Barney Lake

#26 of 221 trails in Toiyabe National Forest

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Aspen groves and distant snow-capped peaks.

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.

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.

Bridgeport Ranger District, (760) 932-7070



2 Completed 2 Reviews

done this hike a few times. pretty easy hike. the first 3 miles are easy but the last mile to the lake is a bit harder. beautiful sceneries through the aspen forest and robinson creek. mid june to mid july mosquitoes are really bad. they will bite through your clothing. we were there last day of 06/2014 and probably got stung hundreds of times even with bug spray. fishing was great. powerbait and salmon egg didn't do too well. caught 2. live worms and kastmaster lure did really well. seem like every cast i was able to hook one. we camped about 1.5 miles up from the lake and did a day hike to robinson lake, crown lake, and snow lake for some more fishing. all lakes and stream were great for fishing. caught 10 within 5 minutes at snow lake. again, mosquitoes were really bad. confirmed with a couple of rangers that by mid july, the mosquitoes all of the sudden, GONE. funny thing was, when we cross over to Yosemite, there were no mosquitoes at all. weird!



1 Completed 1 Reviews

Just hiked from mono village to Barney lake, camped 1.2 miles north of the lake. Moderate hike uphill, 5.7 miles to our site. Gorgeous nature views, highest temperature 84, nights warm
Stayed 2 nights, hiked to peeler lake and Yosemite border. Bad thing is, millions of mosquitos!



33 Completed 36 Reviews

Great day hike or run through a spectacular east side canyon to a beautiful peaceful lake. An excellent choice from there is to continue uphill to lakes at the border of the Hoover wilderness and Yosemite for an overnight trip.



26 Completed 18 Reviews

The trail head is accessed in the horrible Annett's Twin Lakes RV campground. Walk to the rear along the campground road on the north edge of the meadow. You quickly leave the busy, noisy campground and are soon on a lovely wooded trail near Robinson Creek. There are open sections, parts through aspen groves, small stream crossings, dramatic craggy mountains, ancient slides, and a lake to cool your toes in. Enjoy!



21 Completed 5 Reviews

Loved this hike. Beautiful views and you quickly feel like you've disappeared into the deep Sierra. Not great fishing at the lake.



5 Completed 4 Reviews

I have done this hike many many times I love it .



4 Completed 1 Reviews

Just did this trail. 8-1-12. Hike was great. All uphill on the way. Beautiful scenery. Lake was nice and refreshing. Took 4 hours. I would say its a moderate hike.