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Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra

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It is that time of year again in the Eastern Sierras…

Summer has ended and the short period of fall begins, allowing the foliage to change the landscape into a vibrant painting of fiery orange and glowing yellows. It is the perfect temperature to take long hikes in the crisp air and get out into the wilderness before it is blanketed in white snow.

Aspens on the bike pathThere are a ton of easy and longer hikes in and around Mammoth Lakes, and the surrounding areas. Even if you are driving down the 395 you will get beautiful glimpses of color through the Conway Pass and Crowley Lakes area. There are probably hundreds of canyons you could explore off the 395, but some places to really see it up close are Lundy Canyon, the Bishop Creek area, and Virginia Lakes.

Lundy Canyon is accessed off the 395 just north of Lee Vining. The trail starts near Mill Creek in the Aspens then climbs high offering stunning views. Virginia Lakes is located in the Humboldt-Toyaibe National Forest.  Take the 395 and exit Virginia Lakes Road off of Conway Summit. You can see the Aspen groves in the canyons and on the open slopes below the peaks. There are several trails and dirt roads to choose from, all offering great views. The Bishop Creek area is accessed out of downtown Bishop off of highway 168. This will lead you to Lake Sabrina, North Lake and South Lake. The varying degree of elevations and topography almost guarantees great colors.

If you are in Mammoth Lakes you don’t have to go too far. On the Sherwin Mountains above the Snowcreek area there are many roads and paths that flourished with color. For an easy stroll in town, take the footpath or dirt road along Mammoth Creek south of Old Mammoth Road. Or, you can end your day with a walk around Convict Lake and walk under a canopy of Aspens on a wood footbridge on the back-side of the lake. There are so many other choices and I am sure none of them will disappoint you. Get out there and enjoy it

Blog submission by Brandee Dell’Aringa

 

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