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