Explore the most popular forest trails near June Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

All I can say is wow! This Trail starts off at a nice gentle slope for about 1 mile, after that be prepared for some serious altitude gain. I did this hike in May 2018 and the mountains surrounding the trail were still covered in snow. there was a small river running across the trail which require waterproof boots and some careful footing. If you're looking for a real leg workout about halfway up you will come across a set of railroad tracks that were used for a pulley car to haul supplies up to the dam. You can take this track up to the dam but your legs better be in excellent shape. I measured a 37 degree incline.
I continued on to Gem Lake and it was worth the extra time and effort.

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20 days ago

One of the best places to see a hill of solid obsidian - beautiful black glass - although it just looks like rock until you break it open - don't remove it. Wear good shoes. 11 miles north of Mammoth Lakes up I-395 from the I-395 and CA-203 intersections, take a left on Obsidian Dome road, and it is 2.7 miles up Obsidian, Glass Flow, and Glass Creek Rds. Dirt road to parking area; hike starts down and to the right of the dome and up a gravel bulldozed hill that takes you into the cone at the top. Really good description here: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/long_valley/long_valley_sub_page_19.html [along with directions - coordinates - about 37°44.810' N, 119°01.305' W]. The hike is easy, looks like a hill up to a rock quarry. Nice distant views from the top.

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28 days ago

Excellent hike through the snowy woods. I feel that this hike is really best during late April when you have the beautiful snow capping the mountains and the volcano itself.

The hike begins at Reds Meadow Resort. It continues gradually downhill toward the San Joaquin river. You cross Boundary Creek a little over half way to the upper viewing area. We were there in October 2017, the lower viewing area was closed for repairs, but the views of Rainbow Falls and valley down stream are worth the walk. Enjoy!

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4 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.

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5 months ago

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

The trail is amazing when it snows

Perfect day for a perfect long hike (note: We continued to the far side of Gem Lake, 5 miles in from the trailhead and 5 miles back.......but if this hike isn’t rated “Hard”, I can’t imagine what would be. So to call it "Moderate" is a bit of an understatement, IMHO. However to think of it or categorize it as “Hard" might scare away a few hikers, and in truth this climb is do-able by most. Lots of loose rocks and scree. Hiking shoes or boots highly recommended. Advice: When in doubt the trails goes UP, (except on the way back, LOL)

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.

Wow. It is October and the colors are incredible right now. We headed up at 10am. It was hot at first then got windy and cold at Agnew. The dam was quite a site. The trail is easy to follow and maintained. It is noted as MODERATE but for me it was tougher. The altitude to begin with and the elevation climbing was what made it tough for me (I have two new stem cell treated knees!).

The weather was perfect.

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

Wonderful hike on a great trail with mountain and lake views. Dog friendly. Surprising did not see many other hikers in August.

8 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.

loved it...

hiking
9 months ago

Small parking lot at trail head.

Love this trail...always a lovely hike, but lots of work being done on Agnew which ruined my photo shoots!

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9 months ago

Amazing hike- well worth the effort!

Nice hike if you're in the area. Unfortunately the smoke from the Detwiler fire was abundant even in the June Lake area. Be aware that there are only a handful of shade areas on the trail. Definitely worth pushing on past Agnew Lake. The waterfall from Rush Creek was on overload when we hiked last week.

10 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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10 months ago

Wow! Amazing hike. Well worth the effort.

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10 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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10 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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10 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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10 months 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.

This trail is...OK. It has some nice views and the getting up closer to horsetail falls is pretty awesome, but if you're going to do this hike in the summer go early. Literally no shade the entire way. First time I've hiked where I've seen people carrying umbrellas. Should've been my first clue!

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10 months 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.

Holy cow!! We did this baby yesterday. We started around 5pm, got back down right as darkness hit. I think doing it in the evening made it more magical. The lighting was perfect for taking photos. There wasn't any snow on the tail which was a contrast from all the other trails we've been doing in the area. The waterfall made the hike! It was gushing!!! Took my breath away as we moved closer and closer to it. We only saw a handful of people on the trail. I felt like it was a hidden treasure. Agnew Lake was spectacular, especially once the sun went behind the trees. We wanted to stay for sunset at gem lake so that we could get amazing photos. However it was a bit chilly, and the wind was crazy- so we opted out and spent more time at Agnew.

Much more removed than Agnew, bald eagles flying by and a beautiful lake to be had. Geologically the rock formations had a lot of interesting things to see as well.

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