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Among California’s best locations to experience fall color is the June Lake area, just outside the eastern border of Yosemite National Park.
The June Lake Loop (CA Highway 158) runs through the town of June Lake, and along a handful of popular recreational lakes. These lakes, and the rivers that join them, are surrounded by thousands of aspen trees, which generally turn brilliant yellows and oranges in their process of shedding leaves (usually in October.)
This location, found in a small park along Rush Creek, reveals some of the more impressive fall color displays of the area.
The June Lake area is popular throughout the year with its numerous lakes for fishing and boating in summer, amazing fall color displays, plus skiing & other activities in winter. Access through Yosemite is limited during the winter and spring, however, as Tioga Road generally closes when the first snows arrive in the high country (usually in November), and reopens in the spring (usually May or June) when conditions permit.
June Lake is generally accessible year-round via US Route 395, which parallels the eastern Sierra from north to south through the Owens and Mono Valleys.
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