Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

24 days ago

Great trail, but the mileage listed on All Trails is off. From the Barney Lake trailhead near upper Twin Lakes to Peeler Lake is about 10 miles one way, and from the far end of Barney Lake to the first meet up of Peeler Lake is closer to 5 miles which are all mostly steep switchbacks.

If you’re backpacking and not acclimated to the altitude, recommend setting up camp for a night around Barney then heading out to Peeler. Elevation at Peeler is ~9,800 -10,000+.

Lots of great water spots and you can tell the trail and camp spots are respected. No trash, and no fires. Great hike full of eastern Sierra beauty.

Amazing hike, lake view is a gem
We spent 2h to the trail end (do not stop at the lake, make it till the end, the view is fascinating)
And a bit more than an 1h to the way down as we didn’t have enough time and had to rush
I would say It is a 3 part hike, forest, open space (bring hat), elevation, the last one for sure is the difficult one, but is very manageable
4h of good pace would be the time to get to the lake, chill and enjoy, and get back

hiking
29 days ago

Awesome hike. A lot of different sceneries- all beautiful. Definitely bring a hiking pole, you will need it towards the very end (the lake) when you’re jumping from rock to rock. Short legged dogs might have trouble with this part of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike. The mid section was in full sun & it got a bit hot, especially for our dog but it was 100% worth it when you got to the lake. Absolutely stunning!
We hiked on a holiday weekend so I was worried the trail would be packed but once you got past the hustle at Mono Village the trail was relatively people free. (The people we did meet were extremely friendly.)

amazing trail

fishing
1 month ago

This is a beautiful lake with great views both going up and coming back down. The trail is short but a bit steep at the end but the reward is worth the effort.
Would give 5-stars but the rough road in is just that, rough...a high clearance vehicle is suggested.
The lake is full of fiesty, colorful brookies that easily took to my flies.

This a great little hike. It is steep and challenging but not technical. I hiked it for an overnight trip with a seven and four year old but any further would have been too much for them.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail for the family. If going out & back in the same day, go early as the pastures have very little shade and it’s gets hot in the afternoon.

Fairly easy, pretty hike.

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!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with some changing landscapes. A couple of snowfields even in September. Beautiful vistas from the lakes.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
4 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.

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

walking
7 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
7 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.

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
9 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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

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.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

excellent hike. beautiful fall colors and peeler lake is gorgeous! bring your fishing pole! steep from barney to peeler but mainly flat from twin to barney

hiking
Friday, September 22, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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

backpacking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

backpacking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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.

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great backpacking sites at Crown lake. This trail is very underrated in comparison to trails in Yosemite. Wonderful hike and backpacking trip

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

backpacking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

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.

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