Lake Sabrina to Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews
#15 of 118 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1650 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

From the Sabrina Basin trailhead, follow the trail around the south shore of Lake Sabrina. Take notice of the wildflowers and spectacular view of the Sierra crest. As the trail reaches the back of the lake, it ascends up a large draw. The lower portions of the trail are exposed to the sun so this is a good early morning hike. Take note of the waterfall above the back of Lake Sabrina. Once the trail moves south, into the draw, the switchbacks begin. The trail from this point, all the way to Blue Lake consists of short sections of straight trail sandwiched between repetitive series of switchbacks. Much of these switchbacks are forested but those that are not provide an excellent vista looking back toward Lake Sabrina. While this is a good uphill hump, the view is what will take your breath away. The scenery is spectacular. The trail winds up into the forest and flattens out as the trail approaches the lake. Blue Lake is located at about 10,400 ft. and is very scenic. There are excellent picnic areas at the outlet of the lake and along the back of the lake toward the inlet. Don’t stop where you first see the lake. The best spots are further up the tail. Take some photos, eat some lunch, fish a little, and then retrace your steps back to the Sabrina Basin Trailhead. http://parchersresort.net/bluelake.htm

21 days ago

this is one of my favorite day hikes it's just absolutely gorgeous there and such a rewarding hike

hiking
27 days ago

The trail starts off at a slight incline and then you'll pass through a section of aspen trees mixed with boulders which makes the landscape look absolutely beautiful! I hiked this trail in the beginning of October and the golden aspens mixed with the gray boulders was breathtaking. You'll pass by 2 waterfalls and then the switchbacks to get over the ridge. Let me tell you, after all those switchbacks, the views of blue lake blew my mind! Absolutely worth it. My intention was to do this as a day hike, but really, I should have spent a few nights here. Well, there's always a next time.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Best short hike I've done in a long time! The scenery is amazing

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The water crossings were manageable, and the mosquitoes were out in force in the lower portions as well as some of the upper forested portions where patches of snow were present. Found a nice place for a picnic on a granite ledge overlooking Sabrina. The views are incredible. The one mistake we made was doing this hike the same day we drove up from OC... the altitude and our road fatigue definitely made it more challenging, but not in a good way. Overall a great trail and the sight of Blue Lake was a nice reward. Will do it again

backpacking
4 months ago

I have hiked this trail 4 times over the years. Just finished it yesterday. Watch the crossings, passable but do it early. Bring your mosquito net and plenty of deet. Very scenic and moderate hike with a backpack.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Hiked here 4th of July weekend, brought my 8 year old son on the hike and he had a blast. There is still a good amount of Snow on the trail past 9500ft. There is 1 decent water crossing and if you want to see the back half of the lake you have to cross some logs to get over the drainage. Overall great Trail!

4 months ago

A beautiful hike. I went the week after father's day and there was still snow up high which made finding the trail near the top a bit more difficult, but we made it without too much trouble- having been there before helped). Water levels- due to a week of 100 degree temps-were pretty high crossing a stream in one area. Doable but be really careful.

5 months ago

Hiked Memorial Day weekend from Sabrina Lake parking lot. About 60-70% of trail was snowed in..trail was difficult to find at times. Took us 3 hours up to Blue Lake which was incredible and almost entirely frozen, some parts of trail were a little sketch with snow pack (crossing waterfall, snow metal on rocks, steep downhill bowl sections)..nice flat rocks for resting up near Blue Lake. Saw and got bites off a couple trout in blue Lake but very limited with ice. Totally worth the hike, in summer would be an incredible moderate hike but with snow I'd call it difficult for average person. 1.5 hours back due to downhill. Saw black bear sign, bald eagle, and mountain lion crossing road on the way down 168 into bishop! Would totally do this hike again.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 03, 2016

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

camping
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Passed on the way to Moonlight Lake. Awesome.

Saturday, August 06, 2016