Photograph the Fall Colors of McGee Creek

3 miles 500 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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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Waterfall Reward

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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