Your Guide to Mammoth Lakes Fall Colors

Even though summer is coming to an end, there is still time to plan your vacation in the great outdoors before the Eastern Sierras are covered by a blanket of snow. Mammoth Lakes offers one of the best mountain towns for leaf peepers looking for an epic fall vacation in California. From September until November, the willows, cottonwoods, and aspens change color from the glowing greens of summer to the radiant yellows, oranges, and crimson hues that radiate in the fall. 

The Mammoth Lakes fall colors offer a picturesque backdrop to your adventures, whether you want to hike, bike, horseback ride, or fish. And 1849 Mountain Rentals puts you close to the action with our collection of condo rentals on the slopes!

When is the Best Time to See Mammoth Lakes Fall Colors?

The best time to see Mammoth Lakes’ fall colors depends on the year. And since Mono County has drastic elevation changes, the color transitions slowly throughout the season. The foliage usually begins around mid-September and lasts through the first two weeks of October. Keep up to date with the Mammoth Lakes fall color report here.

Where to See Fall Colors Around Mammoth Lakes

There are endless trails and destinations where you can see the vibrant foliage in and around Mammoth Lakes. If you want to explore the town, we recommend taking a hike in the Mammoth Lakes Basin or wandering along the Town Loop for a relaxing route. Drive just outside Mammoth Lakes to find marvelous foliage in Mono County:

  • Sagehen Summit: This impressive summit explodes with colorful aspen trees in the fall. Sagehen Summit offers picturesque views of Mono Lake and the Sierra Crest.
  • Tioga Pass: Yosemite National Park is just a 30-minute drive from Mammoth Lakes along Tioga Road. In the fall, the scenery is awe-inspiring, offering dramatic domes, multi-colored granite cliffs, colorful aspen trees, and mountain views. Spend a few days in Yosemite and experience the most magical season at the park!
  • Rock Creek: The drive to Rock Creek is one of the most beautiful fall routes in the Eastern Sierras. Once you have reached Rock Creek Lake, fantastic hiking, fishing, and rock climbing opportunities await you.
  • June Lake Loop: This loop allows you to drive past four scenic mountain lakes in one trip, including June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, and Grant Lake. 

Plan Your Fall Getaway in Mammoth Lakes Today!

There is a short window of time to experience Mammoth Lakes’ fall colors at their full splendor. So, we recommend planning your fall getaway in the Eastern Sierras now! Plan your trip with 1849 Mountain Rentals and join us for the most magical season in Mammoth Lakes.