Fall Colors Light up Mammoth
The trees change to bright reds, yellows and orange and become in full color when the night air says that Mammoth Mountain is chilling down for winter. The cooler temperatures make the trees change from green to yellow to fiery red, and when the wind begins to blow, the leaves float to the ground. It is a sight to behold, and a nice time to break away for a long 3 day "before holiday" getaway. Fishing season is still open until November 14
The trees generally light up around the first two weeks of October as the cooler weather spreads across the valley. It takes the cooler nights in our alpine environment along with sunny days to make them change. By the end of October it is all over. Depending on natural snowfall, the process might speed up a bit. To put it in prospective, the ski resort schedules opening day the first or second Thursday of November. Most times you can fish and ski on the same day! There is also winter fishing available in some of the Eastern Sierra streams. It's quite a site to be fishing when the trees are ablaze and the drive up HWY 395 to Mammoth is one you have to do during the day, rather than at night.
The best places to view fall colors and the glistening water are Rock Creek and Lundy Lake, but you can go just about anywhere to see them. The Forest Service keeps a tight watch on what areas are lighting up the sky. We ask them where you can see the best colors each weekend as they know when they hit their peak. It it is always a good idea to check to see where the brightest colors can be seen. The best viewing of fall colors in Mammoth Lakes including the Eastern Sierra area starts in October however changing weather may delay the start.
There are 20 different places listed in the Welcome Center's Fall Color Guide
running from Big Pine Canyon to Walker River Canyon which would take you across the entire Easter Sierra area. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center in Mammoth to pick up a guide, and speak with the forest ranger. They monitor the changing colors daily and know where you'll get the best viewing and the most spectacular colors.
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