Kick up leaves, splash through a creek, and take in the views during nature’s most spectacular season
Photo by Thomas J. Story, written by Mackenzie Geidt
True weekend escape: It’d be worth a trip to this corner of the Eastern Sierra for the flaming trees alone. But June Lake also has lakes, waterfalls, jagged peaks, and a little something for everyone. Rent a pedal boat at Gull Lake Marina ($20/hour; gulllakemarina.com) to take in the views with resident ducks. For aspens, hike the 4-mile round-trip Parker Lake Trail.
Don’t miss: The Double Eagle Resort & Spa (from $199; doubleeagle.com), with luxe rooms and cabins, free yoga, and a sleek restaurant ($$$).