Summary: This is a nice hike that takes you from the bustling "city" of the Mono Village Resort to semi-solitude in roughly four easy miles. There is a small stream to cross early in the hike, but nothing that can't usually be jumped across. Half way to the lake you will pass through some Aspen groves just outside the Hoover Wilderness. The final climb to the lake can seem tedius, but the rewards are well worth effort. Be sure to bring the camera and plenty of film!
For more details and photos of my backpacking trip there visit my website The Backcountry: Barney Lake.
Trailhead: From the town of Bridgeport on Highway 395, head west on Twin Lakes Road to the entrance of Mono Village. The trailhead can be somewhat difficult to find with all of the RV's and dirt roads in Mono Village. There are signs throughout the resort pointing to the trail to Barney Lake which officially starts at the end of a half mile dirt road. (Lat:38.14044 Lon:-119.43808)
Trail Guides for Barney Lake:
Yosemite National Park
by Jeffrey P. Schaffer (Wilderness Press)
by Tom Stienstra & Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Bridgeport Ranger District, (760) 932-7070
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Mike Matenkosky, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Rick on 10/6/2012
I first hiked this trail in 1979! Just hiked it again today for about the 20th time. It is a gorgeous hike and a wonderful entrance into the back country. It is beautiful this time of year, with the Aspens changing color. I think fall is my favorite season to take the trail, and I would recommend it to anyone!
Reviewed by GM on 9/22/2011
Nice day hike...halfway up- spotted a bald eagle soaring...great view back to the upper twin lake...nice fly fishing at barney...
Reviewed by Peggie on 6/12/2011
I've hiked the Barney Lake/Robinson Creek loops and around through Peeler for many years...The trail to Barney is a fantastic way to see the very real difference between the lower elevation Sierras and higher...I thought the trail was more like 6 miles roundtrip from the starting point past the Aspens - but they say 8...Hm. Anyway, easy trail, can be slippery coming down...I'll continue hike it as long as I can because the scenery is breathtaking and it is indeed, a hidden jewel of a day hike on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas. If you care to take the strenuous climb above Barney, Robinson Creek is something to behold and further to Crown Point, down Kerrick Meadows to Snow Lake and Rock Island...the latter a most ethereal place.
Reviewed by Mark on 10/5/2010
I've been hiking to Barney every year for eight years and plan to be there next year!.The changes in scenery and terrain are fantastic and the views and tranquility at Barney Lake itself make it well worth the effort.
Reviewed by CAV on 9/23/2010
Did this hike with three freinds this august(2010). great weather for the hike. It took about an hour and a half. we fished with kastmaters and caught a total of eight brook trout and 3 golden trout from about 4-6pm. released all of course. would definitly do it again, next time hike further. amazing sunset over the sawtooth ridges. DO IT!
Reviewed by April on 7/25/2010
My two friends and I ran up and back in an hour and 45 minutes to train for another run. It was awesome, and one of the favorites of locals in Bridgeport. A great view and beautiful wildflowers today!
Reviewed by John on 3/6/2010
I hiked this trail and spent the night in 1969 with my father. The only hiking we ever did. Thank you for the wonderful memories dad, they will last forever.
Reviewed by MJ on 1/26/2010
This was our 2nd trip up to Barney Lake 1st time was awesome but the 2nd time was disappointing. The hike there is great but when we got there we were attacked by mesquites it was real bad. The fishing was real good. We were there July 19th 2009. Note*check with the kiosk before taking the hike.
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