Barney Lake Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Barney Lake Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bridgeport, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

8.8 miles 1510 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Aspen groves and distant snow-capped peaks. This is a nice hike that takes you from the bustling "city" of the Mono Village Resort to semi-solitude in roughly four easy miles. There is a small stream to cross early in the hike, but nothing that can't usually be jumped across. Half way to the lake you will pass through some Aspen groves just outside the Hoover Wilderness. The final climb to the lake can seem tedious, but the rewards are well worth effort. Be sure to bring the camera and plenty of film!

3 months ago

best day hike!

camping
10 months ago

1 year ago

Was a beautiful hike. Took my 6 year old and 11 year old. The trail has an excellent grade. We didnt see many people. Once we got to the lake we got to see a beaver swimming around. Had lunch at the lake and hiked in about another mile and a half to s beautiful waterfall. the views a
of the peaks was breathtaking.

hiking
2 years ago

The perfect hike and a beautiful lake. Some much to see on this hike… chugged a shared liter of beer and headed back. Got a "high-five" from my girlfriend for this idea. Enjoy!

hiking
2 years ago

Great Hike with some incredible views! This hike is relatively easy - for those of us "in-shape" ...my 9 yr old daughter did it and we only had to stop 2 times. A good portion of this climb is shaded. The beach at Barney Lake is wonderful and the view of lake is stunning! Fishing was bad, as well as the mosquitoes. Thank GOD for other hikers that gave us some of the Deet oil, which kept the mosquitoes away.
Note: the last mile is mostly a "single-track" trail so, hit the hike early in the day and you won't encounter as many hikers.

hiking
2 years ago

done this hike a few times. pretty easy hike. the first 3 miles are easy but the last mile to the lake is a bit harder. beautiful sceneries through the aspen forest and robinson creek. mid june to mid july mosquitoes are really bad. they will bite through your clothing. we were there last day of 06/2014 and probably got stung hundreds of times even with bug spray. fishing was great. powerbait and salmon egg didn't do too well. caught 2. live worms and kastmaster lure did really well. seem like every cast i was able to hook one. we camped about 1.5 miles up from the lake and did a day hike to robinson lake, crown lake, and snow lake for some more fishing. all lakes and stream were great for fishing. caught 10 within 5 minutes at snow lake. again, mosquitoes were really bad. confirmed with a couple of rangers that by mid july, the mosquitoes all of the sudden, GONE. funny thing was, when we cross over to Yosemite, there were no mosquitoes at all. weird!

camping
2 years ago

Just hiked from mono village to Barney lake, camped 1.2 miles north of the lake. Moderate hike uphill, 5.7 miles to our site. Gorgeous nature views, highest temperature 84, nights warm
Stayed 2 nights, hiked to peeler lake and Yosemite border. Bad thing is, millions of mosquitos!

trail running
3 years ago

Great day hike or run through a spectacular east side canyon to a beautiful peaceful lake. An excellent choice from there is to continue uphill to lakes at the border of the Hoover wilderness and Yosemite for an overnight trip.

hiking
3 years ago

The trail head is accessed in the horrible Annett's Twin Lakes RV campground. Walk to the rear along the campground road on the north edge of the meadow. You quickly leave the busy, noisy campground and are soon on a lovely wooded trail near Robinson Creek. There are open sections, parts through aspen groves, small stream crossings, dramatic craggy mountains, ancient slides, and a lake to cool your toes in. Enjoy!

hiking
3 years ago

Loved this hike. Beautiful views and you quickly feel like you've disappeared into the deep Sierra. Not great fishing at the lake.

hiking
3 years ago

I have done this hike many many times I love it .

hiking
4 years ago

Just did this trail. 8-1-12. Hike was great. All uphill on the way. Beautiful scenery. Lake was nice and refreshing. Took 4 hours. I would say its a moderate hike.