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I'm no expert, but from today I'd say North Lake is basically peaking right now, or a little past on the north side of the lake, but with a little green on the east side of the lake.
The road on the west side of the lake is stunning. The pocket at the day use parking is past peak. The pocket at the base of north lake road is peaking. Just below lake Sabrina, it is peaking right now. At the lake it is past peak. Similarly south lake itself is passed peak, but a little...Show more →
To second what you say about North Lake, it's a bit weird looking with the colors getting close to peak on the north side of the lake, but the east side of the lake with very little color. The typical wide angle shot of the lake doesn't work. The road to south lake is really looking good like you said, but at the higher elevations. The cool waterfall on the south side of that canyon is still surrrounded in green aspen, with just a hint of color. Just past it is where the color starts.
June Lake loop is still a week a way from peaking, color is just barely starting there.
The colors in the Owens valley are just barely started too.
At Conway Summit/ Dunderberg Meadow, there is color at the very top, and a patch of color at the very bottom, but in general it is still a week a way.
So for me, in general, I would suggest that next weekend (Oct 6-7) would be much nicer. In terms of what we think is "Normal" ( I know everyone can seem to have their own normal). But when I was in Colorado, in general the color was a week ahead of schedule, in the Eastern Sierra, it was a week behind my normal. So the best color I would say is still a week a way in the Eastern Sierra, only pockets of color now. Perhaps the difference being that it felt much warmer out here in the Sierra, than it did to me in Colorado.