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Erin Pagaduan reviewed Twin Lakes to Peeler Lake
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Backpacking

Wonderful!!!

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Gwen Lux Kelsey reviewed Ski Lake and Leavitt Lake
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First to Review

Once you get to Levitt Lake, you have to go up to the little parking area where the Levitt lake sign is. It is about a quarter mile more up the road away from the lake. Ski lake trail is to the left of the Levitt Lake sign on an unmarked trail. Trail is on a steep rocky ridge. It is a popular trail, and easy to follow. The trail itself is pretty easy, except for there is one short section that descends vertically into a snow run off, so it's a steep climb down, and then back up in that one section on the way back. Lots of flowers on the way.

Brooke Grillo reviewed Tamarack Lake Trail (Twin Lakes)
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HikingOver grown

This trail is very difficult but extremely worth it. The lake itself is something out of a fairly tale. I recommend starting early and making sure you are fully prepared with water and food. You will need it!

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BackpackingGreat!
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Brenda Brown reviewed Crown Point Loop
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BackpackingGreat!

Drove from SF Bay area on Friday afternoon (tip: stop at Sonora on your way out or back). We stayed at Bridgeport Inn on Friday night (historic building, outdoor dinning on the lawn due to Covid-19). Backpacked 3 night/2 day, counterclockwise, from Twin Lakes. We picked up a walk-in permit at Ranger station on Saturday at 8 am. Parked the car at the resort at Twin Lakes $15. This is the busiest section of the trip. We ran into 20+ groups of backpackers and day hikers from the hike from Twin Lakes to Barney Lake which is ~4 miles. Barney has a nice little beach and beautiful view. Bring your swim suit and enjoy a swim in the lake. From there, you start switchbacks and hike for another 4 miles until you get to Peeler Lake. When you arrive at Peeler Lake, there is a campsite with view of the lake then you descend and there is a large dirt area where most people camped. If you continue on the trail, there is one more site on the left but then the area around the lake is marked as "no camping". If you continue, then you get to the flat rock area, also with 'no camping' signs but you may be able to squeeze in an area. As you are exiting the lake, there is another campsite area by the creek but no lake view though you are only steps away. There is one with its own little waterfall. From Peeler Lake to Crown is 7 miles and Snow Lake makes it a nice lunch spot. Camped at Crown the 2nd night. If you have energy, before you get to Crown and after Snow Lake, you can take a side trip and go up to Mule Pass. There is another small lake. On the 3rd day, we hike out, `8 miles, the last of the Robinson's Lake turquoise color water is beautiful/very small lake. People have camped at the 2nd of the Robinson's lake. There is an area, on both sides of the trail that could easily allow for maybe 4 tents close together (ok for a group). Total mileage is higher at 23 miles (8/7/8), moderate. A truly beautiful hike. Tips: Bring repellent and a backpack rain cover or put your belongings in waterproof bags inside your backpack. It rained every evening for about 20 -30 minutes. Set up your tent as soon as you get to where you will spend the night so you can take shelter if it starts raining (when it rains, it pours).

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Katy Storm reviewed Twin Lakes to Peeler Lake
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Backpacking

We hiked this trail on the last day of backpacking the Benson Circuit Loop, so it was downhill for us. Peeler is an awesome lake with gorgeous scenery. Very cold water felt good on our tired feet. We heard the fishing is amazing there, so bring a pole if you have time. The grade is gentle from the trailhead to Barney Lake. The hike from Barney to Peeler is full of steep switchbacks and can get really hot in the direct sun. Rest in the shady spots and refill your water from Robinson Creek, which you cross twice. Lots of good campsites along the trail and near the lakes!

Brendan Bird reviewed Crown Point Loop
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BackpackingGreat!

Fantastic hike! Did 3 days, 2 nights. Definitely some taxing elevation gains with several river crossings. First night stayed at Crown Lake. Summited Crown Point from Snow Lake by following the southwest ridge. The second night we camped on the south end of Barney Lake with fantastic views. Recommend bug spray, plenty of water available. Backcountry permit for Robinson Creek under Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Wilderness; obtained at recreation.gov . Bear canister required. Parking at Mono Village for small fee.

