Fern Lake Trail

HARD 71 reviews
#11 of 118 trails in

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.

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

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

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18 days ago

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

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1 month ago

1 month 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.

2 months ago

loved it...

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2 months ago

Small parking lot at trail head.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Amazing hike- well worth the effort!

2 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.

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3 months ago

Wow! Amazing hike. Well worth the effort.

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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months ago

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3 months 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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3 months ago