Yost Meadows & Yost Lake Trail

This hike delivers amazing views of town from the beginning.  It starts with an uphill climb and eventually levels out to a rolling ascent.  You will cross the June Mountain Ski area above the chalet.  You can end at Yost meadows or head on a mile further to Yost Lake. This can be the end of your journey and head back.

Or you can continue on and for another two miles where Yost trail connects to the Fern trail so you can ascend to Fern Lake or head down the hill and end up at the Fern trail head down canyon.  Make sure the kids and adults in your group are prepared for the miles. It goes without saying, if you do this in the winter, you need gear and the ability to navigate the terrain, possibilities are endless and so are the risks. Never head out unprepared or without notification.

Forest Service Info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/recarea/?recid=20670&actid=50

Start Location

Across the street from Fire Station #1. Plenty of parking on a dirt lot.


Out N’ Back


5 Miles One Way

Elevation Gain

1,105 Feet



Year Round

Safety Tips

Bring Water
Bring Snacks
Bear Habitat

Other Stuff

Dog Friendly
Kid Friendly (*only if prepared for the miles)
Fall Foliage
Trail Running
Lake Views



  • 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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