Barney Lake

#25 of 221 trails in Toiyabe National Forest
Aspen groves and distant snow-capped peaks.

12.45 miles Out & Back 1173 feet
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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.

Shassity murphy

20 Completed18 Reviews

Was a beautiful hike. Took my 6 year old and 11 year old. The trail has an excellent grade. We didnt see many people. Once we got to the lake we got to see a beaver swimming around. Had lunch at the lake and hiked in about another mile and a half to s beautiful waterfall. the views a
of the peaks was breathtaking.


1 Completed1 Reviews

The perfect hike and a beautiful lake. Some much to see on this hike… chugged a shared liter of beer and headed back. Got a "high-five" from my girlfriend for this idea. Enjoy!

John Theis

15 Completed3 Reviews

Great Hike with some incredible views! This hike is relatively easy - for those of us "in-shape" 9 yr old daughter did it and we only had to stop 2 times. A good portion of this climb is shaded. The beach at Barney Lake is wonderful and the view of lake is stunning! Fishing was bad, as well as the mosquitoes. Thank GOD for other hikers that gave us some of the Deet oil, which kept the mosquitoes away.
Note: the last mile is mostly a "single-track" trail so, hit the hike early in the day and you won't encounter as many hikers.

Larry Tran

2 Completed2 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!

Dee Davis

1 Completed1 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!

Boom King

44 Completed47 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.

Wendy Hesse

35 Completed20 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!

Davy J.

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

Bryan Long

5 Completed4 Reviews

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

Robert Cabral

4 Completed1 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.