If you’ve been to Big Rock Resort before, you’ve probably spent time on the June Lake Loop, aka Route 158, that goes along June Lake and takes many skiers to June Mountain Ski Area in the winter. Route 158 is known as “June Lake Loop Road” or “Boulder Drive” in certain places… the majority of the developed community is spread narrowly along a five-mile stretch of this road, which includes the small town of June Lake, population 630 or so. In the summertime, the population can grow by 2,500 thanks to tourists.
Thankfully, not too much has changed on the June Lake Loop in the past couple decades– it’s still a relaxing place to be, with some mainstays on it, like Ernie’s and the Tiger Bar. That said, in the past few years there have been some new developments bringing a new energy to the town… new places to eat, drink and hang out!
Exciting New Things in June Lake
• June Lake’s water is high-quality, and it’s used to make beer locally– you’ve got to visit June Lake Brewing. Located a block off the main drag in town, this place has award-winning ales, a tasting room, a food truck, and more.
• “The Lift” is easily spotted because there’s a chair lift hanging in the sky to guide you there. Go inside The Lift and marvel at the wine bar made out of Monterey cypress. Many visitors have remarked that the quality of food you’ll get at The Lift rivals anything you’d find in NY or LA.
• In the mood for Mexican food? Visit Gordo’s, where you’ll get complimentary chips and salsa. Portions are huge here, so be prepared to split one order between two people or take some back to your cabin at Big Rock Resort.
• Then there’s the T-Bar Social Club, which is June Lake’s great music venue. Wait– a town of 600+ has a music venue? Yes! With a world-class sound system, the T-Bar Social Club is a great place to spend an evening listening to a rock band. They also have comedians, inspirational speakers and more from time to time.
• What else is “in town?” There’s the Hermitage Juice Bar for healthy food and coffee or smoothies. Gallery 158’s a nice souvenir shop. And High Sierra Cannabis offers three unique-to-June strands for those who partake…
For those staying at Big Rock Resort who want to go to town for something to eat or drink– or just find some people to hang out with, June Lake on the June Lake Loop is the place to be. The town is a half mile from the resort– a 2 minute drive or 10 minute walk.