What? : Scenic,
winding road running through mountains and around three lakes. The 16 mile road
(hwy 158, off 395 hwy) will take you into an alpine valley that has 4 large
lakes, perfect for summer vacation or day hiking and exploration. At winter you
can enjoy the small June Mountain Ski Area.
Where? : June Lake Loop
on hwy 158 is a side road south of Lee Vining on hwy 395 on your way to Mammoth
When? : Lake activity
at summer and small ski area at winter. At fall the aspen leaves paint the
lower hillsides and lakes shorelines with yellow and gold colors.
Due note 1: At summer, the
lakes and the loop can be overcrowded, do not expect to have a secluded visit
Due note 2: I did not have
the time to do any hiking in this area so I can’t provide any information on
My thoughts: I visit here
at mid-summer day and I did not like the amount of people and traffic in this
place. The scenery is very nice, blue lakes and huge mountain cliffs but
everything was over packed with traffic and people.
summer this is very crowded place to be, lake beaches and parking lots are full,
and you have a lot of traffic. There are several beautiful lakes along the road,
an option for a fun day out on the beautiful beaches.
There are also
hiking trails towards the alpine lakes up the surrounding mountain cliffs.
The second lake
in size, 1 mile long, ½ mile wide) but the most popular is June Lake.
northeast end is a swimming beach, popular in the Summer months, large marina
on the east south side near town. There are campgrounds and RV parks
surrounding the lake.
This is the
smallest lake; it has small marina.
Both June Lake and
Gull Lake are located near the town, proximity for local accommodation.
The lake is nestled
between the mountains and I found it to be the preferred lake out of the 4
lakes in this drive.
place for a short picnic stops or to enjoy some lake activity is at Silver lake.
If you are coming
from June Lake 9 recommend to park at the firs large parking lot on your right
side. There are paths among the trees that will take you to the nearby lake
shore. This section of the lake is relatively shallow and is popular for relaxing
on the grassy beach, kayaking, and fishing.
At the north
side of the lake there is a resort and large RV park, the trailhead to the
alpine lakes Gem Lake up in the mountain start from there.
lake and the less crowded.
This lake is
located outside the mountain section of the loop and the scenery is changing
from Alpine pine forest nested in the mountain to the open eastern sierra
This lake is
mainly use for boats, Grant Lake Marina and RV park.
I think this is
under BLM land so you can camp here for the night without any fee.