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June Lake Loop in July

The last weekend in July we camped at Oh! Ridge campground at June Lake, California. The view from our campground was gorgeous with all the late season snow on the Sierra.

While our friends Catherine and Brian took our son out kayaking on the lake, Stan and I were able to ride the  June Lake Loop on our road bikes. From the campground we rode through the town of June Lake, at the south end of the lake and then turned north at the base of the Sierra. We got a great view of Horsetail Falls, which was flowing profusely! I forgot my camera on the bike ride so I took  photos the next day when we drove out in our motor home. The white you see on the mountain is actually a water fall.

After passing Horsetail Falls, we passed Gull Lake and Silver Lake and then Grant Lake, which we were told was the fullest it had been in 30 years. Saturday morning was a nice time to ride – not many motor homes or trailers on the June Lake Loop.

After Grant Lake, we got a nice view over the Mono Lake valley on our descent to US 395. We turned onto 395 and had about 6 miles to ride back to the June Lake Junction. There was a nice wide shoulder, so although there was a lot of traffic with a lot of motor homes and trailers, it was still a nice ride.

When we turned south onto US 395, we were able to look west at the stunning view of the Sierra. I was so mad I forgot my camera. Our ride was 25 miles with 1553 ft of climbing. We did it in 1 and 3/4 hours. Another option would have been to go west from our campground at the beginning of the ride. That would have been a little climb over a pass at the north end of June Lake. We drove that way the next day and we could see that it would have been a great ride.


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