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Top 20 Fall Color Spots in the Sierra Mountains

Fall Alpine County

Sierra REC’s Top Recommended Fall Visits in the Sierra Mountains

As the season’s change in the Sierra, some of the most beautiful scenery bursts into sight from both the road and from the trail. Fall Colors can fade quickly in the Sierra season’s as Winter pushes its way into our lives, so we recommend not holding out on these fall hikes if given a chance.

Central Sierra

Hope Valley Meadow – Hwy 88 – Just before you get to Red Lake and Carson PassHWY 88 Fall ColorSorensen’s Resort Hope Valley – Hwy 88Camp Richardson Bike Trail  and Taylor Creek- Hwy 89 West side of Tahoe

  • Taylor creek fallSpooner Lake – Hwy 50 East Tahoe

    Wolf Creek – Hwy 4

    Squaw Valley Trail System – HWY 89 North Lake Tahoesquawvalley fall

Southern Sierra’s _ (East Side of Sierra)

June Lake Loop – HWY 158


Convict Lake – Off 395 South of Mammoth lake 6 miles

Lee Vining Canyon – Off 395 to HWY 120 West (to Yosemite)


Lundy Canyon – Hwy 395 to HWY 167Lundy Canyon fall colorMammoth Lakes Basin – 395 to 203


McGee Creek Canyon- Off Hwy 395 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes

Southern Sierra (West side of Sierra) – the East side is far more spectacular for fall colors but here are few to try on the Southwest side of the Sierra.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Fall color

Meadow with boardwalk in Yosemite National Park Valley with Yosemite Falls at cloudy autumn morning. Low clouds lay in the valley. California, USA.


Marble Fall Trail in Sequoia National Park

Zumwalt Meadow in Sequoia National Park

Northern Sierra/ Lassen

  • Quincy/Bucks Lake Area

  • Chester/Lake Almanor Area

  • Graeagle/Lakes Basin Recreation Area

  • Portola/Lake Davis/Beckwourth

  • Lassen Peak Trail (Only open in 2014 on weekend of Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 10-13)

  • Manzanita Lake

    Manzanita Lake - Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Manzanita Lake – Lassen Volcanic National Park

fall color photo challenge
The Mono county region has their own Fall Colors tour guide here

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Charlie REC magazine - Charlie Pankey ~ Publisher

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