Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Inyo National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

We had hiked Big Pines trail two days before, and while staying in June Lake Campground we wanted a small hike to stretch our legs. We set out to do the full June Lake Loop Trail and decided that we would just do two miles of it out and back - which is actually I guess Yost Meadows Trail.

In any case, the views are spectacular! We are definitely going to do the full June Lake Loop when we go back. Good work out on the way up. Basically had the trail to ourselves.

Tip: if you stay at the June Lake Campground this trail is conveniently across the street. The trail is both shaded and exposed so good idea to bring sun screen.

So good!!!! Loved every minute of it!

Good early spring hike when other trails in the area are still under snow. POOR signage though. We parked in Paradist the well marked trailhead and hiked up the creek. TRAIL is well maintained and is a good sunny day hike if you are seeking some shade.

It wasn't a hike as much as it was a walk on a dirt road in the sun. No scenery and plenty of dust.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike because the hikes we came here for were snowed in. This loop was very easy, steady elevation climb the entire way - so the elevation you're gaining doesn't feel much of anything. This trail follows a truck trail the entire way, and features a tiny stream crossing. There were no people other than us, very nice. At the back of the loop, the views of the mountain range is magnificent!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Been to Laurel Lake 44 times! Always 4x4! (mine is a Jeep TJ standard) Talk to a Forest Ranger in Mammoth Lakes--Sometimes they have new updates on trail. Arrive at trail beginning "early" say sunrise up to 11:00 a.m. Then enjoy the drive and peninsula on lake. Peninsula is highest place to legally have a campfire! Wonderful fly fishing here! 7 wonderful hikes around & above lake. When driving back down never, ever leave till 2:00 p.m. ! ! WHY? Road is narrow...just a bit winder than your vehicle! No head on meeting! Very difficult to dive backwards with steep drop offs. Only 2 areas to pass each other and far apart. My Activity: 4x4, fishing, photography, hiking, walking.
Best months to go up: no snow. Saturday can be to crowded---new visitors unaware of narrow road!

scenic driving
6 months ago

Drive part of this road going to the Inyo Craters Trail. Will definitely finish it next time

Beautiful hike. About 2” of snow on most of the trail after the log crossing as you pass the Fern Lake trail.

Great easy to moderate trail (at the higher elevations/along side spurs), very scenic. After traveling for a while up a pretty canyon, you end up high in the Inyo Mountains with great views of Owens Valley and the Eastern Sierra. Definitely explore some of the spurs off to the west for the best views.

off road driving
7 months ago

Did this trail on a 2005 KTM EXC 450 and had my brother in law with his built up Jeep LJ. For carbed bikes, I highly recomment adjusting your jet. I went down to a 168 but I feel i should have gone down to a 160 since i had the fuel screw turned in heavily. She was definitely gasping for air. For vehicles, I recommend pressuring down and having an air compressor ready. Make sure your tires have a good side wall, the rocks were pretty sharp and plentiful. Didn't catch anything here, but the lake was gorgeous with some snow in the distance.

off road driving
8 months ago

Best of the Best

off road driving
8 months ago

Amazing time and breath taking views. Some tough moments with the jeep, especially the last turn. I saw a ton of razrs up there crushing it. Overall the end results is awesome. Water was sub zero.

off road driving
9 months ago

stock 2015 Toyota 4Runner Trail: take it slow and you'll be fine. Great camping

Beautiful views. We could see the smoke in the valley.

Beautiful hike with amazing views. We started at Yost Lake/Fern Lake trailhead and returned at June Lake. About 2000 feet elevation gain to get there so be prepared. No one else on the trail but us.

A dull hike with spectacular vistas on both side of the ridge...the trail is above tree line and in the sun.

9 months ago

Beautiful view throughout and perfect for all ages!

mountain biking
9 months ago

Water level is high and lake is beautiful. A little snow remains. This was so much fun to mountain bike I did the loop twice.

Simple hike.
Not a hike if you want to be away from people and enjoy the peacefulness of the mountains.

Beautiful hike around the lake - as of today, parts of the trail are still covered in snow! Nice and level trail with creek crossings. One of my favorites - you can ride the lakes trolley up to it to make it totally relaxing.

hiking
10 months ago

steep incline. we found the first 2 miles to be pretty intense.

off road driving
10 months ago

Anyone know whether or not a Polaris Ranger would make it up this road? Wondering if the "High Clearance" would be a problem for a ranger.

Thanks-

Depending on the conditions, this hike has to be done when the mountain is clear of snow and when summer skiing ends. Hiking is prohibited when skiers are on the mountain.

hiking
10 months ago

Took the kids here yesterday and the trail was covered in snow in most spots! Made it a bit challenging at times but we were able to make our way. I'd love to visit again when the snow has completely melted.

Big Elevation gain to the lake. Nice trail with great views of the surrounding mountains and almost no traffic. Lake had not a single hiker when I arrived. Waterfall and log bridge is awesome.

Fun and not too long hike below a beautiful vista. A lot of uphill, but plenty of spots where you can stop, rest and snap a few pictures.

I would only recommend this trail as an out and back, and only if you are looking for a good workout in the first 2 miles of elevation climb. My suggestion would be to turn around once you hit the ski resort. The trail is not marked at all after this so unless you have the GPS loaded with the map, you will either take an unshaded dirt road all the way back, or find yourself on federal land. The actual trail back, should you find it, is in poor condition with the remaining section leaving you walking on the shoulder of the road. The first 2 miles do offer nice views of the lake and shaded forest, and like I said it was a great workout for the first 1200 feet or so of straight up elevation climb with only a few switchbacks along the way.

off road driving
11 months ago

Snow stopped us half way up. Nice rocky trail, a couple technical areas with deep ruts & boulders.
But a stock Suburban made it to the camp ground half way up.

Good hike . Was disappointed the creek/lake was no where near there trail .

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous trail! Lots of shade along the way, provided by a vast amount of plants and trees that grow beside the creek, along the route. Very pleasant as it gets very hot throughout the day, even in the spring. There are several historical, crashed vehicles along the hillside, which are fascinating to explore. But if you are expecting to see a lake along the trail or at the end of it, you will be disappointed - the photo in the description is misleading. The lake depicted is Rock Creek Lake, which is about 15 miles SW of the trail.

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