Fern Lake Trail

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Fern Lake Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near June Lake, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.2 miles
1,578 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips

trail running






wild flowers

26 days ago

Great trail. It’s strenuous, but the views at the creek about midway and the lake are spectacular. I would bring bug repellent, the mosquitos were hungry (late June timeframe).

1 month ago

Strenuous especially after the trail junction. Local maps say it is a 4.4 mile round trip hike. The day we went it was very, very windy. When we got to the lake we literally were almost blown over. But it was a gorgeous little cirque. Someday I’ll probably do it again.

6 months ago

The strenuous hike up to Fern Lake is very rewarding. Fern Lake is extremely beautiful all year round, with beautiful mountains surrounding the lake and several great beach spots to relax and have a snack/meal. The trail is a constant incline until you get to the Yost-Fern fork, after that it is extremely steep. Trekking poles and good boots are highly recommended. Dogs are great for this trail if they are trail trained.

7 months ago

great hike! and great views of June lake area. I will have to come back when the lakes not frozen.

8 months ago

The trail is amazing when it snows

9 months ago

Spectacular and definitely difficult. Single track trail took us (in October) to Fern Lake which had cascading fall colors. There is a waterfall at a junction then the work begins getting to the lake.

Well worth it. I have new stem cell knees which I am happy to say have held up nicely. I brought my walking sticks and boy did I use them. Btw of you need help with your knees google Venkatesh Movva in Texas and Oklahoma.

The trail was clear.

It was a strenuous hike.

9 months ago

This hike was a great afternoon outing. It is pretty steep but certainly doable. The lake is picturesque at the top.

10 months ago

Great hike, beautiful stop about 2 miles up with a nice rest at the waterfall.

However this is not a 3.2 mile hike - we clocked more like 4.5. Which makes a huge difference when you've got a big elevation gain and rocky terrain.

The lake is spectacular, we fished and he dog played in the lake. There was snow on the other side of the lake still at the end of August.

But just be prepared for the extra distance.

11 months ago

loved it...

11 months ago

Small parking lot at trail head.

11 months ago

Amazing hike- well worth the effort!

11 months 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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wow! Amazing hike. Well worth the effort.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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.

Monday, June 26, 2017

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Great little hike with elevation gain packed in. The trail still has a tiny bit of snow coverage at the top when we hiked it.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Still snow floating in Fern Lake - really stunning scenery. The hike was steep - there was still some snow on the trail - a walking stick helped a lot.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Very nice views. It's full pretty snowy about 1 mile up.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Beautiful hike to a gorgeous waterfall and onto Fern Lake. We took our 5 and 7 year olds on this hike. It was tough but worth it!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Awesome short workout! Great views near the top...worth the climb. We did not pass anybody on the way up and only 2 people on the way out : )

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Short and lots of work but worth it.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great views

Monday, July 25, 2016

Beautiful scenery...dog friendly

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Friday, July 01, 2016

great fishing

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