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Where else can you play a round of golf in the morning and take a Gondola Ride to 11,000 feet to share in the spectacular views?  In Mammoth Lakes of course!

Below are nine great activities that you can do any fall day around the area.

  1. Go fishing – anglers will tell you that fall is their favorite time of year to fish in the Eastern Sierra.  Fishing in fall is phenomenal! Try Twin Lakes, Lake Mary and Lake Mamie from the shore or by boat.
  2. Go for a hike – hiking in and around Mammoth Lakes are sure to get you some great viewing spots.
  3. See the fall colors at June Lake – Take Highway 395 north to the June Lake Loop, Highway 158. The 16-mile road passes through town, winds its way around the lakes and through alpine canyons.  Enjoy the scenic overlook at Oh Ridge.  Continue around the lake past Gull Lake to Silver Lake, which is sure to offer a color spectacle in the fall.
  4. Play a round of golf – Pick up the Fall Unlimited Play Pass for Sierra Star Golf Course and you’ll be playing in the fall foliage every day.
  5. See the falls at Reds Meadow and Devil’s Postpile – $10 per car to drive directly to the trailheads. Parking lots fill up by 11am, so be sure to get there early, or go later after 2pm.
  6. Enjoy the Autumn Beer Fest at June Lake – crafts, craft brewers, stunning views and fall foliage at Gull Lake are sure to impress.
  7. Gondola Rides for spectacular views – what better way to see the views than from 11,000 feet. Take a ride, enjoy the once in a lifetime view, at least if you’re visiting.
  8. Watch the sunset at Minaret Vista – grab a snack box of gourmet items at Bleu Handcrafted Foods and head up to 9,265 feet and watch the amazing views as the sun sets.
  9. Kayak on Lake Mary – paddle around the perimeter of the lake where you’ll see Crystal Crag towering high above the Mammoth Crest, and the fisherman along the shore.

Fall in the Eastern Sierra is amazing — the colors are to die for. If you haven’t had the chance to explore yet, we’re giving you a helping hand. Below is the Eastern Sierra Fall Color Guide and where to go for the best colors.


eastern sierra fall color guide

With over 100 lakes and streams, world-class trout fishing, miles of groomed hiking trails, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, golfing, camping, and home to one of the world’s largest ski resorts – Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes seems to have it all.

No matter the season, there is always some kind of outdoor activity to do, young or old.

With Fall upon us, Mammoth Lakes is just going to get more beautiful. I can’t wait for the changing leaf colors, the holiday lights that will soon start appearing, and all the skiers bundled up as they come and go from a day of skiing.

To see all the Fall Colors in their splendor, download’s fall color guide:

Scenic Tours
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 check road conditions prior to arrival.

On the Web Updated fall color reports from across the state.
Fall Colors Within 30 Minutes of Mammoth Lakes

Here is a great article on fly fishing tips for fall:

Be sure to check out my Mammoth Lakes Resources page for links to everything from weather and visitor’s guides to upcoming events.

One of the things I love most about living in Mammoth Lakes is experiencing all four seasons.  This is something most Californians do not have the opportunity to enjoy but provides spectacular sights for us in the Eastern Sierra.

Fall has officially begun with fall color starting to show in the Eastern Sierra.    Colors are emerging to show locally at the base of the Sherwin’s, in town and in the Lakes Basin.  I look forward to enjoying Mother Nature’s show in the next few weeks.   I plan on heading up south to Rock Creek and north to Conway Summit this weekend.  For more information on fall colors in Mammoth Lakes, visit 

This is a photo I took early October 2013 on my iPhone at Conway Summit.   Looking forward to going to the exact spot this weekend….stay tuned!IMG_1946

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