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.

took my 3 year old

hiking
24 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.

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).

walking
3 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.

hiking
4 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!

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

walking
5 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.

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:)

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.

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nice loop. Walk along river 1st then up along road ro meet lovely trail through oak & Pine open forest back to road.

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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