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Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra (Mammoth and Beyond)

  • Oct 12, 2013 · 5:00 AM
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Event is open for RSVPs Tuesday Oct 1st 12pm

Update from Micheal Frye 

I'm in Lee Vining now, and the lower elevation areas like June Lake Loop and Lee Vining Canyon are not yet at peak, as there's still lots of green. I'd put them at about 60-70% turned. Places that are a little higher, like Conway Summit, are at about peak, with some bare trees and some green trees. The snow and cold today could have an adverse affect on the leaves that are turned or partly turned; we'll see.


Michael FryeMichael Frye Photography

Sounds good to ME!! 

Important information - Please make your hotel reservations ASAP

EVENT HOST(S):  Eric & Hai


I am interested in catching fall colors. We will be traveling to several locations around Mammoth CA.  The initial meeting location will be email to all of the Yes participants.  People who show up to the meeting loctaion will be giving detailed instructions on the locations for that day.  This will be two days of shooting.  Carpooling and Sharing of hotels is encouraged.  Will there be night shooting maybe.  

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS (please read this first if you have questions)

You must join the RSVP yes to get the meeting location.  

You must have a YES RSVP to actually attend.

People with prior No Shows will be ignored and removed from the Yes RSVP list (More about no shows)

You must withdraw from the event 4 days before it starts or you will be counted as a no show.

Guests (1) are permitted.

Bringing undeclared guests will be treated the same as a no-show.

We will be emailing details of the meeting location to people before the event.  Please check your email settings before the event (Suggested email settings  <-- Click the Blue)


Costs depend on your Hotel reservations and sleeping arrangements.  Gas depends on your carpool situation. 


Friday Night 

Meet in Mammoth CA 10pm (If you cannot make this meeting my phone number will be included in the email for catching up with the group).  


Morning Sunrise - Taking Photos

Breakfast = Eating 

Afternoon = Napping / Scouting / Lunch

Sunset = Taking Photos

Night = Photo editing / Photo taking


• Camera

• Lenses (Wide angle ~24mm, ~50mm)

• Tripod

• Intervalometer

• Memory Cards 

• Batteries

• Snacks

• Warm Clothes (Coat, Hat, Gloves,)

• Water, Gatorade

Specific Meeting locations will be given to people on the Friday.  General Meeting location will be on Friday will be Mammoth CA. I am staying in Mammoth both nights FYI. 

 If interested in Carpooling Please post a comment below and proceed with personal emails after that. 


Q: How much Hiking will be involved. 

A: Yes we might be doing some steep up hills to locations but distance will be limited to 2 miles.  

If you have further questions ask below in the comments.

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  • Travis C.

    Great! Thanks for putting this event together Eric.

    October 15, 2013

  • Sarita

    Thanks for organizing Eric! Had a great time-great people, beautiful colors, good food, and lots of fun!

    October 15, 2013

  • LT

    great, lots of colors

    October 12, 2013

  • Shibu T.

    It was an awesome experience. Got little confused when I saw a lot people standing at our spot, I thought everybody is from Banp lol :).

    1 · October 12, 2013

  • Ling

    Just saw one spot is open. I live at San Jose. Is there any room and carpool still available?

    October 10, 2013

    • Travis C.

      LT, feel free to email me: traviscano at msn dot com

      October 10, 2013

    • Ling

      Eric, I got an accommodation and ride in the last minute. The RSVP is closed. Could you please add me in? Thanks.

      October 11, 2013

  • Enrico

    Check for road conditions before you make your trip out there via Hwy120/108 because Tuesday/Wednesday it is expected to snow a couple inches and Hwy120 will be closed Today after 6pm not sure about 108. They will reopen the road when the snow/ice is mostly gone and the road safe to drive.
    For Hwy108 road conditions you can check here:
    For Hwy120 road conditions outside of Yosemite you can check here:
    For Hwy120 in Yosemite: CALL[masked] Press 1 and the 1 again

    October 8, 2013

    • Enrico

      If 120/108/4 remains closed until Friday. alternate route would be Hwy 88 then 89 or Hwy50 and then 89. This detour adds at least an hour to the usual time to get to the Eastern Sierra from the Bay Area.

      October 10, 2013

  • Travis C.

    If anyone wants to carpool from San Jose I have a Corolla with three seats available, so can accommodate 1 other person comfortably and then two more for a squeeze :)

    I will be camping at June Lake's Pine Cliff Resort on Friday night and Saturday night. Or if someone wants to share a hotel room, I would be up for that as well.

    I will have to drive back on Sunday evening.

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • LT

      i send you and email

      October 9, 2013

    • stanley s.

      LT, Travis, just replied to you guys.

      October 9, 2013

  • Vinayak

    Looks like I'll be working this weekend. Giving up my spot...

    October 8, 2013

  • Paul H

    Don't forget, unfortunately Yosemite is closed to the public at this time, in case anyone was planning on driving through it. Hopefully this changes soon!

    Would love to join you all, need to check with work though.

    October 1, 2013

    • Paul H

      I was told yesterday by someone at work; I guess that was incorrect, which is good news because I was planning on seeing Mono Lake and fall colors myself. In fact, I see this is full already; I may go by myself anyway, as I was already targeting that weekend if I can get away from work. :)

      October 2, 2013

    • Steven C.

      There are other passes to get there. In fact, most of the time the more northerly pass is actually faster from San Jose to Mono Lake because the speed limit is higher and the road is a bit less windy.

      1 · October 7, 2013

  • Haik N.

    Any carpool available?

    October 6, 2013

  • Shibu T.

    Hello guys, Anybody traveling from or through sacramento. I would like to car pool if you have an extra space for me :)


    October 2, 2013

  • Eric H.

    I have room for 2 in my carpool I will be be leaving at 3:30 from Sunnyvale. I can pick you up if you are on the way. I also might have one space in my hotel room. Please email if interested.

    October 1, 2013

    • LT

      eric, i can join you,

      October 2, 2013

    • Eric H.

      Sorry LT you are a little late my car is full and the meetup is also full.

      October 2, 2013

  • dhruv

    I just went there last weekend all by myself and the colors were about to peak near June lake, Upper Rock Creek Canyon and there were some yellow aspens on the dirt road near Inyo Craters. I wish i could go again with you guys :(

    October 2, 2013

  • Nathan Y.

    Any plans for Monday? Anyone staying the extra day?

    October 1, 2013

    • Eric H.

      No plans for Monday Here I dont' have that day off

      October 1, 2013

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