Things to do in June Lake
June Lake Loop promises year round adventure - warm sunny summer days trout fishing in the streams, hiking through high alpine meadows scattered with vibrant spring wildflowers, marveling at the glowing golden fall colors and dipping into natural hot springs after a day of adventure in the dramatic snowy Sierras. A year-round destination with plenty of fun, activities, festivals and events for those looking for adventure or to simply relax and unwind.
- Hiking - The hiking around June Lake and the nearby Yosemite National Park is endless. Explore the stunning mountain landscapes of the High Sierras on some of the best hiking trails in the US with spectacular vistas, stunning falls colors and beautiful refreshing glacial lakes.
- Rock Climbing - Head to Tuolumne Meadows at the east entrance of Yosemite for world-class rock climbing. Climb the famous granite domes of Yosemite or head to the volcanic rock of Clark’s Canyon for easier beginner climbs.
- Fall Colors – The vibrant colorful aspens in the Eastern Sierras makes June Lake a sought after fall vacation destination. Drive the June Lake Loop Road lined with golden aspens or head into the wilderness for a spectacular display of golden, yellow and red aspen leaves rustling in the wind.
- Soak in nature’s natural spas – Enjoy solitude and spectacular scenery as you relax and unwind in one of the many bubbling natural hot springs near June Lake. Many of them are off the beaten path but a little direction will lead you to the best hot springs in the area.
- Fishing – Besides the exceptional fishing on the Loop’s four lakes, there are many mountain streams to quietly cast a line and hook a trout during the warmer months. There are many guides in June Lake that will ensure you the ultimate fishing experience.
- Water-sports – Enjoy a day in paradise on the beautiful glacial lakes surrounding June Lake, skipping rocks, water-skiing and wake-boarding in Grant Lake, kayaking the deep blue water of Silver Lake, paddling and sailing the waters of Gull Lake or swimming from the sandy shores of June Lake. A perfect destination for water lovers.
- Day Trips – There are many inspiring and beautiful places to explore just a short drive from June Lake. Yosemite National Park, a piece of paradise with plunging waterfalls, giant sequoias and scenic peaks is only a 30-minute drive north of the lake and 20 minutes to the south is the premier mountain resort of Mammoth Lakes. Nearby Thousand Island Lake, a remote wilderness of spectacular beauty and one of June Lake’s best kept secrets is a must see. Other nearby sites in the area to visit are The Mono Lake Tufa Reserve, Tioga Pass, Tuolomne Meadows and Devil’s Postpile National Monument. For something completely different, head to Bodie, California’s official state gold rush ghost town where only 100 buildings remain standing. The most well-preserved ghost town in the US.
- Winter Adventures – June Lake ski area consists of two mountains, Rainbow Mountain and June Mountain connected by Rainbow Ridge, offering 1,500 acres of magical winter snow and powder amidst High Sierra scenery. The diverse terrain is 80% beginner and intermediate with seven lifts, 35 runs, multiple terrain parks to entertain, short lines and cheap lift tickets. A quieter alternative to nearby Mammoth Mountain. Ride the lift to the peak of June Mountain for access to great backcountry skiing, explore the terrain on the loop for a fun day snowmobiling, escape to the beauty of the mountains for scenic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing or head to the Silver Meadow trails closer to town. For the ultimate winter adventure, June Lake offers exceptional ice climbing both for beginners and those looking for the ultimate thrill. Beginners can scale the frozen Horsetail Falls or for a bigger challenge head to Lee Vining Canyon. Guides are available.