June Lake Scenic Loop & Lundy Lake, California

XM007W June Mtn Mono Lake

You are viewing June Lake and Silver Lake from the top of June Mountain Ski Resort. You can see Mono Lake in the distance. June Mountain and June Lake are a short drive north of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Mountain, Calif., on U.S. Route 395.

I visited June Lake and Lundy Lake at different seasons. A friend and I went exploring in the autumn and drove around Lundy Lake. Here, below, are rabbitbrush blossoms. Rabbitbrush is a member of the daisy family. It is not related to sagebrush.

SN007W Sage Flowers at June Lake

SN014W Road to Lundy Lake

The road to Lundy Lake, above. The 10-foot tall stakes at intervals along each side of the road are there to mark the road when it snows. On the ground today, at the end of March, beginning of April, they have 91-100 inches, that’s around eight feet.

SN017W Autumn on Road to Lundy Lake

Autumn on the road to Lundy Lake; quaking aspen leaves turning gold, and white fir trees.

Aspen Doubloons

When the leaves of quaking aspen trees, above, change color in the fall, they look like gold doubloons shivering in the breeze.

Tule Fog

Tule fog on sagebrush along the June Lake Loop. Obscured in the distance is Mono Lake.

Tule Sage 300 copy

Crystal Sage 300 copy

Tule fog crystals on sagebrush, above.

SN011W June Lake Sage Flowers

SN008 Sage Flowers on June Lake Loop

June Lake Loop and rabbitbrush flowers.

Below are scenes we passed along the way.

Lundy Lake Hill & Pines

Lundy Lake Area 1

Dead Lodgepole & Minaret Vista

Lodgepole pine, above. Lodgepole pines grow straight, so they make good lodge poles.

Glacial Moraine

Glacial moraine.

Dead Lodgepole & Minaret Vista 1

Minaret Mountain vista, in the distance.

June Lake from Hill

June Lake.

Dead Lodgepole & Minaret Vista 2

Dead lodgepole pine.

June Lake from Hill 1

June Lake.

SN018W Carson Peak

June Lake Loop and Carson Peak.

–Samantha Mozart