June Lake

June Lake

June Lake

June Lake, aptly called "The Switzerland of the Sierra," is a scenic mountain village with a population of approximately 629. This charming little town offers a full range of services and a tranquil atmosphere in absolutely stunning surroundings. Set amongst waterfalls, flowers, hilltops, aspens, glistening streams and lakes, this unique hideaway is free of the urban hustle and bustle, while providing outstanding recreational opportunities for all outdoor enthusiasts. For the rare combination of beauty, tranquility and outdoor adventures, June Lake can’t be beat!

Location
The village of June Lake is located a short distance off of Highway 395, 5 miles south of the southern end of Mono Lake. It is situated in southwestern Mono County, in the east central portion of California. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra, it sits at the base of Carson Peak. Mono County is bounded by Fresno and Madera Counties to the southwest; Inyo County to the south; Tuolumne County to the west; Alpine County to the northwest; and Nevada to the north and east. 

Geography/Terrain

Sitting at an elevation of 7612 feet, the surrounding June Lake terrain is characterized by pine trees, clusters of aspens, lakes, canyons and mountains. June Lake is joined by three additional lakes; Gull, Silver and Grant, to form the 14-mile June Lake Loop, which winds through a scenic horseshoe canyon. The village is located in Mono County, which is bordered by the Sierra Nevada crest on the west, and well known for its mountains, lakes, streams and forests.  

Special Attractions/Events

The June Lake Loop's central location allows for easy access to most of the Eastern Sierra's great attractions. The Eastern Sierra colors are among the finest of fall colors in the Eastern Sierra, and the June Lake Loop boasts some of the most spectacular displays. The amazingly colorful aspens are a photographer’s delight. Many geological marvels are also located throughout the area. 

There are a number of excellent galleries to visit in June Lake, where you can view and appreciate pottery, watercolors, woodcarving, jewelry, sierra cottons and wool's. The June Lake Artist’s Guild holds an Art Show and Sale every July. You can also treat yourself to a visit at a first-class health spas or enjoy a variety of fine restaurants.

There are several festivities celebrated throughout the year in June Lake. Some of these include: the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner held in the June Lake Community Center; the Monster Trout Contest; the Children’s Art Workshop at the Community Center; the June Lake Jazz Festival; the June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival ; the Labor Day Celebration “Exploring Our Frontier Heritage”; the Community Tree Lighting, followed by the Pray for Snow Bonfire at the Community Park on Gull Lake and the June Lake Winter Festival. 

The June Lake Loop is a short drive from Yosemite National Park. The Tioga Pass gate is the only entrance into the Park on the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas. Yosemite is home to incredible geological sites including Half Dome and El Capitan. During the spring and early summer months, the waterfalls in Yosemite National Park are an incredible sight to see. 

Interesting Facts/Historic Buildings and Places

There are many geological wonders to visit in the surrounding area. You can view the Twin Inyo Craters, which were created by a volcanic event about 550 to 600 years ago. Or, from the Mammoth back road you can see a huge fracture in the earth, believed to have been caused by an earthquake long ago. Other fascinating sites to visit include: Crater Mountain, Long Valley Caldera, Mammoth Pacific Geothermal Plant, Minaret Vista, Mono Craters, and Obsidian Dome.

Devil's Postpile National Monument is located just outside of Mammoth Lakes in Red's Meadow. This site consists of columns of basalt formed around 900,000 years ago when a lava flow slowed and began to cool and crack. The event produced six-sided columns, 40 to 60 feet high resembling a giant pipe organ, polished by later glacial action. Rainbow Falls is situated downstream from the Devil's Postpile. At this spot the San Joaquin River flows over a sudden 101-foot drop, creating incredible rainbows of color in the mist. 

Mono Lake is another unique site, located about 10 miles north of June Lake. Its salt waters maintain a unique biosphere producing tiny brine shrimp that feed millions of migrating birds each year. The Lake also has two volcanic islands called Tufas, which are piled-up mineral deposits formed beneath the water's surface when mineral-rich spring water mixes with salt lake water.

