June Lake, California - I can't believe its almost been a year since I took a long "solo" non-holiday weekend to drive across the Sonora Pass. Ever since moving to California, I wanted to take the drive across the pass, but it is kind of out of the way and closed due to snow for several months a year. So, it took me 9 years to finally do the drive. Yet, despite achieving this personal goal, I wrote so little about the trip; though we have offered a large number of photos taken during that trip for sale on our website, especially of the Stanislaus River rapids and dramatic fall leaves at Lake Sabrina.
|Leaves Turning at Lake Sabrina|
June Lake Loop is CA-158 in Mono County. The north and south ends of the 16 mile loop road junction with US395 between Lee Vining and to the north and Mammoth Lakes to the south.
|June Lake Loop From the Sky|
While the June Lake Loop encircles several lakes, the most scenic are Grant Lake and June Lake. Grant Lake is the first lake you come upon when heading south. Grant lake certainly has that alpine, above the tree line feel about it.
|In the shade on June Lake Loop|
|In the Shade of June Lake Loop|
There is a town of June Lake that acts as the tourist base for the lake. The town of June Lake's population jumps from 629 to over 3100 during the summer. SR 158 from 3.5 miles north of June Lake to the northern junction with U.S. Highway 395 is closed during winters, typically from mid-December through mid-April.
|View of the town of June Lake through the Trees|
A lucky meet-up for me happened on this drive around the loop. The government shutdown of 2013 was in progress and this resulted in most National Park and National Forest locations' restrooms being locked up. Well, when you have to go, you have to go. You find a place to pull over, run into the bushes and do your thing. As I turned off the main road, I almost hit this deer that was crossing the side road. She was a fine specimen and allowed me to follow her for a short while until her and her doe ran off into the woods.
|Fawn and Doe|