Fall colors at California’s Conway Summit
Take in the views from Conway Summit Area of Critical Environmental Concern, a destination for aspen viewers in the fall as the trees turn brilliant shades of yellow and orange against the backdrop of the Sierra.
Conway Summit is a mountain pass in Mono County, California. It offers spectacular views of Mono Lake and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The summit is traversed by U.S. Highway 395, which connects Bridgeport and the East Walker River on the north side of the pass to Mono Lake and Lee Vining to the south. It marks the highest point on U.S. 395.
Conway Summit was named after John Andrew Conway, a settler in the area in 1880. Geographically, it was formed from an upland plateau by the sinking of the land in the Mono basin area. The Sawtooth Ridge of the eastern Sierra Nevada, topped by 12,279 foot Matterhorn Peak, rises to the west of the pass; Green Creek and Virginia Lakes, in the Sierra Nevada to the west of the pass, are two local destinations for fishing, camping and aspen trees. The Bodie Hills and the infamous Bodie ghost town lie to the east.
Photos by Bob Wick, BLM.