June Lake Loop
VILLAGE OF JUNE LAKE
Head to the High Sierras to the intimate and beautiful lakeside mountain village of June Lake. Nestled in the valley at the base of Carson Peak surrounded by high mountain peaks and unsurpassed mountain beauty, June Lake is known as the Switzerland of California. Uniquely positioned, June Lake is in the heart of three great Eastern Sierra attractions, Yosemite, Mono Lake and Mammoth, however June Lake in its own right delights outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers with rugged granite canyons, sparkling glacial lakes and groves of golden aspens framed by sunny skies.
June Lake Loop winds through the rugged Eastern Sierra Mountains with spectacular views of Carson Peak in the distance past four cool, crystal clear lakes June, Gull, Silver and Grant. A slight detour west on Rush Creek Substation Road will take you to Agnew and Gem Lakes, nestled in the mountains with stunning views of the valley below. Join us on an outstanding journey on the scenic 14 mile June Lake Loop past these beautiful lakes back-dropped by sky-scraping peaks, some of the highest in the west, a journey of solitude and beauty, free from the hustle and bustle of nearby Mammoth.
First on the loop is June Lake, a beautiful turquoise lake nestled at the base of the mountains close to June Lake Village with Carson Peak in the distance. There are two marinas providing access to the cool waters most famous for its trout fishing. Troll the waters, cast a line from your kayak or shore fish for the perfect catch. Fly fish in tubes, paddleboards, small motor boats and pontoon boats . here it is about fishing and the fishing is great! June Lake is the best of the lakes for swimming with a small sandy beach and great rocks for the kids to swim out to and jump into the cool waters.
Enjoy the pleasures of the great outdoors at Gull Lake, the second lake on the Loop, also known as the home of the Monster Trout. Gull Lake is the smallest of the three lakes set amidst a stunning and picturesque wilderness with rugged terrain and tree lined shores. The perfect picnic spot for families with a playground on the shore, community center, kids paddleboats and ducks to entertain the kids. Have a picnic on the deck with gorgeous views of Carson Peak, splash into the water from the rope swing, witness the feeding frenzy in the Monster Trout Pond or cast your line from the shores or by boat for excellent trout fishing. Gull Lake is walking distance from June Lake and a stroll from the galleries, shops and restaurants of June Lake Village.
Next on the loop is Silver Lake, a gorgeous dark blue lake nestled in a valley against the backdrop of the Sierras, the Ansel Adams Wilderness and the whispering leaves of the vividly colorful aspens. Silver Lake is a gem for eager fisherman, a tranquil retreat surrounded by dramatic scenery. Take a boat to explore the 97-acres of blue waters brimming with rainbow trout and dock on a mini island to simply take in the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. Silver Lake flows into the meandering Rush Creek Basin, the perfect place to practice the art of fly-fishing. There are many trails at Silver Lake to explore on foot or by horseback. Silver Lake truly is a gem!
The largest of all the lakes is Grant Lake, long known as the home of the German Brown and one of the Sierras premier trout fishing retreats with spectacular views of Mt Wood and the lush aspen groves of Parker. Most of the shoreline is accessible, with towering mountain peaks and dense pine forest on the southern half and barren shores to the north. There is a full service marina with fishing boat rentals, docks and launch and Grant Lake is the only lake where speed boats and personal watercraft are allowed. After 10am the lake comes alive with water-skiers, jet-skiers, wake-boarders and those in search of the perfect catch. Grant Lake is a summer playground for water-sports enthusiasts!
Lakes requiring a hike
The Rush Creek Trailhead, named from the water rushing down the canyon to recharge the lake, provides access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the Ansel Adams Wilderness and other nearby peaks, an 18.8-mile trail along granite cliffsides, through streams offering beautiful views of the glacial valley below. Head into the back country of the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area on one of the many trails from the loop. For an easy hike follow the Parker Lake Trail or take the road less traveled on a strenuous and vertical hike to Fern Lake, Reversed Peak or Agnew Lake. Whatever it is you choose to do at June Lake, you are surrounded by spectacular vistas, quaking aspens and the sheer beauty of nature at its best.