Timing for Eastern Sierra fall color?

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Timing for Eastern Sierra fall color?
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I'm sure we have some Sierra shooters here.

My trips to the Sierra all have been in late winter/early spring. I'd like to go this fall to try to shoot some fall color. I know that timing is very variable and condition dependent but would like some guidance. I have late September in mind but worry that it might be a bit early. Should I hold off until early October? How early?

Coming from the Bay Area. I've gone over the Sonora Pass, down 395 from Reno and up around Bakersfield but have never had a chance to go through Yosemite across the Tioga Pass due to road closures. If I can get there in time for fall color but before Tioga Pass closes, that would be spectacular.

I'm also interested in lodging suggestions. At various times I've based out of Bridgeport, Bishop and Lone Pine. Lee Vining is tempting for location but limited and probably pricey.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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