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Photograph the Fall Colors of McGee Creek

Mammoth Lakes, California

based on 2 reviews



3 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type



Added by Matt Purciel

One of the prime locations to photograph the fall colors in the Eastern Sierra.

McGee Creek is one of my favorite spots in the Eastern Sierra to photography the fall color. Most people avoid the area because the best views require you to hike and explore but the rewards are worth it. Right close to the parking lot is McGee Creek which is a beautiful creek to photograph offering intimate water shots with the golden aspens. Or hike up the trail that right off provides dramatic views of McGee Creek Canyon.

McGee Creek is just west of Crowley Lake in Mono County. The trailhead for the canyon is located eight miles south of Mammoth Lakes on US Hwy. 395, west at the McGee Creek exit. It's only a couple mile drive from Hwy 395.

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Photograph the Fall Colors of McGee Creek Reviews

This year was my first visit to McGee Canyon and it was one of the best spots I've been for viewing the leaves of Mono County. Each year can be a little different so maybe this was THE year for McGee but it was brilliant. The rugged peaks, the sounds of falling water, and the vibrant fall colors creeping up all sides of the canyon. The parking area fills up but since it's a short hike there always seems to be spots opening up if you're patient.

Stunning hike. We did close to 4 mi round trip. Super bummed we didn’t have more time to keep going!

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