Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

hiking
20 days ago

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.

I have been on this trail numerous times and it never gets old. So much to see!!

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

off road driving
4 months ago

A very scenic alternative to US-395 through the Walker River canyon with a number of forest service roads diverting off to other explorable areas. The southern portion is a gentle, flat, and amply wide dirt surface with rolling hills that do more rocking as you proceed north. You'll enjoy the descent into the canyon in the middle of the route, provided that the narrow road that slopes toward the cliff is not enhanced by snowfall. The ascent up the north side of the canyon is a decent incline and quite rocky, although 2WD would suit nearly every day of the week.
The only clearance issues on this route would be the occasional basketball size rocks that have fallen to the road from up the slope, but they are an easy fix.
The northern portion as it heads into the town of Walker enjoys a high perch above the river and views of the tiny 395 highway below. I wouldn't call this route "the" adventure but it can get you closer. Recommend the route east from this road to Boulder Flats.

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
5 months ago

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:)

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.

The aspens are in peak right now and this is an exceptional year for color. Don't let the distance stop you. This hike is relatively flat except the last mile which is gradual switchback.

hiking
8 months ago

nice falls while you hoke up the trail.

the hike is mostly in full sun but Barney lake is worth it

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

backpacking
10 months ago

The view at Barney Lake is well worth the trip. Beautiful hike along the trail too

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.

Amazing off road drive at 9200' elevation. No one around but you and your friends and family. We did not see a single soul for 2 hours. Beautiful untouched scenery. It's an easy 4x4 drive. Only a couple small creeks that were not very deep to cross. No snow on the trail but there was some up a little higher in elevation. Totally worth the drive!!!

11 months ago

Hi Jimmy / Stephanie, I am thinking of backpacking this weekend into Barney Lake and then onwards to Peeler Lake, if you can share the trail condition, that'll be much appreciated, is it covered in snow, wet, or ?

Thanks in advance.
Bob

11 months ago

7-5-17- I hiked the Emma Lake Trail yesterday and it was beautiful as always. I have hiked this trail a few times in years past and it has always been memorable to say the least. Sometimes the road to the trail head is pretty rocky due to glacial moraine so some vehicles may have a bit of trouble without the clearance. We have previously made it with various types of vehicles. However, after the rocky area the last part of the road gets better. The trailhead is marked and has a parking area. After the first part of the trail as you crest the first ridge into the meadow the trail is covered by snow and we had to slightly detour up along the left edge of the snowpack. Also because the surrounding Bridgeport area got a lot of snow, the creek that comes from Emma Lake and runs into Poison Creek floods the meadow where the trail runs so instead we kept left along the tree line and the bottom of the hill and slowly cut right through the trees staying on the left side of the creek. Additionally, a small avalanche downed some trees across the trail after the meadow and the trail is not visible any longer. As you continue soon after that you will run into the same creek again but due to massive amounts of snow and run off ; the creek (at this time) is not passable and the trail is covered in snow. Instead of taking the trail this year, we stayed left of the creek and walked straight up the hill which is a mix between scree (loose rock) and snow. If you hike straight up from the left side of the creek and pass the next two crests you will find yourself on the left side of Emma lake. I'm not sure how the original trail looks but the trail might permanently be changed. The alternate route we had to take actually might even be easier than the steep rocky slope that the original last 3rd of the trail consisted of.

Super fun trail definitely recommend not crazy at all we're a few detours I had to take due to heavy snow still on trail but there are detours.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this trail every summer for 20 years! Ever since before I was born my family has been camping at Annett's Mono Village! My favorite spot in the world and this trail is always a great family day hike!

fishing
11 months ago

Stumbled upon this beauty while fishing the Upper and Lower Twins for the first time in my float tube. Wow, I followed the switchbacks for one or two turns and then followed what I hear being called a water fall, but right now it is a raging torrent down the side of the mountain (Sorry US Forest Service). I got back on the trail and made it to the meadow at the top, which reminded me a lot of day hiking in Tuolumne Meadows. Pretty steep grade going up, but relatively easy enough for most. Beautiful wildflowers, didn't see another soul, human or animal big enough to be concerned with. Did see some trout up high where the water was moving much slower. Still time to see the snow melt. I would take people there to show them God's work. Amen

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Great trail. Lots of snow about the last half mile from the lake. Still very cold at night.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Great Hike. Lots of streams to navigate due to snow melt. The meadow portions of the trail were very soggy, and good amount of snow at the end of the trail... Any tennis shoe wearers had wet feet. Slight incline the majority of the way, then lots of switchbacks through large hillside thicket all the way up to the lake. Barney was still half frozen on Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Not a large shore area since the lake is so full, but we were able to find some fallen trees to relax on and enjoy the view.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

This is a great trail! Nice gradual climb, not too strenuous and beautiful scenery. A good portion of the hike was very wet so I recommend some waterproof shoes. I forgot my gortex hiking shoes and was fine doing it in Nike Frees but my feet were soaked for most of the hike.

hiking
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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

So unique and awesome! No service and a long drive on a dirt road getting in, but really cool. Restrooms, water and small gift shop at site. Gotta check it out!!!

backpacking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This is my favorite hike in the Bridgeport area. Did it three times last year and plan on doing it again here in a few weeks.
It isn't too hard for a beginner at a mere 9ish miles roundtrip. The trailhead can be found at the end of the Mono Village Campground and the trail is mostly flat with the exception of the switchbacks towards the end.
The lake itself is beautiful. Facing Crown Peak, walk towards the left along the beach to find nice & quite hang out spots where you can relax and take in the scenery.
I highly recommend this hike to anybody. You should give it a go if you haven't already.

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