Fern Lake Trail

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Fern Lake Trail is a 3.2 mile out and back trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1591 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

lake

loved it...

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5 days ago

Small parking lot at trail head.

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10 days ago

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25 days ago

Amazing hike- well worth the effort!

1 month ago

I did it in the month of July and it was the perfect time to go. It was challenging but the views made the experience great. It is uphill the entire way, and after the waterfall it gets even harder. Near the end I was questioning how much farther the lake was and I almost turned back, but then I came across it. It is a beautiful lake right in the middle of the mountains, and the hike up to it was worth it. I took my dogs with me, and they were both very tired at the end of the hike.

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1 month ago

Wow! Amazing hike. Well worth the effort.

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1 month ago

Stairmaster XXXtreme! This is a tough one, but well worth the effort. It's uphill the entire way with no breaks, but there is a great waterfall about half way up, plenty of wildflowers, and Fern lake is stunning (especially if there is no wind). If you have some extra time, walk clockwise around the lake, cross the stream, and find the trail on the south side of the lake. It doesn't go very far, but it will give you a great view of a large waterfall coming from the top of the peaks. Bring your trekking poles to save your knees on the way down.

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1 month ago

It's a butt kicker!!! Straight up and straight down. Go early... this trail gets crowded if you like solidarity. Bugs weren't too bad until you get near the lake. Beautiful lake. Worth seeing

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The Fern Lake trail was a wonderful short hike. The lake is beautiful. Hiking around the lake offered views of magnificent inlet waterfall. Due to the short length, we decided to also do Yost Lake. It was a waste of time. The lake is completely surrounded by vegetation and does not provide any unobstructed views. Spend the extra time soaking in the beauty at Fern Lake instead.

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1 month ago

Hiked this trail about a week ago. Its a nice workout. Pretty much straight up the mountain the entire way. The lake and the mountain range at the top are absolutely stunning. Even went for a quick dip in the lake and lasted about 10 seconds in the freezing cold water. The views on the way down are great and you don't really see them on the way up cause your paying attention to the trail. Its shaded a lot which is great too. I will do this hike every time up in Mammoth area for now on.

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1 month ago

I hiked in June 6 2017. Snow began about half way up and the trail disappeared about 1 mile in. Followed tracks of others in snow but definitely got off the real trail and never found it. However, encountered people coming down who 1. thought they had found the trail because they encountered me(!) and 2. Assured me the lake was not too far up ahead. the lake was still largely frozen at that time. Spectacular, cold but with mosquitos.

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1 month ago

Fast elevation gain with a beautiful reward. Lake is worth the effort. Almost no one else on the trail.

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1 month ago

Strenuous hike! All uphill. Great waterfall halfwall but the last bit is very steep. Beautiful lake at the end that is peaceful and quiet. Worth the challenge.