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Backpacking

Beautiful canyons, meadows, and streams throughout this hike with plenty of elevation gain. We did this loop counterclockwise in mid July in 3 nights and 4 days. Be aware that what other reviewers have mentioned is true: the current AllTrails mileage is wrong (as of July 2020 it says 45.3 miles). The route is actually 50+ miles and another guidebook clocks it at around 54 miles. Our entire party agreed with this estimate, (especially if you do a little meandering off to some lakes) and found it to be one of the more physically demanding trips we've been on in part due to this unexpected extra mileage, but also because of the long stretches of ups and downs. I would recommend an extra day for a little more leisure time by the beachy lakes, although 3 nights is totally possible if you're a group of confident hikers looking for a good challenge with minimal breaks. One more word of caution -- be prepared for thunder and lightning and hailstorms. We experienced all of these on two separate days and were caught in a hailstorm that left us scrambling to find shelter as we descended the steep Burro Pass. On a brighter note, the rain set up the sky for some of the most beautiful sunsets. July temperatures were comfortable and mosquitoes were present but not swarming (but definitely bring spray!). It should go without saying, but have good hiking shoes because the terrain is very rocky. One of the members of our group learned the hard way that Rx bars can double as orthotics. On our final day we ran into a friendly ranger checking permits so make sure to have them printed and easily accessible. Would love to come back sometime for a 4 night version of this trail to leave time for more lake swimming!

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BackpackingGreat!RockyScramble

Completed the loop clockwise as a 3 night/4 day backpacking trip. Conditions were perfect! The scenery was amazing and the views at the top of Mule and Burro Passes were unbelievable. We were pleasantly surprised that the mosquitoes weren't that bad, as others had reported. Nighttime temps were in the low 40s/high 30s. Daytime temps 80s-90s. We camped at the lakes under Finger Peaks, Smedberg Lake, and near Arnet Lake (off trail near the meadows). This was the longest and most difficult trip I have been on thus far. We initially planned to hike 10 miles the first 3 days, leaving the big climbs for early morning (fresh legs), but we pushed further on and ended up doing more like 12-13 miles each day and climbing in the afternoon, leaving the 4th day mostly flat and downhill to the TH. It was tiring but again, the scenery and experience were worth it. GPS, Fitbit, and Apple all clocked different mileages between the 2 of us, so I think this loop is closer to 52+ miles. We took our time, stopping to wade in the streams and lakes, eating on the trail, and setting up camp around 7/8pm. If you like to arrive to camp earlier to cook and chill, I would recommend doing this as a 5-7 day trip. Some days we only saw 1-2 people, except on the main trail to Peeler/Barney Lake from the TH, which can get busy. We had the entire Matterhorn Canyon to ourselves and spent over an hour at empty (but windy) Benson Lake. No bear sightings, but we did have a marmot or pika chew the straps off 2 of our hiking poles while we slept. I would totally do this trip again!

Kyle Skitco reviewed Crown Point Loop
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HikingBugs

Hiked this trail on July 4th weekend. Great loop with plenty of lakes to see and fish. Make sure to bring bug spray!

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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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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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06/21/20 - 06/25/20: Overall this trip was really hard for us but we are also really out of shape. Despite the difficulty, the trip was 100% worth it for the gorgeous sites and sense of accomplishment. We started by parking at Twin Lakes Resort - $15 for the duration of the trip. From there we walked through the campground and up to Barney Lake. This hike is a steady incline but not too bad. We saw a lot of people and young kids doing this hike. We stopped at Barney for lunch and luckily had the whole beach to ourselves. the lake is beautiful. From there we finished the first day by hiking up to Peeler Lake at about ~9,600'. This hike kicked our butts with 2 river crossings and a steep incline up. Peeler is really pretty too but the mosquitoes are BAD. There's tons of fish there but we couldn't get any to bite. The second day we hiked out to Benson Lake in Yosemite. This hike is easier with less elevation gain but really long (~11 miles). We went from Peeler Lake, through Kerrick Meadows, over Seavy Pass, and down into Benson Lake. The mosquitoes in Kerrick Meadow are horrendous! It was a really long day of hiking but reaching Benson's expansive beach was such a relief. The beach is huge and once again we were lucky to have it all to ourselves. We fished from the beach and crossed the river to fish in deeper water. The fish were biting like crazy - we couldn't miss. Benson Lake was our favorite spot on our trip! On the fourth day we hiked out of Benson, back over Seavy pass, and back to Peeler Lake. We did come across a ranger at this point who asked to see our Wilderness Permit.The hike out of Benson is rough and we were pretty tired at the end of our trip. The final day we hiked down from Peeler back to Twin Lakes. This hike is easy as it is all downhill. We saw a lot of people coming up to Peeler for the day or a night. It took us about 5hrs with lots of breaks, the river crossings, and sore everything. We were just as relieved to make it back tour car as we were that we did it. This hike is beautiful, fun, and hard. I would definitely do it again!

