Fern Lake Trail

This is a butt kicker of an uphill, and it gets very steep at times.  You will be rewarded with amazing views of the valley in both directions.  Fern Lake is a great place for hanging out in your backpack hammock and fishing. Keep in mind when you head back, it is a lot of downhill.

Alternatively to heading back to the Fern Lake trail head you can cross the log bridge and head to Yost Lake and Yost Meadows.  Go even further from there and cross the June Mountain Ski Area and end up at the edge of town where you can walk to many fine food and beverage establishments for a victory drink. This extra adventure all the way to town will cost you over 4 miles, so make sure your entire group is up for the task. Or stick to the plan to make it up to Fern Lake and back!

Forest Service Info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=20670&actid=42

Start Location

Fern Lake Trail Head is a dirt lot located close by the Double Eagle, plenty of parking


Out N’ Back


1.7 Miles One Way (to and from Fern Lake trail head)

Elevation Gain

1,531 Feet



Summer/Fall or Winter if you know what you are doing

Safety Tips

Bring Water
Bring Snacks
Bear Habitat

Other Stuff

Dog Friendly
Kid Friendly (if up for the steep ascent or in a pack)
Fall Foliage
Trail Running



  • June Lake Loop has year round activities

  • The busiest tourism season is Summer (June/July/Aug)

  • The water is better up here, drink it from the tap

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  • Elevation – 7,654 feet (2,333 meters)

  • Population – 629 (feels more like 400 year round)

  • Zip Code – 93529


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#1 – Pick up trash, even if it is not yours

#2 – Pick up your dog’s poop, it doesn’t magically disappear in the snow

#3 – Be friendly and patient, things move a bit slower up here

#4 – Don’t feed the wildlife

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