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Enjoy Autumn in So. Mono County

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With the arrival of cooler morning temperatures and breezy days, locals know autumn has commenced. The leaves are already starting to turn at the base of the Sherwin Range. Autumn is a signal for winter preparation, especially for deciduous trees.

Southern Mono County offers several options to explore the changing colors in the Eastern Sierra. All within a few minutes drive.

All Images Courtesy of BAD Photography

Mammoth Lakes

Around and east of town, there are a few places to explore without driving too far. Just follow the creeks. Walkaround Snowcreek Meadow around Old Mammoth and Minaret Roads. Or get your vehicle dirty and tour Sherwin Creek Road.

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Convict Lake

Follow Convict Lake Road up to the lake and enjoy the scenery. From the marina and the trail which circumnavigates the lake, there are plenty of photographic opportunities to capture the beauty of the area.

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McGee Creek

For a good morning adventure, hike the trail which parallels McGee Creek to the beaver ponds. The photos speak for themselves.

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Rock Creek

As you navigate Rock Creek Road, there are several options to pull off the pavement and enjoy the view. The Little Lakes Valley trailhead at Mosquito Flats is a perfect launching point for a day of hiking and photographing. Since the elevation is higher than other areas, Rock Creek is typically the first area to observe the changing of seasons firsthand.

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June Lake Loop

Take a leisurely tour around June Lake Loop. The views around Silver Lake offer better locations for enjoying the changing colors. If you are looking for more seclusion, pack a lunch and hike to Parker Lake.

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Lee Vining Creek

If you are driving up Tioga Pass Road, look left and down to Lee Vining Creek. Left on Poole Power Plant Road which parallels the creek. Plenty of places to pull over and walk around and enjoy the views.

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Other Options

Conway Summit & Virginia Lakes

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Sagehen Meadows

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Bishop Creek & South Lake

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Directions

Starting Point – Main St. (CA 203) & Old Mammoth Rd.

Mammoth & Sherwin Creek Convergence

  1. Old Mammoth Rd. to just past the park
  2. Left on Sherwin Creek Rd.
  3. Right at the Picnic Area

Convict Lake

  1. CA 203 to US 395 South
  2. South on US 395 (1.5mi)
  3. Right on Convict Lake Rd. to End (boat launch)

McGee Creek

  1. CA 203 to US 395 South
  2. South on US 395 (5.5mi)
  3. Right on McGee Creek Rd. to End (trailhead)

Rock Creek

  1. CA 203 to US 395 South
  2. South on US 395 (12mi)
  3. Right on Rock Creek Rd. (Tom’s Place) to End (Mosquito Flats)

June Lake Loop

  1. CA 203 to US 395 North
  2. North on US 395 (11.5mi)
  3. Left on CA 158 (June Lake Junction)

Parker Lake Trailhead

  1. CA 203 to US 395 North
  2. North on US 395 (17.5mi)
  3. Left on CA 158 (North Junction)
  4. Right on Parker Lake Rd. to End (trailhead)

Conway Summit & Virginia Lakes

  1. CA 203 to US 395 North
  2. North on US 395 (34.5mi)
  3. Left on Virginia Lakes Rd. to End

Sagehen Meadows

  1. CA 203 to US 395 North
  2. North on US 395 (20mi)
  3. Right on CA 120 (15.6mi)
  4. Right on Sagehen Meadows Rd. (Forest Service – 1N02A) (2.4mi)

Bishop Creek & South Lake

  1. CA 203 to US 395 South
  2. South on US 395 (33mi)
  3. Right on Ed Powers Rd. (2.5mi)
  4. Right on CA 168 (10mi)
  5. Left on South Lake Rd. to End

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