Go Time for Mono County's Fall Color Reporting

The inaugural outlook for the 2019 leaf-peeping season is live.

PART OF THE ADVENTURE, when it comes to the time-honored pastime of leaf-peeping while road-tripping, is happening upon a grove of golden trees. It's just you, your road buddy, and a bunch of cottonwoods, or aspens, and perhaps a sweeping vista or still lake to complement the serene scene. Just ten minutes ago, you had no idea such a grove existed, but as luck would have it, you took the wrong turn. Or make that the right turn, and, oh joy, here you are: In the perfect, super-colorful fall spot. That scenario? Well, it does happen, of course, but successful leaf-peepery also depends upon having a few knowledgeable people point you in the right direction at the right moment. And such people may be found at...

MONO COUNTY'S TOURISM ARM, which keeps tabs on which areas are turning and when that turn is happening (or expected to happen). Because enjoying fall colors isn't an act with longevity. Rather, you need to be ready to spring into camera-wielding, hike-ready action. And the action has begun on the official Mono County fall colors page, where the very first report for 2019 is now live as of Sept. 18. A report of snow on some upper peaks is the headline, but so are changing leaves at lovely Virginia Lakes, as well as Upper Rock Creek. There's no urgent call to "Go Now" (also known as "Near Peak"), but the fall-fancying Mono County staffers expect such a call to appear in the next report.

WHAT'S YOUR NEXT STEP? Stocking up on a road snacks and warm socks and your favorite walking stick for starters, and ringing your autumn-obsessed bestie, to make sure they're ready to roll at any moment. And, of course, keep checking the Mono County fall color report, each and every mid-week, for as long as the foliage season lasts. And may it last a good long time so that every Eastern Sierra lover can find that special golden cottonwood grove, with, of course, a little help by the people who happen to know the area best.

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