Barney Lake Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Barney Lake Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bridgeport, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

8.8 miles
1430 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running


horseback riding




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!

1 month ago

The aspens are in peak right now and this is an exceptional year for color. Don't let the distance stop you. This hike is relatively flat except the last mile which is gradual switchback.

2 months ago

the hike is mostly in full sun but Barney lake is worth it

3 months ago

4 months ago

The view at Barney Lake is well worth the trip. Beautiful hike along the trail too

5 months ago

Hi Jimmy / Stephanie, I am thinking of backpacking this weekend into Barney Lake and then onwards to Peeler Lake, if you can share the trail condition, that'll be much appreciated, is it covered in snow, wet, or ?

Thanks in advance.

5 months ago

5 months ago

6 months ago

Great trail. Lots of snow about the last half mile from the lake. Still very cold at night.

6 months ago

Great Hike. Lots of streams to navigate due to snow melt. The meadow portions of the trail were very soggy, and good amount of snow at the end of the trail... Any tennis shoe wearers had wet feet. Slight incline the majority of the way, then lots of switchbacks through large hillside thicket all the way up to the lake. Barney was still half frozen on Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Not a large shore area since the lake is so full, but we were able to find some fallen trees to relax on and enjoy the view.

6 months ago

6 months ago

This is a great trail! Nice gradual climb, not too strenuous and beautiful scenery. A good portion of the hike was very wet so I recommend some waterproof shoes. I forgot my gortex hiking shoes and was fine doing it in Nike Frees but my feet were soaked for most of the hike.

6 months ago

7 months ago

This is my favorite hike in the Bridgeport area. Did it three times last year and plan on doing it again here in a few weeks.
It isn't too hard for a beginner at a mere 9ish miles roundtrip. The trailhead can be found at the end of the Mono Village Campground and the trail is mostly flat with the exception of the switchbacks towards the end.
The lake itself is beautiful. Facing Crown Peak, walk towards the left along the beach to find nice & quite hang out spots where you can relax and take in the scenery.
I highly recommend this hike to anybody. You should give it a go if you haven't already.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

best day hike!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

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!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Hike with some incredible views! This hike is relatively easy - for those of us "in-shape" 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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

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!