Barney, Robinson, and Crown Lakes is a 16.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Coleville, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length16.9 miElevation gain2,874 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingDog friendlyForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyFee
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Getting There

There is a $15 parking fee at Mono Village.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Bridgeport: Follow the Twin Lakes Road until it ends at the Mono Village Resort. Parking is available at the far end of the resort area at no charge for day use, with a $5 fee for overnight parking.

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Matthew Cutone
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Hiking

This was my first high elevation hike and it was as rewarding as it was grueling. First off, tack on an extra 0.5 to 1 mile to the overall travel time since you have to walk about that long from the parking sight to the trail head. I would rate the hike to Barney lake and the next mile or so past that as moderate. Gentle inclines with one not-so-hard switch back. When you're 2 miles away from Robinson Lake that's when I would rate the trail as hard. Those two miles really put the UP in uphill with about 700ft of elevation to battle. I was two exhausted to hike the rest of the way to Crown Lake. No need for more than one 1.5L bottle, plenty of opportunities to fill up with crisp water. The trail starts off through the camping area and quickly becomes soft dirt. When you cross a "stream" the trail starts to become more gravely. From there it's a mix of soft dirt, quartz gravel, and the occasional rocky portions that involve some good coordination. Take plenty of breaks and start early in the day so you have time to reach Crown Lake without burning yourself out.

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Rita Cwalina
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BackpackingGreat!
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Alex Cheng
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Hiking

This was my first backpacking trip. Terrain is mostly loose gravel with some bits of dirt. Scattered areas of shade. All the lakes provide fantastic views. I stayed at Crown Lake overnight; waking up to the sunset hitting the peaks in the background was definitely worth the hike. I hiked up to Peeler Lake as well for an added lake stop. That portion of the hike seemed the most intense. Make sure to bring lots of water or a water filter, especially if doing this in the heat of summer.

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Zane Frey
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Amazing excursion. Some narrow bush corridors just before and after Barney, but manageable. Only made it up to Robinson Lake, and it was stunning. Lots of mosquitoes (bring deet!) after Barney. Small rocky spurt after Barney.

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K M
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Hiking

Very Beautiful trail all the way up, I got 16.8 to Crown Lake from the campground, well worth it. Did this as a day hike, but looks like an amazing spot to overnight!

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Craig Silberman
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Backpacking

We did this not as a day-hike, but as a backpack trip, camping at Crown for a few nights while doing day hikes into Yosemite a couple days. We were amazed at the quality of the trail, and how well it was maintained (though the signs need help). The scenery was incredible, and the campsites were clean. Mosquitoes were a bit of a nuisance in the morning and evening, but not nearly as bad as we had heard them described. It was an incredible trip, and one we'll always remember.

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Kirsten Guelly
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Backpacking

This trail was absolutely beautiful. Amazing views, easy to follow trail. There was no snow the whole way, so we were able to make it to Crown Lake with no issues. As far as permits - you do need a permit for overnight backpacking. This can only be obtained by making a reservation by mail 3 weeks prior to your trip, or picking up the permit day of from the ranger station. We picked up day of - we showed up at 7:30, ranger station opens at 8. Permit was free and process was easy. They even let us leave a car there overnight. You also do need to have a hard shelled bear canister to overnight in the Hoover wilderness, so be prepared. We did a 2 day rental from a shop in Tahoe. While this trail was truly beautiful, the mosquitos were absolutely horrendous. I have never seen anything like it. As soon as you stopped moving, you were swarmed. We could not leave our tent once we set it up, and we were eaten alive in the process of doing that. In the morning, we packed up in a rush and quickly started moving to get away from the bugs. I am not exaggerating when I say that my body is covered in hundreds of mosquito bites. My legs are covered and I wore full length leggings. It was a shame, because other than this, the trail was incredible. Good luck to all!

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AllTrails User
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HikingSnow

Great out and back overnighter to test my dogs backpacking chops, added bonus it was SO beautiful with lots of fly fishing options! I would easily do this again, even add on a side trip to peeler lake. Would love to do it as a loop, but it goes into NPS land, so with a dog it is not an option. Going to try and keep this trail a secret - into it doesn’t get blown out, now a super fan of Hoover and this area!

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James Olson
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Left from Annett’s Mono Village Resort. $10/overnight parking is good for 7 days. Beautiful hike on the way to Barney Lake (approx. 4 miles). At Barney Lake there no ‘No Camping’ signs posted on trees, as they want campers to stay a minimum of 100 feet from waterways. From Barney Lake, we went to Robinson Lake, crossing the same stream a couple times. Snow covering the trail, made the downloaded All Trails map worth the Pro version. The snow was hard, so it was easy to walk across and make our way to Turquoise Pond, which is adjacent to Robinson Lakes. Mosquitos at Barney Lake, so bring bug spray. Beautiful hike overall. 10/10!!!

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Sam Nunez
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Had an amazing time hiking this trail. Did it with the most snowfall recorded in over 20 years which covered most of the trail past Barney lake. Somehow found my way up with my 3 buddies to Robinson. Could make it to crown because of too much snow. Sights are beautiful, binoculars highly recommended. Would recommend some backpacking experience if you are carrying a pack. Stream crossings were flooded with strong currents. But overall beautiful hike. Coming back to finish this 10/10

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D EP
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Hiking

Overall the trail was in great condition. There was some ice, but nothing too bad. My ~16 lb dog completed it with me and had no trouble.

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Christopher Burns
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Backpacking

Hiked this on the 9th of November 2017. There is no snow on the trail until almost 9000 ft and even then the snow is minimal. There are plenty of places to hike on the way up crown but I recommend pushing all the way to crown. The lake is gorgeous and worth the trip. We were the only people on the lake due to the time of year which made it even better. It got cold at night but not unbearable. This was by far one of the best backpacking experiences I've had in the Sierras. The trail is easy to follow and not too strenuous.

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Josh Van Lente
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ended up going to peeler lake and stayed overnight. hike was challenging with a pack on but totally worth it

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David Weller
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Backpacking

Great backpacking sites at Crown lake. This trail is very underrated in comparison to trails in Yosemite. Wonderful hike and backpacking trip

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Kyle Pickering
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Backpacking

Spent 1 night at Peeler Lake, and the next on the ridge above Snow Lake. Incredibly beautiful area, fantastic trail, lots of mosquitos, would definitely return.

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Mark Rogers
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Hiking

One of my favorites, I kept going and turned it into a 50 mile loop. Gorgeous views and strenuous in several parts. Several bears were spotted

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Anais Tomlinson
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We started out at the Twin Lakes/Mono Village Resort area. Since we were backpacking, we left our car overnight, which is a $10 fee up to 6-7 days. You have to take all food out of your car because bears will get into it and destroy cars! Anyways, the trail up to Crown Lake is very scenic. You get a good view of the Sawtooth Ridge. We camped up behind Crown Lake so we could get a good view of Slide Mountain. The only problem with this hike is that it started snowing with high winds! Otherwise, very scenic, very nice, very gradual elevation gain.

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Jenna Page
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Tanner Fowler
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Maura Ramay-Miljkovic
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Roxy Vogel
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Teri Haddorff Hazel
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Philipp Goppert
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Michael Ershov
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Michael Ershov
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Lance Lattin
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Josh Bamberger
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