The first two miles of the trail up to the Wilderness Boundary are mostly level passing through tall Jeffrey pines, aspen groves and open sagebrush fields. Just beyond the Wilderness Boundary, the trail begins to ascend up a relatively steep set of switchbacks followed by a series of stream crossings that provide a moderate degree of challenge during the high water period of spring run-off.
Barney Lake, a popular day hike destination in a beautiful alpine setting offers the first views of the grandeur of the Hoover Wilderness at four miles in from the trailhead. The Robinson Creek Trail serves as the travel corridor for the highly scenic ever popular Hoover Wilderness Area and leads to the deep northern Yosemite Wilderness.
The Hoover and the Yosemite Wilderness Areas adjoin at three places on the trail, one being just beyond Peeler Lake at Kerrick Meadows, another being just beyond Snow Lake at Rock Island Pass, and the other being just beyond an unnamed lake at Mule Pass. All three junctions lie near the high crest of the Eastern Sierra at altitudes approximating 10,000 feet in elevation.
A series of very beautiful high alpine lakes in various and exotic shades of color await the adventurous wilderness traveler who has the ability, time and equipment to hike steeply ascending mountain grades and challenging switchbacks. The more popular and most accessible of the lakes include Peeler, Emerald, upper and lower Robinson, Crown and Snow. Small populations of Rainbow, Brook, and Golden Trout reside in most of the lakes and streams.
Secluded camping areas are to be found in the forested areas and clearings adjacent to and off the trail. The mountains themselves are grand, imposing sheets and boulders of gray Sierra granite, the end result of the geologic processes of metamorphism, uplift, and glaciation. The forests are equally impressive comprised of Jeffrey pine, quaking aspen, western juniper, lodgepole pine, western white pine, mountain hemlock , red and white fir, limber and whitebark pine. Principal wildlife sightings include deer, chipmunks, birds and the occasional black bear.
This is one of the busiest trails during the summer. Campfires are prohibited with 1/4 mile of Barney Lake.
Directions: From Bridgeport, Follow the Twin Lakes Road until it ends at the Mono Village Resort. Parking is available at the far end of the resort area at no charge for day use, with a $5 fee for overnight parking.
Elevation: 10,000 feet
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