Fall Color Photography in the Eastern Sierras
Have you ever experienced the enchanting allure of Yosemite during the fall season? While it's undoubtedly a sight to behold, there's a hidden gem waiting to be discovered – the breathtaking drive over Tioga Pass. California's most resplendent autumn hues come to life along the iconic Highway 395, just a short detour from the main route.
To find the best centrally located accommodations for your fall colors photo drive, consider booking a room or campsite in either June Lake or Mammoth Lakes.
Traversing Tioga Pass is an awe-inspiring journey, offering an abundance of photo-worthy moments at every turn. As you venture southward along Highway 395, don't miss the chance to explore the picturesque June Lake Loop, where vibrant fall colors will captivate your senses. Continue your adventure by heading to Mammoth Lakes, where a scenic drive through town and up to Lake Mary, along with its neighboring lakes, promises a truly spectacular vista.
Venturing further southward, you'll encounter the enchanting Convict Lake and the alluring Rock Creek Road.
The following day, continue your journey up Highway 395 until you reach the panoramic Conway Summit. Take a detour up Lundy Road to discover the stunning Lundy Lake, adorned with a kaleidoscope of fall colors. As you travel northward along Highway 395, make a point to visit Twin Lakes, where the vivid autumn foliage contrasts beautifully against the crystalline waters and towering granite peaks.
Before heading back home, relish a delightful lunch in the quaint town of Bridgeport. Timing is key for this mesmerizing journey – October is the ideal month. Witness the fall colors reach their peak in the early part of the month at higher elevations, and in late October at the lower elevations, ensuring you enjoy the full splendor of this captivating road trip.