Barney Lake Trail is a 14.0 kilometer 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.

Distance: 14.0 km Elevation Gain: 389 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

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!

hiking
6 days ago

Very beautiful!

hiking
6 days ago

10/10 would recommend! So beautiful and the lake is like out of a movie!

hiking
7 months ago

Great fishing

hiking
8 months ago

This is an easy trail for most of the way. There are a few little switchbacks at the end that have a little bit of an incline, but overall, this is a very moderate hike. The end is totally worth it, as Barney Lake is absolutely beautiful. There is a lovely little beach to relax on as well.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful destination!

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muddy
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely, diverse trail! Barney Lake is stunning and there is a wonderful sand beach for swimming and fishing.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail is nice!

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous moderate hike! Beautiful day and no crowds. Nice shady spots along the way and a few pretty meadows. No luck fishing but lucky in our gorgeous views!

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bugs
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike - Nice easy elevation gain. Meadow and wildflowers were beautiful. Saw a bear in the second meadow past the campground. We hiked up past Barney lake to get away from the groups at the beach end. We went another 2-3 miles up along the feeder creek as it was absolutely beautiful. Nice hike, beautiful views and lots of water. Bugs weren't too bad unless you stopped in meadow/creek area. We did about 14 miles total out and back. Much shorter if you just go to the lake. Peaks as you hike are majestic. Swam in both Barney Lake (COLD!!) and Upper Twin lakes( COLD!!) at the end. Stay to the right through the very packed campground to find trail head.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous trail, and Barney lake is an incredible treat at the end if you're going for a day hike. If you're hiking during summer don't forget your sunscreen, long stretches don't have tree cover and you can get a sunburn.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

Overall a good hike lake was pretty. Glad I did it but might not do it again.

backpacking
11 months ago

great trail overall. went for a quick overnighter. picked up permit at ranger station- was advised of one night stay limit an have to camp 1/4 mile from lake. when you arrive at mono village, stop at station to pay $10 parking fee. just past station, you will see a sign for barney lake. follow that road through campsites to trailhead. great hike in, relatively easy and very scenic. very few, if any, campsites until you are close to lake. lake is beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

As good as it gets!

hiking
Thu May 30 2019

Hiked this last week(May 24 2019). No snow till last 1/4 mile. Snow was totally manageable with hiking boots. Insanely beautiful! Could not make it past Barney at that time due to snow. Ended up hiking back towards twin lakes about a mile or so and camped in a meadow next to some pine trees and a stream. Amazing!

hiking
Sat Jan 05 2019

Hiked this with my family on memorial day weekend. My buddy was almost struck by a running deer in the meadow near the start so be alert to close encounters. Aspens, towering peaks and streams make for good views. Wife and daughter, with dog, turned around about 3/4 of the way while my son, our friend and I went all the way to the lake. Beautiful in May with snow still covering the peaks. Not much area around the lake that's accessible, but that may be what keeps this gem so beautiful.

Thu Sep 20 2018

Amazing hike, lake view is a gem We spent 2h to the trail end (do not stop at the lake, make it till the end, the view is fascinating) And a bit more than an 1h to the way down as we didn’t have enough time and had to rush I would say It is a 3 part hike, forest, open space (bring hat), elevation, the last one for sure is the difficult one, but is very manageable 4h of good pace would be the time to get to the lake, chill and enjoy, and get back

hiking
Sun Sep 09 2018

A beautiful hike. The mid section was in full sun & it got a bit hot, especially for our dog but it was 100% worth it when you got to the lake. Absolutely stunning! We hiked on a holiday weekend so I was worried the trail would be packed but once you got past the hustle at Mono Village the trail was relatively people free. (The people we did meet were extremely friendly.)

hiking
Thu Aug 30 2018

Good trail for the family. If going out & back in the same day, go early as the pastures have very little shade and it’s gets hot in the afternoon.

Tue Aug 28 2018

Fairly easy, pretty hike.

hiking
Sat Aug 11 2018

Great beginner trail. Trail starts inside the Mono Village Campground. From the Guard gate, bear right and follow all the yellow reflector tags on the trees. The actual "Trailhead" that designates Hoover Wilderness does not start until about 1/2 mile or so into the trail. The first portion of the trail is in beautiful, shaded forest, next to Robinson Creek. This part of the trail can be very crowded. About halfway you reach an Aspen stand before opening up into a sagebrush valley. To the south, you see the Sawtooths (this is how you would get to the Incredible Hulk). Keep walking in open sage for about a mile until you reach the switch backs - those go for about the last mile or so. The incline on the first 3 miles is negligible, but you do gain about 1,000' in that last mile. Barney lake is VERY popular - MANY people from Mono Village take this trail to just walk around. People party at Barney Lake - bring stereos and enjoy rambunctious lake play...its hardly relaxing when I have been there. Permitting for this lake is unique. Station allows 50 people in per day (25 in advance, and 25 SAME DAY walk up). This fills up FAST. Once you get your permit you are not allowed to camp within 1/4 mile before or after the lake, so keep an eye out for spots. You can only stay at Barney Lake for 1 night, then you must move on. Rangers are strict about this. Must have a bear can too - and well-required; there is LOTS of bear sign in this area. Great trail for a beginner.

Thu Aug 02 2018

Beautiful hike even with the Smokey skies. Passed maybe 20 people - but had the Lake to ourselves when we arrived. Great hike with my 12yr old son in 4.5 hours at a nice, steady pace.

Fri Jul 27 2018

Moderate hike with a beautiful view of the lake!! Don’t forget your camera!!

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Tue May 29 2018

Easy to follow trail set in a beautiful valley leading up to Barney Lake. The remaining snow on the peaks right now makes for a fantastic view.

hiking
Mon Feb 19 2018

This trail is by far one of my favorite places. Taking advantage of the unusually warm weather, I took my three boys up there yesterday. Just a few patches of snow on the trail, and yes, Barney is frozen over. It was a beautiful day. Ran into a few cross-country skiers wondering where the snow was. We need that snow for sure! I highly recommend continuing up the trail (tough climb) into Peeler Lake - a great place to camp.

Thu Feb 08 2018

Small amounts of snow on trail- some areas a little slick- 3 tiny stream crossings (nothing a little hop skip can't get you over). Great for being FEBRUARY!

hiking
Sun Dec 31 2017

Had a beautiful day with weather around 55 in the end of December! Small patches of snow and ice, but no problem to walk through. Lake was frozen and beautiful!!! Great hike:)

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