Heidi V. reviewed Twin Lakes to Peeler Lake
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Backpacking

We camped one night at Peeler Lake (6/12-6/13) and had snow overnight, but melted next morning and only small patches on trail towards the top on the way in. The trail starts pretty steady/flat through beautiful meadow with a few switchbacks up to Barney Lake. The real elevation gain hits on the way up to Peeler and is tough with heavy packs but worth the trip. Great fishing on the way past Barney Lake and large trout in Peeler Lake. Great trail!

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William Norman reviewed Buckeye Creek Trail to Kirkland Pass
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In the year 2018,of November, camp sites were closed in thought its really a winter place to camp. Cold at night's . down in 30s with winds . I started out with bicycle,at 9/am, ranger station said ok by laws say no ? .I stayed to old jeep trail to left side of river exp for meadows, cattle trails stay left on defined path most in middle you'll come to end of medows Sprouce trees many.river to right banks hard go in to tree's 25yrd then to right you'll see opening down trees to traverse slite drop in river with cobble stones showing on banks at time river was mid Calif about crossing,watch slippery stones .then on left side of river now things start to change now good look about time trail still moderately changing ok still jeep trail with sedimentary stones an trees an brush trail keep good eye for trail take little time you'll find it most to right still jeep trail then opening small medow to left trail to right still trail over grown may take medow? see some boulders up on trail stay right to Bush's see old jeep trail and spring flow now keep looking for trail to right up slitely now to spite serpenteen trail now no loosening trail it gets scenic cascading water falls narrow trail trees stair way down to falls big big boulder's a camp site there . trail coverd with pines clay damp trail like red woods never been to red woods seen pitchers . keep going to left first junction goes toward tween lakes stay straight next junction to left your in piute meadow's left trail tower lake . Hay if your in for an outing an bivwack or ruffing it this would be fun an would takes some nights. p.s iam going to try my self this yr. at longer days July or August happy trails. 2020 yr.

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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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Matthew Machonis reviewed Crown Point Loop
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BackpackingOver grown

Beautiful 3 night, 2 day backpacking trip! The trail follows tire tracks and cow trails through open meadows, pine forest, and aspen stands. There are many different paths, and we diverged on a few with no problem getting back to the AllTrails path. The river was about knee high at the first crossing, but we were able to jump it at the second crossing near the waterfall. The meadows were a fantastically comfy place to camp the first night. The second night we found an established campsite in the pines which provided good shelter for some on again-off again pea sized hail and rain. The views on this trail are incredible. And we had the trail all to ourselves!

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Skyler Carrico reviewed Twin Lakes to Peeler Lake
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Hiking

Anyone know if snow is clear enough for camping at Peeler yet? Looking to do a trip this weekend. Cheers!

Colby Goettel reviewed Twin Lakes to Peeler Lake
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Hiking

Absolutely amazing hike. Twin Lakes to Barney Lake is a good day hike, but getting up to Peeler (8 miles, 8.3 miles to the campground) is a bit much for a day hike. The hike to Barney (4 miles) is fairly uneventful with little elevation gain. Starts to get really good once you get out of the woods and can see things. From Barney to Peeler is where the elevation hits. Lots of switchbacks and river crossings (plenty of rocks to hop across so don't worry about having waterproof shoes). Moderately difficult hike. The Peeler Lake camping area is expansive and gorgeous. Right on the lake, plenty of flat places to put a tent. The trail continues on to Yosemite wilderness area and you can go off trail to summit Crown Point (incredible, but difficult hike).

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