Lake Sabrina to Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 23 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




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.

8 hours ago

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

26 days ago

26 days 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

1 month 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.

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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!

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.

2 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.

10 months ago

11 months ago

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Passed on the way to Moonlight Lake. Awesome.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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!