Twin Lakes Trip - hike one to Barney Lake
posted in September, 2019
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Our first walk was to Barney Lake, started at our cabins. The trail begins at the northern end of Twin Lakes, where Annette's Mono Village cabins and RV park are located (and where we've stayed before).
This walk had immediately impressive scenery.
The handout Rich had 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|
Barney Lake gets my "lunch spot of the year" award....not that there is an 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.
It was an 8 mile round trip walk with about 1,500 feet of elevation gain to Barney Lake at 8,300 ft.
Later in the day we assembled at the cabin where Rich, Linda, and Jean were staying, with a large outdoor deck, and had appetizers. Around 5 pm 12 of us drove into Bridgeport for dinner at the Three-95 Mexican restaurant, which had good service & food.
We were back at the cabins & our 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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