, and the leaves have begun to change. We will post updates about fall colors here on the Mono-logue, but you can also check the Mono County fall colors website and the Fall Color in California website for other good information.
June Lake Loop
The aspens near Silver Lake have begun to change: they are no longer green but not quite golden yet. A few branches are nice and yellow, but overall, the June Lake Loop still looks quite green, even up on the higher slopes of the Parker Bench. The underbrush is nice and golden, and the rabbitbrush looks like it’s at the end of its bloom.
Lee Vining Canyon
Aspens in Lee Vining Canyon are turning and are mostly light yellow with lots of green still mixed in. The underbrush of willows and grasses is turning a nice red and gold.
Along Highway 395 west of Mono Lake
All is still green, with rabbitbrush reaching the peak of its bloom.
The aspens high up on the slopes at the head of the canyon are currently a brilliant orange. However, aspens down at easily-accessible hiking levels are all still green.