Back to index Crown Point Loop Hike (Day 3)
Trip Date:  07/10/2021

: 88.2 Miles

Vertical Gain: -1500'

Group Size: 5
Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard   Strenuous
Crown Point Day 3
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Crown Point Day 3
Start Coordinates:   N/A - This is a continuation from Day 2     End Coordinates:   N/A

Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   N/A
Hazards of Note:   A backcountry wilderness pass is required for overnight camping in the Hoover Wilderness, as is a bear cannister for food storage.   Crowd Factor:   Moderate then High.  The trail section from Peeler Lake down to Barney Lake is relatively quiet, but the section from Barney Lake back to Twin Lakes is heavily visited.
General Notes:
From the PeelerLake camping area you will head along the north side of the lake on a trail carved out of the rock right along the edge of the water.  After about a mile and a half you will reach the junction of the trail from two days previous, when we headed first to Crown Lake.   At the junction you will head back down toward Barney Lake, along the steep switchback section that was so much fun to traverse with heavier packs 2 days prior.   When you reach Barney Lake, especially as we did on a weekend day headed down we ran into group after group of day hikers headed up to Barney for an 8 mile out and back with a pretty spectacular payoff view at the turnaround point.   The last 2 miles especially feel like forever, as you have mostly dropped all the elevation, and are just heading back through the canyon toward Twin Lakes ready to drop the pack and finish up the trip.

Some beautiful reflections in the morning of Crown Point beyond Peeler Lake. Peeler morning
Mark lining up the perfect shot early in the morning of our last day on the trail.
Mark taking pictures 
The morning was still and quiet and the sunrise was memorable. More sunrise
The rockwork along this trail was impressive. Skirting the lake 
We couldn't help but keep stopping to admire the lake views. Views 
Looking back west where we came into the lake from, the mountains beyond are in Yosemite. Looking back toward Yosemite beyond 
A lot of work has been put into this trail, including this section right along the edge of the water.
The switchbacks seemed so much easier in this direction. Back we go
Cirque mountain towered above us on the left as we made our way back toward Barney Lake. Cirque Mountain 
Some of our group heading down toward Barney Lake, just below us to the left.
Coming to Barney
Almost back, so it felt, even though we still had a couple of miles to go. Almost back 
It was an awesome trip and we all had a memorable adventure. Our group 
GPS Track of the day's hike, starting at Peeler Lake in the lower left and heading back to Twin Lakes in the upper right. GPS Track of Hike