Fern/Yost Lake Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Yost and Fern Lake Trail

A brisk climb through Pine and Aspen finds these two lakes, tucked in separate small valleys above the resort town of June Lakes. 

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at Recreation.gov
Day use does not require a permit.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.   
Usage: Light-Medium
Restrictions: - No campfires above 10,000 ft.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Quota of 8 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
- Bear containers are recommended for storage of food and trash. See information in Traveling in Bear Country!
- Ansel Adams Wilderness and Owens River Headwaters wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Limited services at June Lake, full service at Mammoth Lakes
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: No restroom. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For reservation and wilderness permit information call (760) 873-2483; or for area information call the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (760) 924-5500

General Information


From Hwy 395, follow the June Lake Loop (Hwy.158) through the community of June Lakes. Look for the trailhead sign and large dirt parking lot just west of the Carson Peak Inn.

Recreation Map

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Brook Trout are common in Fern lake, Yost Lake is fishless.

River and Stream Fishing

Fern Creek fish for Brook Trout.


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