Lake Sabrina to Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Lake Sabrina to Blue Lake Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.0 miles
1650 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




fly fishing


nature trips

rock climbing


horseback riding





wild flowers




Turn west off Highway 395 in Bishop onto Highway 168 (signed for Lake Sabrina and South Lake). Drive 15.1 miles to the junction signed for South Lake, and continue straight for another 3.7 miles to a sign for the Sabrina Bais Trail, on the left.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Nice trail beautiful scenery. Rained a bit but just helped to keep the temp cool.

9 months ago

Passed on the way to Moonlight Lake. Awesome.

9 months ago

11 months ago

The trail parallels Lake Sabrina at the beginning and offers some nice views of the valley as you wind up towards Blue Luke. The granite stairs presented a challenge for the Scouts - they look like something out of Lord of the Rings! The trail becomes a little difficult to follow as you near Blue Lake but you are rewarded with one of those trademark High Sierra landscapes of high granite peaks surrounding a beautiful lake. We hiked back down in a storm - the rocks are slippery when wet.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I ended up doing this trail with a group and was a bit nervous on how they would handle it. They did such a great job! We ended up going out when it was a bit colder so a lot of the people had trouble but we all made it. We did lose the trail once because it was a bit washed off but we found it and the best part was arriving to the lake after a lot of uphill work. Blue Lake was beautiful!

Monday, September 07, 2015

The hike around Lake Sabrina was nice and Blue Lake was so beautiful after the switchbacks (it's nice that they're in the shade also). We didn't fish, but saw lots of people doing so and even a group that was taking a dip in the chilly water! We hiked all the way to Mt. Haeckel during a 3 day trip. It gets even more gorgeous as you continue past Blue Lake.

I would be wary, especially if you have small children, that horses are allowed on the trail which makes it annoying having to navigate the manure in addition to the trail itself. It's really too bad because there are pockets of sweet smelling flowers along the trail (lavender?) and the horsey poo would overpower it.
At some points the crap would cover most of the trail forcing us to make the difficult choice to step off the trail, or step right into it. It would be nice ask horse owners to pick up after their animals.

Other than the dung, it was a nice trail!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This is not an easy trail of you have a pack on. The last 2 miles are all switchbacks and steep. It's absolutely gorgeous start to finish. The views are awesome.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Wonderful hike! Went on a not-too-hot day, and it was lovely. The map at the trail head wasn't super clear the first time I checked it. This hike starts near the dam at Sabrina Lake, swings around the south end, and up to the west. I recommend it!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beautiful views!

Monday, December 01, 2014

We spent night one in Bishop Hostel, I'm not usually a hostel type of guy now that i'm 33 but this place is more of a bed and breakfast feel. Awesome kitchen with a great collection of glasses, steins etc. victorian house / furniture etc.. we drank heavily and promptly hit the trail head the next morning with a quick stop in aspen dell to check out he aspens. the trail head which starts at lake sabrina is on the east side of the damn... note you have to park about 1/4 to 1/2 mile down the road from the main day use parking.. this was kind of a bummer.. the first 2-3 miles is along the lake which is pretty but you begin to tire of this mostly sandy trail with not much tree cover it was pretty hot in oct however it snowed the very next weekend after our trip.. at the SE side of the lake you will pass a water fall and begin your hike up to blue lake.. the trees and views of surrounding mountains are great. OF note is the Red peaks not very common in the eastern sierras which i really liked.. once at blue lake you are 6-7 miles in and about 1500 feet higher than u started .. we were defiantly ready for a break due to being hung over from last nights pub crawl through bishop. we were the only one at this lake and camped on the west side , a waterfall could be heard on the south side but we never made it over to check it out.. the next morning we got up and made our way to hungry packer lake , we attempted to find moonlight falls at moonlight lake but it appeared they were dry this time of year so we settled in for night 3 at the north side of the lake which was great.. a big water fall on the west side was visible and you could hear it but we never made it over to that side, which i regret... the next morning we left at 9am and were back to bishop eating burgers by 2... i'd give this hike 3 out of 5 stars, i probably won't do it again but will defianately be back to bishop and possibly aspen dell. the reason for this is i've had better experiences at kearsarge pass and my favorite big pine lakes..

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014