June Lake, CA, USA

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June Lake, CA, USA

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Rustic charm in quaint June Lake

Situated in a subalpine valley surrounded by California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, June Lake offers a tranquil getaway for visitors looking to unwind on its hiking trails, get active with some water-skiing, or take some snapshots of the stunning autumn foliage. A June Lake vacation rental promises all the comforts of home, while its down-to-earth cabins, campgrounds and lodges provide a more rustic experience. De-stressing in the great outdoors is the order of the day here—you won’t find a lot of upscale shops or fine-dining restaurants—but with its beautiful surroundings and quaint atmosphere, June Lake offers a classic Californian escape.

Getting out and about in June Lake

Although June Lake offers plenty of picture-perfect opportunities to just kick back with a cool drink, put your feet up, and watch the sun set over the mountains, there are also plenty of activities, so you can do as much or as little as you choose. The trout fishing here is world famous, and you can catch your dinner fresh from the lakes (try frying the trout with jalapenos and mango—a local specialty). Grant Lake is a breezy place to take the speedboat for a spin, while the area’s hiking trails back onto the sweeping Ansel Adams Wilderness Area.

Ghosts and galleries: where to go in June Lake

The vibe in June Lake is homespun, with old-timey shops, casual eateries, and galleries displaying the works of local artists. It’s a decidedly low-key place where you can rent your skis at a tackle shop, and if that sounds like a pleasant throwback to a gentler time, then make sure to pop by nearby Bodie, a ghost town suspended in time (or, as the Park Service puts it, “arrested decay”.) If you’re visiting in the summer, you can find a June Lake vacation rental right on the doorstep of the pristine lakes, while winter draws snowbirds to the slopes of June Mountain.

Through the seasons in June Lake

Summers in June Lake are pleasantly warm, with highs in July of a balmy 77 degrees. The town’s fairly dry, with an average of 277 sunny days a year, but the occasional shower or thunderstorm does roll through. Fall in June Lake is beautiful, as its autumnal palettes rival New England’s, while winters are cold and crisp, with the lows in January dipping to 13 degrees—perfect weather for hitting the slopes before relaxing with a cup of cocoa in your June Lake vacation rental.

June Lake’s fascinating topography

Set across rolling hills and picturesque meadows, and nestled in the shadows of the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountains, June Lake’s topography could have been invented for the postcards sold in general stores. The area is packed with attractions for wilderness lovers, including tranquil Gull Lake, and the backcountry of Horsetail Falls. Ride a horse, hop on a boat, or take an off-road 4x4 adventure; there are plenty of great ways to catch up with the beautiful scenery.