Fall Leaf Peeping in Mammoth Lakes

During the span of September until November, Mammoth Lakes is widely known for its gorgeous fall colors when the willows, cottonwoods, and aspens begin to change leaf color. During this time period, the trees are in transition, changing from the glowing greens of the summer to the radiant and dark browns and yellows, oranges and crimson hues that radiate in the fall.

The colors are often described on a grade of 0-100% in terms of intensity of colors, with each sightseeing region peaking at different times of the year. Some of the top destinations to visit to see the fall colors include Mammoth Lakes, Sagehen Summit, Tioga Pass, Rock Creek, the June Lake Loop and many other areas where you can see the fall colors at their most brilliant.

Sagehen Summit is one of the grandest points in the region. It can be found off California Highway 120, on the southeast edge of the Mono Basin. You can find the parking location for the summit at the Benton exit on 120 East. It is one of the region’s most popular areas for advanced rock climbing and to see the incredible fall colors.