Bodie Historical State Park in nearby Bodie is a ghost town, kept in "arrested decay" by the California State Park System. It is the largest unrestored ghost town in the western U.S. The museum is open during the summer months. In the late 1870’s and early 1880’s Bodie had a population of about 10,000 and its mines yielded over $35 million in gold. Bodie Ghost Town boasts a wealth of exhibits from this raucous gold mining boomtown.
 
Hot Creek State Fish Hatchery near Mammoth raises about 3 million trout each year for planting in the Sierra Nevada lakes and streams, and over 20 million eggs for other fish hatcheries throughout the state.

Distance to 3 Closest Major Cities

June Lake is located approximately 20 miles north of Mammoth Lakes, CA; 55 miles north of Bishop, CA; ; and 150 miles south of Reno, NV.

Jobs

Tourism is the primary sector of the June Lake economy. The community is located in Mono County, where agriculture is an additional important economic factor. Some of the major employers in the area are June Mountain Ski Area and Double Eagle Resort and Spa. Other employers include: Eagle’s Landing Restaurant; Tiger Bar and Grill; Fern Creek Lodge; June Lake Chamber of Commerce; June Lake’s Big Rock Resort; Lake Front Cabins; and Boulder Lodge. The average time to commute to work is 20 minutes. The median household income is $51,962 and the average per capita income is $30,194.

Housing

There is a wide array of housing available in June Lake, encompassing everything from multi-million dollar mansions, modest family homes and scenic cabins to duplexes and high-end condos. Homes here back onto Forest Service land provide stunning views. You can have a home adjacent to hiking and biking trails and the ski area. Find the perfect hideaway or resort home at a price you can afford here in June Lake. 

Parks/Sports/Recreation/Golf

The area of June Lake offers a complete range of outdoor recreational activities for every season of the year. In the summer months, you can swim in June or Grant Lakes. Grant Lake is an ideal spot for power boating, waterskiing, sailing or boardsailing. Other warm weather water sports include wake boarding and jet skiing. There are several excellent hiking trails for exploring the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Fishing is a favorite sport here, and the June Lake Loop area is usually one of the first "high" country areas to clear of ice and snow. By late April, June Lake Loop is almost certainly clear, and the lakes are all stocked with trout. Rush Creek, Reverse Creek, and Alger Creek are additional great spots to fish. June Lake has campgrounds that are close to town yet tucked away in secluded spots. And there is certainly no shortage of climbing opportunities in the area, from roadside boulders to challenging alpine routes. Some additional June Lake summer possibilities include RV parks, paddle boards, and horseback riding.

Winter in June Lake offers a perfect blend of solitude, beauty, and alpine excitement. June Mountain offers downhill skiing and snow boarding, with 2,500 vertical feet of downhill skiing and terrain to suit everyone from the beginner to the advanced. The mountain offers cross-country skiing lessons, or you can go off by yourself to enjoy the miles of trails around the Lake. The area is recommended for ski mountaineering enthusiasts and snowmobilers also have a huge area of rideable terrain. Additional activities include snowshoeing, dogsledding, ice climbing and backcountry excursions.

For your golfing pleasure, visit the Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes. Enjoy golfing to a backdrop of mountains and wildlife at California’s highest course. Also in Mammoth Lakes, between the Sherwin Mountain Range and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is Snowcreek Resort Golf Course. Approximately 45 miles south, in Bishop is the Bishop Country Club and Golf Course, a semi-private country club with a challenging 18-hole golf course open to the public all year round. The course has water hazards, well-manicured greens and spectacular views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

 

 

Contact Information

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Darcy Bauer
Mammoth Realty Group
501 Old Mammoth Rd
Mammoth Lakes CA 93546
Office: 760-934-6516
Cell: 760-784-1010
Fax: (760)914-5680