Fall in the Mammoth Lakes area is a glorious spectacular time of year.The Eastern Sierra region is laced with rugged canyons carved by rushing streams and is home to some of the finest fall color viewing anywhere.
Autumn displays of golden aspen mingle with pine forest and contrast with stark granite walls.
Cottonwood and willow line stream banks and border alpine meadows. Above it all looms the towering Sierra Nevada mountain range jutting into the azure sky.
Top Hikes for Fall Colors in Mammoth Lakes
Fall is locals favorite for hiking, horseback riding, fishing and exploring the local national monuments and parks.
Late September is when the pack stations in Mammoth Lakes take their horses to warmer patures for teh winter. Saddle up for a multi-day horse drive with Reds Meadow Pack Station or Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit.
Take to the sky to photograph the fall colors from above on a scenic helicopter ride with SkyTime Helicopter Tours.
Yosemite National Park
Fall is the perfect time to visit neighboring Yosemite National Park to see the changing-leaves season, not often captured on camera. The Entrance to the park is only 45 minutes away and in the fall you'll practically have the park to yourself. PLease note: The Tioga Pass road entrance to the park (access from Mammoth Lakes) is open typically through October unless it's an early snow year. Please checkroad conditions prior to arrival.
On the Web
- CaliforniaFallColor.com: Updated fall color reports from across the state.
- Fall Colors Within 30 Minutes of Mammoth Lakes
Fall Color Guides
By Mail: The Eastern High Sierra Fall Color Guide provides twenty locations to view spectacular fall colors from Big Pine Canyon in the south to Walker River Canyon in the north. To request your free copy call 888-GO-Mammoth. Pick one up at the California Welcome Center - Mammoth Lakes located on Hwy 203 at the entrance to town.
Downloadable Fall Color Pocket Guide
Download this free, printable pockets guide with nine of the top viewing areas within a 30 minute drive from Mammoth Lakes. Just Dowload, print, fold, and put in you pocket.