& Peeler Lakes Hike
|Trip Date: 06/24/2018
Distance: 17.8 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1200'
Group Size: 1
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
See video of hike GPX for this trip
|After parking at the marina near the western Twin Lake, look for these signs to get to the trailhead for the Barney Lake trail.|
ominous signs here warning not to continue past this point, but that is
for motor vehicles and this is the true start of the trail.
|Looking to the left along the start of the trail gives a couple glimpses of the mountains that eventually lead south to Matterhorn Peak (not visible from here.)|
|Not too far up the trail is the official entrance into the Hoover Wilderness area.|
|Less than a mile after starting the hike you will emerge from the aspen treed to be greeted by mountains all around as you head west.|
|On your left as you head toward Barney Lake you will have some good views of Little Slide Canyon, which makes more of an appearance as you get closer to the lake.|
up the switchbacks on the way to the first lake, there is a good view
into Little Slide Canyon and the pointed rock called the "Incredible
Hulk," a very popularrock climbing location within the wilderness.
|Some of the many flowers found along the way are these Columbine near a small water crossing.|
|The first look at Barney Lake when you reach it a little over 4 miles from the trailhead is just jaw-dropping. Getting there early provides the added benefit of the massive Crown Point peak in the far distance.|
up the western side of Barney Lake will thin out the crowds almost
immediately as the trail quickly becomes very steep.
|The junction sign is weathered and held together by twine, but head to the right for Peeler Lake. Heading to the left will take you across exposed granite on the way to Robinson and Crown Lakes as well as further on toward Duck Pass.|
|Though it was early in the season and the mosquitos were out in force on this day, the view of Peeler Lake is mesmerizing and worthy of some reflection time.|
|Another view of Peeler from a small campsite location on the east side of the lake. Continuing on the trail along the north shore will take you past the lake and into Northern Yosemite.|
|Lots of water on the trail back down from Peeler before hitting the switchbacks once again.|
|A look back down the original canyon that the trail starts up as you head to Barney Lake early on.|
|Once back in the aspen groves you know that the end of a long trail day is soon to arrive.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|