Often called a bedroom community of Mammoth Lakes, June Lake is a stunning little village about 25 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, California and just over 2 hours south of Reno, Nevada. With a number of beautiful lakes as its backdrop (June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, Grant Lake), it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with the June Lake area and choose to make it their home or second home.
As far as recreation goes, June has quite a bit to offer. June Mountain Ski Area is officially open for the season and tends to be a favorite for those looking to avoid the crowds so often associated with Mammoth during peak times. It also has a reputation for offering some incredible powder when Mammoth’s powder may be quickly skied out. As mentioned earlier, the setting and views in June are almost unbeatable. Many families have found June Mountain to be their favorite, especially if they’re not looking for the expanse of expert terrain that Mammoth is so famous for.
If you don’t consider yourself a skier or boarder, then you’ll be happy to know that June Lake offers even more to winter enthusiasts. Whether you like the power and adrenaline associated with the unlimited snowmobile terrain or the quiet and peaceful art of cross country skiing, you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone.
Recreating doesn’t stop when the snow stops falling, however. In fact, Spring, Summer and Fall offer an even wider range of activities. Fishing draws quite a few visitors to the area. Whether it’s lounging on your pontoon boat as you troll for fish, or actively trying to seek them out with your best fly fishing technique, June has an endless supply of fishing options. If you’re not a big fishing person, then you may want to try canoeing, kayaking or just lounging in the sun on one of June Lake’s beautiful beaches.
The fun doesn’t stop there, however. Just like Mammoth, June Lake offers a wide array of activities. Many choose to spend their day taking in a scenic horseback ride. June is also the portal to a number of backcountry hikes that can be enjoyed on foot or horseback…whatever sounds good to you! Or you may prefer to take a nice mountain bike ride. Road bike riding through the June Lake Loop is a treat.
You’ll find plenty of camping opportunities as well in this beautiful Eastern Sierra enclave. Whether you like to go “au natural” and take off into the backcountry for a few days, or if hooking up the RV is more your style, there’s something for everyone with incredible views for all!
If you’re a watersports person, then you’ll have to check out Grant Lake, near the end of the June Lake Loop. The water here is crystal clear and serves as the spring, summer and fall playground for locals and tourists alike. Whether you prefer jetskiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding or, again, just lounging in the sun, Grant Lake can be a wonderful place to spend the day.
June is also just minutes from Mono Lake as well as the entrance to Yosemite National Park (Tioga Pass). Again, endless options on activities…the hardest part is finding the time to do everything!
If you happen to be in the Eastern Sierra when the Fall colors are “peaking” then a tour through the June Lake Loop is a MUST. Just be careful when you’re driving because you’ll be so distracted by the beauty you’ll forget that you’re sharing the road with others.
June Lake Village is definitely a place you’d like to visit if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. Many enjoy the solitude of June, knowing that if they have the desire to get a little crazy, Mammoth is just 25 minutes away. Again, if you’re looking for a true mountain village, you may find that June Lake fits the bill.