Do you mean Fall colors? You can hike to Devil's Postpile in Mammoth, the fall colors will be in full effect. October might be too late, though.
Dates are flexible at this point; would early October be better? I know it is also going to vary by elevation. (Yes, should be "fall color.". Oops.".
The great places for fall colors are:
2) Convict Lake _ just south of Mammoth Lakes
4) Lundy Lake and Canyon area - try to drive a mile further past the end of the lake (or walk it).
There is also some fall colors at the start of Tioga Pass where the aspen trees are.
Also, keep your eye out for wild life. There is usually bear, deer, and other animals easily seen during this past of the year.
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I sure do wish there would be snow on the peaks this year like those photos from 2017.
Here is a map and guide you can download, and print out if you want, which shows you the usual locations of the fall colors: http://tinyurl.com/hw5zeps
Also, keep checking the site http://californiafallcolor.com before your trip. They have frequent updates of the latest "sightings" of colors, so you can choose the best location for the days you are there.
If you drive the June Lake Loop (158), that will put you right in the middle of the aspens which should be in full color, and you can see without any hiking. However on a clear sunny day there may be plenty of other people enjoying the colors too.
Here is a photo travelogue of the eastern Sierra region' showing the most popular sights in the region. This was a September trip when the trees were still green, but it gives you an idea of what the main sights are like: travelswithbillandnancy.com/eastern_sierras.…
You're welcome. The fall color season starts at the higher elevations and gradually moves to lower elevations. And to some extent at least, north to south. But temperatures in the fall can also affect the progression of the color, and storms can affect the whole thing by blowing off the leaves. Along Highway 395 from Big Pine north to Topaz Lake, most of the mountain roads going west up into the eastern side of the Sierra will lead to some aspen or cottonwood trees. You usually see stands of all one color, from yellow to yellow-orange, rather than the mixed-up patchwork of colors you see in New England states. The trees in fall color will look brightest on a sunny day. Your best bet is to keep checking http://californiafallcolor.com on a daily basis right before your trip, so see where the latest sightings are and what areas are at peak color.