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

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6 days ago

Very beautiful!

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6 days ago

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

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no shade
rocky
10 days ago

Good little hike. I would say it is moderate; decent elevation gain for a short distance. The trail is sunny and exposed. I don't remember the bugs being too bad. The trail itself is typical Sierra but not much to stand out....you pass through a small wetland toward the end and then Emma lake sits in a bowl. Once you arrive at the lake there isn't really anywhere to go. Pretty wildflowers along the way. The trailhead is next to some residential property; please be polite and don't block the guy's driveway.

hiking
7 months ago

Great fishing

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).

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.

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Just a quick scout to verify the trailhead and gauge scenery, hikeability. The “trailhead” I scouted starts as an abandoned, unmarked 4W road behind some cabins behind the Twin Lakes General Store. This starting, or ending, point is shown on other AT recordings. But at the store I was told it was private property all the way up — at least up to the spring that supplies water to the store and neighboring cabins.

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no shade
rocky
8 months ago

For starters, most of this is a dirt road, not a trail. You can drive just about all the way to the end, and there is a small parking lot with pit bathrooms. Secondly, the area beyond the parking lot isn’t so much a trail as a well-traversed collection of salty flats and mounds with various hot springs hidden amongst the rocks. It’s great fun walking around trying to find all the pools. We found five usable, and a sixth that was basically just mud. Most of the useable pools have been optimized by people over time, with extra rocks placed to divert and trap more water in them. There are places where you can see the water bubbling as it comes up into the pools. Be careful, while all the pools seemed to be comfortably warm, we did find one individual point where the water coming up was near-boiling. So give any bubbling water a quick test before dunking in too close. Also don’t be surprised if some of the bathers are nude, it’s a pretty isolated and lax kind of place. Even if you’re not here to bathe, finding all the pools and feeling the temps of all the little springs is great fun.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful destination!

backpacking
8 months ago

Beautiful, diverse trail. We camped 2 nights about 1.5 miles passed Barney lake and did a day trip to Peeler. Stunning lake but we were very glad to not have full packs - the uphill getting to Peeler was intense. No bugs or snow, although some spots were rather windy and it did get cold at night. Not many camp spots between Barney and the first set of switchbacks up to Peeler but we managed to find one with a fire ring around 8400 ft.

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muddy
8 months ago

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over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. The trail isn’t the best marked at the river crossing hiking in from Twin Lakes so be on the look out. It’s a bit overgrown this year so bring your tick spray, other than that it’s beautiful straightforward hike.

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.

4 day 3 night backpack beginning Aug. 14, 2019. Lots of great scenery of lakes and meadows. Trail is difficult having many steep climbs and some very steep descents. Some snow at Mule and Burro passes, but easy to cross. There is a lot of water throughout the hike. Waterproof hiking boots is a must. There are mosquitoes: more in some areas than others, but not too bad overall. Bring repellent. Bensen Lake was our favorite camp spot. And swimming in the lakes after a days hike was very rejuvenating. water temp temperature was a nice 60 degrees. My GPS measured the full loop hike to be about 51 miles instead of 45 miles.

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!

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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!

hiking
9 months ago

This was a pretty hike. there are some trees I had to go over and under. The lake was so pretty. There was still snow on the surrounding mountains and a large patch on the trail. There was a small waterfall/stream going down the mountain into the lake. Some of the trail is shaded while other parts are not. You must cross the stream twice, but it wasnt too deep. THE DRIVE. The drive took longer than I expected. It was really rocky- not pebbly, but rather large rocks. Definitely worth the views!

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bugs
9 months ago

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10 months ago

Starting from Twin Lakes; this uphill climb is moderately pleasant until you reach the real uphill battle. its steep and very narrow, which leads to a very much appreciated waterfall before reaching the peak. It is shaded most of the way up, but watch out for poison ivy and oak. the hike down isnt so bad on the joints. Older kid friendly, busy trail. Great view.

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bugs
10 months ago

Hiked this trail July 21st. Easy hike to Barney Lake. No snow but the trail was overgrown and was too tight to really use trekking poles. was brushing up again a lot of brush through a section and ended up finding a tick on me. Not many places to camp but there are a few if you look around. The next day we hiked to peeler lake. there is a river crossing where we took off our shoes. after the river the trail starts to gain elevation. a few switchbacks, 2 more small river crossing and a few snow patches but not tough to get around. made it to the lake in 3hrs. we followed the trail to the backside of the lake and found a spot. The view of the lake made the hike well worth it. We planned to stay 2 nights but the mosquitoes were vicious so we left a day early. Hiked all the way back to twin lakes in 4hrs and only stopped once to fill up on water. the distance we tracked from peeler to twin lakes was 11.2 miles total. Will definitely plan on doing this hike again in the future.

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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bugs
10 months ago

Most difficult hike I have ever completed. In my mid 50's, the steep grades seemed to never end in combination with increase in altitude was grueling on me physically. Went with my younger boys who kept me motivated to get to Tamarack Lake. This was one of those hikes you will remember for a lifetime... so glad I pushed through the pain.

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