June Lake Loop Trail

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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2-3h
Distance
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6.8 km
Elevation
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376 m
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June Lake Loop Trail

An ideal route for intermediate hikers, and families with older children, the June Lake Loop Trail is a stunning route within Inyo National Forest. A great trail to see wildlife and take in the scenery of the surrounding landscape, the June Lake Loop Trail is an excellent choice for your next hike!

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Route Description for June Lake Loop Trail

Sections of the June Lake Loop Trail are along designated roadways, and so care should be taken when attempting. Keep an eye out for vehicle traffic when traveling along the road and be sure to never block the roadway. In addition, the June Lake Loop Trail also possesses a fair amount of elevation incline in relation to its length, and so it is likely not appropriate for young children.

The June Lake Loop Trail is an excellent choice for your next hike in Inyo National Forest because it is an easily accessible route that does not require a full day's effort to complete. Incredible sightlines of the surrounding landscape can be enjoyed throughout its duration and it is also regarded as a great place for birdwatching.

Having made it to the trailhead, follow June Lake Loop Trail as it heads east. Almost immediately the path veers south, and begins to steadily incline in elevation. Continuing south, the route will arrive at a switchback before once again heading south along the adjacent hillside. The incline will soon begin to taper off as you reach a plateau, where you will arrive at a junction within the trail.

At the junction, make your way north towards the June Mountain Ski Area. Having arrived at the ski area, follow Canyon Trail as it makes its way north, declining in elevation as it goes. Just past the sharp turn on Canyon Trail, head north off of the road and onto the trail adjacent to Water Line Road. Once on the trail, simply follow it back to the trailhead, and your waiting vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is June Lake safe to swim in?

Absolutely! Although cold at certain times of the year, June Lakes shoreline is shallow and ideal for swimming.

Is June Lake open for fishing?

June Lake is open year round and is known for its Rainbow Trout, Large Brown Trout and Cutthroat Trout.

Can you bring your own kayak to June Lake?

If you're interested in paddling on June Lake, you can launch your kayak at the June Lake Marina! Be careful though, as the large lake can become dangerous for boaters when the conditions are windy.

Insider Hints for June Lake Loop Trail

  • Keep an eye on the sky as the June Lake Loop is an excellent bird watching location.
  • Hungry after the hike? Alpine Deli and Pizza is a great place to stop for a bite!
  • Check out June Lake Brewing for excellent beer.

Getting to the June Lake Loop Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for June Lake Loop Trail is located off of Hillside Drive.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    June Lake Campground

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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