June Lake Loop, Eastern California

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Just twenty minutes north of Mammoth visitors find June Lake Loop, a 14 mile stretch of scenic highway that passes four alpine lakes, towering mountains, and incredible alpine scenery.

Overview

Visitors come to June Lake Loop, a 14 mile stretch of scenic highway about twenty minutes north of Mammoth, for a lifetime’s worth of alpine scenery- including four scenic lakes, towering mountains, and breathtaking mountain scenery- all packed into a half hour drive. Come in the summer for idyllic temperatures and picture perfect views, or visit in the winter for stark alpine scenery (the lakes freeze over) and a snowy winter wonderland.

Driving Directions

From Mammoth Lakes, head north on US-395 for 14 miles, then exit CA-158 N/June Lake Loop. Follow the loop around for 14 miles until you arrive back at US-395.

Time/Distance

The loop is 14 miles and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Highlights

  • See 4 Mountain Lakes, including June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, and Grant Lake.
  • The lakes boast fantastic trout fishing, though June Lake and Grant Lake are the standouts.
  • June Lake is a quick drive to the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park, all choked full of scenic drives and limitless outdoor activities.
  • June Mountain Ski Resort is located on this loop, and is a greater alternative to Mammoth Mountain.
  • Make sure to stop at the wooden viewing tower, just before arriving at June Lake from the south. Climb to the top for sweeping views of the alpine basin.
  • During the summer, find Glass Flow Road just off 395. The dirt road is safe for cars and leads through a Jeffrey Pine Forest to an impressive display of obsidian rocks. The landmark rises 100 feet in the air, and is a great spot to escape June’s crowds during the busy summer months.

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