This hike is relentless in its ascent climbing directly from the parking area upwards for the entire way. Located in the middle of the June Lake Loop, the small, secluded parking area is the hub for the Fern Lake, Yost Lake and Carson Peak trips. You directly head into a climb that is made up of a few long switch-backs. About half way you will reach the stream crossing at which point you can continue to Fern Lake or go left towards Yost Lake. If you wish to summit Carson, follow the Fern Lake Trail as it will put you closer to the ridge line. This strenuous 3.38 mile hike has an elevation gain of about 1,582 feet and is an out-and-back style. On average, the hike to Fern Lake takes about 3 hours and is best during the summer and fall months. The trailhead elevation sits at about 7,300 feet and reaches 8,885 feet at its highest point along the trail. Once there, you and the pooch can enjoy the waterfalls on the far side of Fern Lake or sit on the beach and enjoy the serentiy that nature has to offer.