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