Robinson Creek Trail to Barney Lake

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Trail Distance: 7.8 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: $10
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

When you and Fido travel to the Yosemite National Park to explore some of the pretty hikes and views in the area, you'll still be delighted to find the Robinson Creek Trail. The trail itself is the most popular in Bridgeport and provides views of all the colors of the area, from yellow and red clay stained shores of the creek, to white jagged granite rocks along the route. Colorful, quiet, and scenic! How can you and Fido say no?

The trail starts at Annett's Mono Village, a historic resort along the shores of Twin Lakes. The resort hosts the entrance of the trail, along with restrooms, spacious parking, water fountains, picnic tables, clean-up stations, and trash bins. The entrance of the trail is surrounded by subalpine forests to the north, with open grasslands to the south that follow Robinson Creek. The creek itself has cut through a long valley, giving the hiker lots of views of snowy and green peaks of the mountains in the area.

Areas along the trail are open to the sun, with plenty of light, while other parts are completed covered with shade to spare. Both you and Fido will enjoy an easy incline that only gets steep at the halfway point for a .8-mile stretch, with a path that that zig zags past large granite boulders. Thanks to its constant following of Robinson Creek, you and your pup can stop by the water, dip your feet in to cool off or fish. After relaxing in the shade or water, once you're past that last steep part of the trail you'll come across Barney Lake

The path along the lake begins to head upward again until it follows along a tall ridge that overlooks the lake. Once you're past this, the trail begins to loop back up north to head back to the resort. The trail remains gradual the way back and brings out even more gorgeous views of the mountains and open fields that surround the path. You won't see as much color anywhere else in the entire forest, and will need to come back again and again to soak it all in.

Trail Features
Ice, Loose Terrain, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Beach, Forest, Mountains, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Bears and mountain cats live in this forest, so be aware. This trail is open in winter and spring, but avalanche conditions can make it dangerous, so watch out for alerts.
Address
13425 Twin Lakes Rd.
Bridgeport, CA 93517
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Address
13425 Twin Lakes Rd.
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset