Ride Report: Gull Lake Loop – June Lake, CA
If you are new to mountain biking, or want to take a short ride while spending the day in the beautiful town of June Lakes, this is a great ride for anyone. It’s mostly fantastic singletrack, offering up nice views of Gull Lake and the June Mountain Ski Area, and even slithers its way through a small aspen grove. This loop can be done in both directions, but the trailhead near Gull Lake Park is easier to find for your first time – so counter-clockwise is how we describe it here. It’s mostly flat, with just a couple short/steep efforts. If you’re looking for more riding nearby, check out the Yost Trail. While in town, don’t forget to grab a beer at June Lake Brewing and a kailua pig burrito from Ohanas – just a couple blocks from Gull Lake.
- Ride Type: Loop (counter-clockwise as we describe it, but it can be ridden both ways)
- Difficulty: Non-Technical, Easy with Minimal Climbing
- Time of Year: Summer and Fall (sometimes late Winter or Spring – depending on snow pack)
- Terrain/Conditions: Mostly smooth singletrack with a little doubletrack and a short stretch of pavement through the campground.
- Access: From Mammoth, take Highway 395 north for 20 miles to the southern turnoff for the June Lake Loop (Hwy 158). Drive for a little over 2 miles, through town. You’ll see signs for Gull Lake leading you down to the right. Once you reach Gull Lake Park on Granite Avenue, park by the tennis courts and the playground. The trailhead / ride start is directly across the street where you see the trail going steeply up the hillside.
- Length: 1.9 miles
- Approx. Time: 1/2 hour
- Lowest Elevation: 7,623′
- Highest Elevation: 7,711′
- Total Elevation Gain: 103′
- Bike Recommendation: This can be ridden with pretty much any off-road bike.
- GPX File: Available by contacting us
Turn by Turn (in miles):
0.0 – Start up the steep climb. Don’t be discouraged. It looks like a long hard climb, but after 20 yards you make a left turn and it flattens out.
0.5 – Continue straight, merging with the doubletrack trail, and heading up a short climb.
0.7 – Go left on the singletrack
1.0 – Reach an intersection with a fire road. Continue straight (you must curve to the right for 10 feet). After a short stretch, you’ll reach a blockade that only allows bikes and hikers. Descend here, and then go right at the T.
1.2 – Veer left at trail split, go over the bridge and pop out on pavement. Continue on the road to the left, taking you through the campground.
1.5 – The pavement turns to dirt and you pass a bunch of cabins. Continue straight on the dirt road.
1.7 – The wide dirt road narrows to singletrack.
1.8 – Go left, staying on singletrack. After a short, windy section, you emerge in the Gull Lake Marina parking lot. Continue riding straight out of the parking lot. It turns into Granite Ave.
1.9 – Turn left, staying on Granite Ave. The park is on your left, and the loop is complete. Do it again!!