Outdoor enthusiasts head to June Lake, California to embark on adventures entailing rock climbing, water skiing, snowboarding, and bird watching. Staying at a June Lake vacation rental puts you in the heart of snow-capped mountains in the winter, and refreshing lake waters in the summer. Spend your days hiking the Parker Lake Trail, or exploring Yosemite National Park. Don’t forget to schedule time for a little pampering at nearby spas. With so much to do at June Lake every season, you can’t go wrong with a vacation in this rustic area. When making your trip itinerary, don’t forget to add these 10 activities to your must-do list.
1. Hike the Parker Lake Trail
Get an up-close view of the lake and some exercise with a hike on the Parker Lake Trail. This trail offers diverse terrain that begins with a rocky uphill launch before opening up to a flat walkway with views of foliage. After your scenic hike, fill up your bellies with American cuisine at the Tiger Bar and Cafe or Italian fare at Alpine Deli and Pizza Co.
2. Ski Down June Mountain
Get ready for adventure when snowboarding or skiing down June Mountain. Pick up all the gear you need from Ernie’s Tackle and Ski Shop, or ride the slopes and grab your skis and poles at the June Mountain Ski Area Resort. Even when the sun is shining, the lifts at the resorts are open, providing you and the family with astounding views of snow-capped mountains.
3. Fish With June Lake Marina Experts
Catch your own dinner to take back to your vacation rental when guided by the experts from June Lake Marina. Take a guided fishing tour on one of the outfitter’s boats, purchase your tackle in the store, and take advantage of the on-site cleaning station. Fish are abundant in the lake, giving you the chance to reel in rainbow, brown, golden, or brook trout as well as smallmouth bass.
4. Climb Rocks with International Alpine Guides
Whether it’s your first rock climbing adventure or your ninth, the June Lake area features sport climbing spots that are suitable for all skill levels. Sign up for an instructional session from International Alpine Guides and tackle Clarks Canyon, the Owens River Gorge, or the Tioga Pass on the east side of Yosemite National Park. International Alpine Guides supplies you with the safety gear you need to take part in this popular attraction. If you’re seeking a challenge, visit June Lake in the winter for the ice climbing activities that this outfitter sponsors.
5. Sip on Craft Beers at June Lake Brewery
Enjoy a mellow adults-only trip to the June Lake Brewery. This local brewery features an expansive collection of craft beers in a quaint setting, complete with outdoor picnic benches. Stop by on the weekend to grab a meal at one of the food trucks that camp out next to the brewery.
6. Ride Horses With Frontier Pack Train
Take the family on a horseback riding trip to see the beauty of the mountains, June Lake, and Yosemite National Park. Frontier Park Train offers guided tours and instructional workshops that can help even the novice rider hop on a horse and start riding. Opt for an hour-long ride through the Sierras, or choose a trail that takes you to rivers and areas of the desert. After your ride, stop in the ranch restaurant for a bite to eat.
7. Enjoy an Off-Road Adventure with High Sierra
Rent a Jeep, ATV, or four-wheeler from High Sierra Jeep Adventures to tour the June Lake area. You can explore the area on your own, or opt for a guided tour with guides from High Sierra who take you through back roads at high elevations while offering tidbits about the history of the local people and lands.
8. Sail Around the Lake
If you’re a fan of water sports, then rent a sailboat, pontoon boat, or kayak from Gulf Lake Marina to explore June Lake. This water outfitter’s guided boat tours help you find the sandy shores or ride around the June Lake Loop. Or, dive right into the water fun with a water ski or wakeboard rental to get up close and personal with the water.
9. Have a Spa Day at Creekside Spa
Get in a little pampering with a massage, facial, or body wrap from Creekside Spa. Located a few minutes from your June Lake vacation rental, this attraction is ideal for couples seeking some relaxation together or a girls’ day out. After a relaxing session, treat yourself to a steak dinner at the Sierra Inn Restaurant or some comfort food at Carson Peak Inn.
10. Soak in the Natural Hot Springs
Just south of June Lake, you and the family can soak in the natural hot springs on warm summer days. Take a soak at the Benton Crossing Road hot springs. Travel a few miles out to take advantage of the warm waters of the Whitmore Hot Springs, featuring views of mountains. After a refreshing soak, satisfy your hunger with dinner at the World Famous Antler Bar. An additional rustic dining option for the family is Campo Mammoth, an eatery featuring Italian fare and wood-fired pies.
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