June Lake, CA

Duck be­neath golden as­pens in the Ansel Adams Wilder­ness.

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ANSEL ADAMS WILDER­NESS, CAL­I­FOR­NIA

Come Oc­to­ber, the Golden State re­ally earns the nick­name. Head out to the east­ern Sierra this month to see why. Here, the sweep of as­pens is just be­gin­ning. Our rec­om­men­da­tion: the 5-mile, un­named fish­er­man’s trail that links June, Gull, Sil­ver, and Grant Lakes. The so­cial path par­al­lels Sil­ver Creek down­stream through as­pen cor­ri­dors and mead­ows with peek­a­boo glances south to the gran­ite face of 10,909-foot Car­son Peak. If you do plan to cast a line, Sil­ver Lake (near the mid­way point) of­fers the best shore fish­ing (rain­bow and brook­ies). Park off June Lake Loop (CA 158) near its name­sake, then pick your way down to the creek; the path fol­lows it the whole way. Ex­pect col­or­ful as­pens (bright yel­low or even rosy) through the third week of Oc­to­ber. Con­tact bit.do/ansel-adams-wild

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