Twin Lakes Trip - hike one to Barney Lake
posted in September, 2019
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Our first walk was to Barney Lake. The trail begins at the northern end of Twin Lakes, where Annette's Mono Village cabins and RV park are located. This walk had immediately impressive scenery. It was an 8 mile round trip walk with 1,500 feet of elevation gain up to Barney Lake at 8,300 ft.
The handout states that this is "A leisurely and lengthy walk through woods and flower-blessed meadows." At abut 1.25 miles the trail 'emerges at a broad valley whose floor is a meadow, a beautiful amphitheatre of peaks, including Robinson, Victoria, and Hunewell peaks.' (a stitched-together paraphrase)
note: you can zoom in on any part of a photo by left clicking in & then out again. (all photos are shown in the order taken)
|scenery above the heads||hikers leaving Annette's||meadow||local peaks|
|into the wilderness||Eastern Sierra coloration|
|great scenery to behold||backpackers walking through|
|buckwheat||from whence we came||'late season' Paintbrush, a term which..||..applies to all of the flower images|
Barney Lake gets the "lunch spot of the year" award.
|first look||Barney Lake||only a tiny patch of snow left|
|Patrick & Elise||Julie and Rick|
The walk back downhill to Twin Lakes...
During lunch at the lake I overheard Rich & Jean saying they had seen various types of berries on the way up, which I hadn't noticed at all. That was a fortunate photo-tip.
|Jean and Linda||in good scenery||exposed rabbit brush||never a day off...and no pension...|
|some kind of attractive berry||Paintbrush interiors||another attractive plant, see note||heading back to Twin Lakes|
|the trail became a little creek||Elderberries||apple-like fall fruit|
|Rich and Linda||words in old Alders|
|wild rose hips||natural arrangement||nearly back|
|meadow near resort again|
note - I don't know what this plant is with prolific and interesting whitish berries, but note how attractive the foliage is, as well as the red stems.
Later in the day, after the hike, we assembled at the cabin where Rich, Linda, and Jean were staying, and we had appetizers and then 12 of us went into Bridgeport for a 5:30 pm dinner at the Three-95 Mexican restaurant, with really good service & food.
We were back at the cabins & other overnight places at dusk...not a bad first day out.
Twin Lakes Trip - hike two to Green Lake
Twin Lakes Trip - hike three to Mine Creek and Lakes
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