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.

Great, fun hike! Pretty level throughout. Lots of rocks on the Western side, but the other side is a breeze! Will probably do it again sometime!

Nice hike but dusty trail. We included the side hike to the earthquake fault and then picked up Mountain View trail. Way back via downtown trail which gets confusing with all the bike trails

off road driving
23 days ago

Beautiful, trail is moderate. We made it in a jeep jk, our friends were in a stock Tacoma. I would go again, it did get really cold at night.

Warning!! Not a good loop! Once you hit the ski runs turn around and take the same trail back to your car. We ended up walking down a steep downhill dusty road and then back along the main road through town. Would not recommend.

We just finished the trail and just about completed the whole loop. The track down from ski lift wasn’t great but offered some more great views from a different angle. We finished with a very short stretch of road as wanted to go back via shop! Following gps was good advice

hiking
1 month ago

Hard uphill for first 30 min. Gorgeous trail that comes out to June Lake mid ski lodge. Wanted to do loop so put on GPS. Easy to follow map. Goes down road. Would recommend in and out hike for the beauty.

hiking
1 month ago

A very easy hike with scenic mountain views on sandy underground. Sadly the lake's water level was pretty low.

off road driving
1 month ago

Somewhat easy trail with a couple of semi-technical areas. Only saw two other groups. Great views and wildflowers.

off road driving
1 month ago

it was a fun trip did it in my super duty so if i can do it you can too

hiking
1 month ago

Did it yesterday. When we arrived June Lake, we did not have much time left for the day so decided to do this one, instead of the originally planned Fern Lake Trail. We followed the reviewers' advice and turned around when we hit the ski lift area (1.2 mile). The view overlooking the June Lake and Gull Lake was very nice. The trail itself was not difficult, and we're pretty fit and fast hikers in general, but the first uphill was a little drag for us than usual, since we were just getting out of the car after sitting for 6 hours till right before, and we were from the very sea level (a few blocks away from the Bay), so felt the altitude difference. We left the trail head at 5:40 pm, reached the turnaround point (ski area) at 6:50 pm, and got back down to the trail head at 7:35.pm, exactly as we planned since the sunset time was around 7:30 pm. Very nice sunset mood. No single hikers on the trail.

The initial uphill was tough but rewarding when you get to the top. I agree with a previous reviewer that you should treat this as an out and back - when you hit the sky fields turn back.

The trail is not marked down through the chalet and down the road, it wasn’t very scenic going down the dirt road and the offshoot trail hasn’t been maintained in a long time - we only managed with GPS and then you’re on the shoulder of the road.

off road driving
1 month ago

This is one of my new favorites! I made it with a stock Chevy K1500 and 32" tires. The rocks are sharp so I'd suggest making sure you have good tires, but ground clearance requirements aren't too bad. I didn't find the last switchback to be anything overly difficult either, but I have a regular cab short bed. I might think differently if trying it with a longer wheelbase, though I suspect it's still manageable.

Awesome trail. Some tough spots prior to getting to the pass. Well worth the effort.

Lots of bird watching. Kid friendly

did the loop today it was a great hike, uphill wasn't that bad, was harder walking down the road back.

Nice trail although smoky due to fires. We liked it much more than the trail from Twin Lakes via Dragon’s Back

2 months ago

Really 4+ Fun “recovery” hike. Lakes, flowers (for August), few people, and a ghost town. Make sure to visit the Shell Lake above the mines.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was steep and challenging the first two miles however the view made up for it. It was very rewarding! Once you reach the ski resort, the trail gets lost and it’s difficult to stay on track. I recommend using the app to guide you. My bf and I had to follow other trails that were more manageable and connected to the main trail eventually. Overall, I recommend this hike :-)
Tip:
Wear good hiking shoes ( I wore my favorite hiking sandals but it began to rain and my feet got muddy)

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail. Be careful on the last hairpin switchback. I nosed in, reversed down the trail 150 feet or so to the next switchback which left me pointing forward again and did not require making a somewhat gnarly 3 point turn. Otherwise, the trail is pretty spectacular. I was in a stock 4x4 2018 tacoma and made it no problem. Did scrape my side predator side steps a couple times, but no big deal.

Beautiful and easy. Watch for crazy thunderstorms

Highly traveled; often tracked-out unless it is beginning of season. Great for taking kids or beginners.

I don’t want to tell anyone about this place because it was so beautiful!!! Hiked counter clockwise. Lots of rocks and unstable smaller rocks on the 7-10 o’clock side. But an absolute stunner of California!!

off road driving
2 months ago

Did this trail today and had a great time. My quad struggled in the cold air/elevation but still made it. Rocks are sharp but my 4 ply tires held up well. You have to take this trail slow but it was worth it to get to the end. Stock 4x4 will be a close call while anything lifted will do fine. Quads and dirt bikes can handle this.

I did the downtown route as a beginner biker and felt quite challenged. My husband did uptown and downtown a few times and enjoyed both.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great trail climb. You don’t really know that you’re climbing till the trail pulls back on itself and you see the valley. Amazing views. There is a lot of loose rock and shale on the trail.

It’s a great hike. The views are incredible and panoramic of the lake loop. The log over the waterfall is no joke. I got dizzy looking at it. If you fear heights you should pass. If a 9 inch log over a waterfall 100s of ft up doesn’t scare you, do it! I’m glad I did it.

walking
3 months ago

Very nice leisurely walk with some great mountain views and a large lake that your dog can run around! Easy walk, if you're looking for any sort of challenge then this is not for you, if not then I recommend it!

hiking
3 months ago

Mountain scenery, flowers, lakes, a mine, and a ghost town: this hike has everything you need in a short hike.

Took my son on this trail for his first off pavement bike ride. He enjoyed it. Lots of flow and rhythm on downtown while uptown gets a little more tech. For beginners downtown will not disappoint. Some exposed roots and rocks, uptown would boost your skills. Connects to Paper Route and Shotgun about halfway down. Bring water. Be observant and let the advanced riders by please. Had a few people not yield to me and my son got a little frustrating.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike with my fiancé and his 71 yr old mom. All 3 of is loved it. Easy hike and extraordinary views. We made it to one lake and would’ve loved to keep going but had gotten started a little too late in the day so turned around. Mostly shady and follows a beautiful creek.

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