Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Bridgeport with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Was recommended by someone to go here for snowshoeing we couldn’t find the trail due to all the snow.

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.

excellent hike. beautiful fall colors and peeler lake is gorgeous! bring your fishing pole! steep from barney to peeler but mainly flat from twin to barney

Did it counterclockwise. Climb up to Smedberg was longer than we thought. Beautiful!

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

Started at Twin Lakes to Barney, then in to Peeler. The trail is covered in snow in some spots closer to Peeler. Definitely tired when we reached camp. There were mosquitos everywhere. The lake is a beautiful sight to see.

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

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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Friday, May 26, 2017

Similar to Bryan below, started at the campground went to Barney and continue to peeler. I was definitely keeping a fast paced hiking speed, so I was pretty tired when i got back to the campground, but the hike was well worth the views. There was some snow towards the last half mile to peeler, but nothing unmanageable in hiking boots. Cannot stress enough how many Mosquitos were by the lake though if you are planning on back packing and camping.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

A deceptively hard hike with big elevation gain, worth it with such a beautiful clear lake at the end.
More small lakes are beyond and the center peak can be seen from 395. Had snow in September, one of my favorite hikes of all time.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, November 03, 2014

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.

I hiked starting in the campground at twin lakes up to barney and then continued on to peeler lake, we did it as a day hike, and let me tell you that doing it in a day is super tough. but the views and the sense of accomplishment are well worth it if you are in the area its a great hike

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

This is a hike we used for client trips at Leave No Trace Adventures. For beginning hikers we opted for staying just at the end of Barney Lake on first night although a short distance, seemed to make it much more enjoyable for the clients. The switch backs that begin shortly after Barney Lake on the way to Crown or Peeler Lakes can be difficult for first time backpackers. We then move off to the right towards Peeler Lake and stay one or two days, depending if anyone wants to bag a peak. We then head back to Crown Lake for a night and another nice set of switches await you to the hike to 20 Mule Pass if you wish, but without packs. Great scenery, fishing, and the view atop the peaks at Peeler Lake are incredible.