It seemed to us that June Lake Loop deserved another look, only this time we were going to take some of the dirt roads that we saw on our first visit. We ended up spending a good part of our visit off road which gave us a very different perspective on the area, as well as a whole lot less people. We found this great boondocking site on the back side of Grant Lake that I believe that I could get the Dutch Star into. There was a great young couple camped there and we talked to them for a while, and they shared a beer with us. He is a fireman from L.A. and she a school teacher.
We then proceeded on to the Village of June Lake which will be another post. We ate lunch there and then moved along on the paved road to another dirt road which took us to the Parker Lake Trailhead.
The Parker Lake Trail is somewhere around 6 miles round trip with some serious uphill at the start for a short while, and then it kind of leveled out to a gentle uphill climb, and followed Rush Creek all the way to Parker Lake thru some very nice wooded areas with lots of wildflowers along the way. Nancy went bonkers!
Fortunately we had lathered up with Cutters Insect Repellent because the mosquitas were everywhere as we neared the lake. Somewhere along the way the exposure settings on my Nikon got accidentally moved to the point that the pictures that I took were really dark, way beyond saving. Fortunately Nancy had been taking some pictures on the Canon which partially saved the day.
There are a lot of off road opportunities in this area, some of which require a 4 X 4, but most of them could be driven on by most cars. The June Lake Loop area and the High Country Loop area are the best that we've seen here so far. We'll be returning to the High Country Loop one more time this evening to get some sunset shots and we'll post them another time.