Explore the most popular kid 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.

Beautiful hike even with the Smokey skies. Passed maybe 20 people - but had the Lake to ourselves when we arrived. Great hike with my 12yr old son in 4.5 hours at a nice, steady pace.

Moderate hike with a beautiful view of the lake!! Don’t forget your camera!!

It was good hike, but not easy for a beginner and its more like 3.1 miles not the 2.5 listed. This is not a hike for kids under 10, took my 3yr old and 7 yr old and it was rough for them. A large part of the trail has overgrown vegetation. If i have known of all of the elevation changes and narrow paths, I would not have gone to this trail with them.

1 month ago

Fairly easy and short hike up to a great little lake. The hike itself offers some amazing views and once you reach the lake it's just as pretty. The first time I did this hike there was still a lot of snow in some areas, this time the wildflowers were amazing. You could easily do this short hike in an hour or so but it took us a while longer stopping for all the great photo opportunities.

took my 3 year old

2 months 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.

Great trail. Took the whole family including my 4yr old. Go to the right if you want to knock out the hills early or left if you want to do the hills at the end.

Gorgeous. We recorded 3.5 miles on this trail.

Nice trail, great views of river, wild flowers beginning to bloom. Take the left entrance to the trail across from the State Parks kiosk. Once you get to the lake, if you continue on the loop, you’ll follow the road up a significantly steep grade, then down some switchbacks to the kiosk. Nice lunch spot at the lake. The meadows at the top of the road were worth the steep climb up the road. All in all a great little hike.

nice trail.. less people than trail by the parking lot..but i would chose the otger trail..butter. than this one just for the views.. but from here you do great view of the old covered bridge..

Great hike. Loved the three different "climates". Especially liked the covered bridge & oak grove. Dogs did good. Parking lot was full when we left around noon. Glad we got there early (10am).

5 months ago

Confusing hike from the parking lot. Found some people naked in the hot spring when we found it. We did see a cool water groove. Not sure the scientific term. Will put photo.

5 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
6 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!

A beautiful trail, if you go Left to start it’s an easy grade, but if you go right there’s a pretty aggressive climb bordering on moderate difficulty

nice trail veiws were good the trail by the lake reminded me think of hobbits every rock and tree covered in moss

6 months ago

Beautiful quick morning walk today. Agree with the other folks that starting L along the river is the best way to go. It's.nore like easy+. Hills and rocks.

7 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:)

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.

10 months ago

To characterize this route as a "hiking trail" would be a misnomer. While we opted to travel this road on foot, it should be well stated that it is not pedestrian friendly. It is an access road to the hot springs, plainly put. Heavy vehicle traffic the entire way. Reaching the top of the road lends some scenic views of the Sierras, but it's getting there in one piece that proves the most challenging.

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

11 months ago

Great little hike. Beautiful views of Lake Engelbright and the canyon. There is a nice sandy beach at Defiance Point.

11 months ago

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Not a lot of scenery at the start of the trail however it is very nice as you approach the river and lake may be difficult for dogs since it is rockyin parts

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Easy and very beautiful trail. It is a pity that there is not enough funding to restore the covered bridge.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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

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