The June Lake Loop's central location allows for easy
access to almost all of the Eastern Sierra's great attractions.
This ghost town, kept in "arrested decay"
by the California State Park System, is located
21 miles from Bridgeport (7 miles south on Highway
395, turn left, 10 miles on paved road, then 3 miles
on dirt road). An entry fee is charged for each
vehicle. The park is open all year, but the road
is usually closed from October to May. Tours of
the Standard Mill are available. The museum is open
during the summer months. In the late 1870s and
early 1880s Bodie had a population of about 10,000.
The Mono Lake Tufa
Reserve is an awe-inspiring natural oddity that
will amaze you. Tioga Pass, Tuolomne Meadows, Yosemite,
Postpile National Monument are just a few of the
many other nearby sites.
New England doesn't have a patent on fall colors. California's
Eastern Sierra colors are among the finest anywhere,
and the June Lake Loop boasts some of the most spectacular
displays. Come take a ride around the June Lake Loop
and see the High Sierra up close!
Skiing & Boarding
June Mountain provides 2,500 vertical feet of downhill
skiing excitement. And though it's owned and operated
by the same folks who run Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain
has long enjoyed the reputation of being a fine family
ski resort, offering friendly service and a variety
of snow activities.
The mountain offers lessons in Nordic (cross-country)
skiing, but you may just want to take off by yourself
and enjoy the miles of groomed cross-country trails
around June Lake.
For ski mountaineering enthusiasts, this area is highly
recommended by those who have skied or snowboarded the
vast and wild slopes which surround the Bridgeport Valley.
Carson Peak's (10,909 ft.) North Face is a Class 4+
and Mt. Wood's (12,657 ft.) East Face is a Class 2.
Snowmobilers know that the Loop offers a huge selection
of rideable terrain. Many large snowmobiling events
take place every February at June Lake.
Indeed, the winters here are kept warm with family
fun and outdoor adventure.
Summer, on the other hand, brings the ultimate in outdoor
recreation to the Loop. Mountain bikers will find plenty
of trails. The warm Sierra sunshine may coax you into
taking a dip at June or Grant Lakes. Grant offers the
perfect spot for powerboating and waterskiing, not to
mention sailing and boardsailing.
You'll probably be inspired to take one of the many
hiking trails nearby to explore (in color) the stark
grandeur of the Ansel Adams wilderness.
Fishing is a major activity in the June Lake area. Jumbo
trout are regularly caught throughout the loop. The
June Lake Loop area is almost always one of the first
"high" country areas to clear of ice and snow.
By the April opener, June is almost certainly clear.
An average fishing/fly-fishing day should award you
rainbow and cutthroat trout from one-half pound to five
pounds or more. Our fishing
report provides information on June Lake area fishing
conditions, during fishing season.
Besides the Loop's four lakes, there are several fishable
streams (Rush Creek, Reverse Creek, Alger Creek) in
the area, as well as some nice campgrounds, restaurants,
and supply outlets within walking distance. Not necessarily
a total wilderness experience, but it's a rustic area
with some of the best fishing around.
Rush Creek: Regularly planted. From Grant Lake
Dam to Mono Lake it is an artificial lure, barbless
hook, don't keep 'em area.
Reverse Creek: Between Silver Lake and Gull
Lake. Regularly planted, and easily accessible.
June Lake Area
Summer is a time for great camping. June Lake's campgrounds
are close enough to a town full of amenities, but simultaneously
tucked away in various secluded spots.
For detailed information regarding June Lake Loop campgrounds,
visit the Inyo
National Forest Campground Information page.
There is no shortage of climbing opportunities in the
June Lake Loop area. From roadside bouldering problems
to ultra serious mixed alpine routes, this area has
it all. Danger is ever present here, however, due to
the extremely steep nature of the region.
A few selected peaks and routes:
Carson Peak (10,909 ft.)
North Face - Class 4 +
Banner Peak (12,945 ft.)
East Face - Grade 3, Class 5.6
Mt. Ritter (12,242 ft.)
North Face (Muir's Route) - Class 3