hiking, travel

There are TWO Barney Lakes!

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And I visited both last year. The first one I went to is near Bridgeport, CA and starts from the Twin Lakes area at the resort. You can part there for free during the day. The hike is about 8 miles round trip and has only about 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Because last winter was so snowy, the trail was a swamp when I did it. I was severely under prepared and got quite soggy. And with all that water came swarms of mosquitoes. The worst I’ve ever seen anywhere. I killed 7 with one swat of my hand on my leg.  So be sure wear plenty of clothes (not shorts) or lots of bug spray or both. Beyond this lake the trail winds its way up into the high sierras but it was much damaged due to numerous avalanches last season and I don’t know if its been repaired yet.

 

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adventure, hiking, hot springs, travel

A Cold Day on the Twin Lakes

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Its not often you can skate on a frozen lake in California! The conditions have to be just right! Super cold. No snow on the ice. Long enough for the ice to be solid. 2017 was there year. While we do really need the snow, this lack of it despight cold weather has allowed the lakes near Mammoth California to freeze, perfect for ice hockey, ice skating, or just walking over a frozen body of water. Twin Lakes, Ruby Lake, and Rock Creek Lake were great last I was up there in November 2017.

 

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