Fall Colors Just South of Mammoth Lakes

Fall in the Mammoth Lakes area is a glorious 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. You can even find gorgeous fall colors right in Mammoth Lakes. Check out these top fall color viewing spots just south of Mammoth Lakes.

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Fall Colors at Convict Lake

Head 15 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes by car to the shores of Convict Lake. The vivid blue water of the lake is the perfect contrast to the bright gold aspen leaves. Hike around Convict Lake Loop to the largest aspen groves on the backside of the lake.

Fall Colors in McGee Creek Canyon

Wander along McGee Creek to see the willow, cottonwood an aspen trees as they transform into shades of gold and orange. You’ll start to see fall colors as you drive back to the McGee Creek Trailhead, but you can also hike back into the canyon to experience the fall colors here on foot.

Fall Colors at Rock Creek Canyon

At nearly 10,000 feet, Rock Creek Canyon is one of the earliest places you’ll spot fall colors when the weather gets cold. Drive all the way up the canyon, stopping to take pictures or picnic at Rock Creek Lake along the way.

Fall Colors at Lower Rock Creek

Just south of the Rock Creek Canyon turn off, you’ll find the trailhead for Lower Rock Creek. This area is for hiking or downhill mountain biking among the fall colors. 

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