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Lake Sabrina to Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 194 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.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,535 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

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

10/10 recommend. Beautiful the entire way. The second lake is better than I expected. Good incline but very well maintained easy trail. No frozen rivers at this date 10/26/19. Took a dip it was freezing but warm out 6 miles minimum more like 7 if you want to walk around Blue

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rocky
1 month ago

Small amount of ice on trail prior to 10 am. Beautiful day, amazing views of Sabrina and Blue lakes. I would rate this trail on the high side of intermediate due to the rocky trail and the elevation gain.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

A gorgeous trail - beautiful views all around the entire way up. Starts with a gradual and easy incline and then mostly switchbacks all the way up to blue lake. The views are worth it and it is not too strenuous if you’re used to hiking. Some sketchy / icy crossings + some muddy/wet sections, but again, doable - just be cautious/careful! Parts of the path are rock stairs + some other rockier areas too. Overall this was a beautiful, rewarding hike and we would definitely do it again! Got to see some gorgeous Fall colors!!

hiking
1 month ago

I'm not in as good a shape as I used to be so this Trail was pretty strenuous for me. It took a total of about 4 hours up and back with many stops along the way for photography and lunch at Blue Lake at the top. The trail is easily marked and able to follow and right now the colors look to be at Peak for leaf viewing. There are two stream Crossings which extremely icy and treacherous. We ran into about 10 people total on the trail. We started it almost noon and got off the trail at about 4 pm. In the sun it was quite comfortable in the shade I got a bit chilly and we did bring hats and gloves. I was pretty surprised that there was almost zero Wildlife that we saw it except for a bird here or there. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!

hiking
1 month ago

Stream crossings icy (dangerous). Blue Lake was very nice but I found what I was looking for at Dingleberry Lake - still waters, serenity, beautiful mountains, fragrant pine, cool sunshine...couldn’t ask for more!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous trail in the autumn. Bright colors, Cristal springs and peaceful lakes.

hiking
2 months ago

Fall foliage is in full effect and stunning! At the beginning of the trail I passed a lot of people (families), but once you get to the 2 mile mark everyone clears out. The trail is quite rocky with short sections of mud from nearby falls and streams (all adds to the beauty). A lot of photogs out so bring your equipment! Once you get to Blue Lake, scramble along the edge to explore its inlets (there’s so many special spots to picnic). Plan on staying at Blue Lake for a while because it is exceptionally beautiful (I only saw 2 small groups people at the lake during my 2+ hours there on a busy Saturday 10/5/19). Made my way down at 3:45 and caught the golden hour along Sabrina lake.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails I've been on. Stunning fall foilage today. Moderate till the last hard uphill mile.

hiking
2 months ago

Breathtaking fall colors around the lake two days ago. Two of us in our party clocked the mileage at closer to 7. Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

The fall colors are Poppin! great hike :)

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muddy
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Camped at Sailor Lake. Short hike to Blue Lake. Nice lunch and a great afternoon of fishing.

Tons of shade, gradual incline, no bugs! Super beautiful day hike

backpacking
3 months ago

Very lovely area. Beautiful granite peaks all around and so much water and lakes abound. The hike is a bit tough because you gain so much elevation in such a short distance. The trail is very well marked and some incredible time and effort went into creating a lot of stairs... thank you to the trail maintainers and creators for that. It is worth the short jaunt beyond Blue Lake to see the Emerald Lake area too. There are lots of areas to set up camp and a nice granite "ramp" to dive in for swimming and if you are brave you can swim out to some submerged flat granite slabs that are just about a foot under the water.... No one I saw was brave enough with that cold water! Mosquitos were a slight problem but not too bad if you find a camping spot that has some exposure to the breeze.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful hike. We did it as a day hike. the fish were small but still fun to catch and release.

If you are planning on going past Blue Lake to Donkey, Dingleberry or Baboon, you cross the logs to pick up the trail. It took me 50 minutes to figure this out.

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bugs
3 months ago

Beautiful hike but the mosquitos were unbearable at Blue Lake. Had to cut the trip short and headed back down to Sabrina after one night at Blue.

Nice, but hard hike and didn’t make it to Blue Lake.

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bugs
4 months ago

The mosquitoes are tenacious. Bring DEET 100. Bring lots of water, I used about 3L on a partly cloudy day. Hike to Blue Lake is super worth it, make sure to look for the log crossing when crossing to Blue Lake. I found the part going to Donkey Lake unwhelming by comparison.

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Fantastic Hike! Many mosquitos - be prepared!! No longer necessary to wade through water as it is low enough to use rocks/logs at all crossings. Still a tiny bit of snow along the trail right before Blue Lake. Hike was fairly difficult (at 9000 foot altitude) - bring plenty of water. I used 4 liters up and back for day hike. Started about 6am so was in shade for all but final bit of return along Lake Sabrina. Not a fisherman but saw lots of fish in Blue Lake from shore. When you reach Blue Lake look for the logs for the crossing to stay on the trail along the North Shore and towards Donkey Lake.

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snow
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. There is an area where you have to wade through a very cold waterfall. Approx knee deep. Best to take off your boots.

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bugs
4 months ago

Did this one last weekend (7/20-21) and it was an awesome hike. There is one stream crossing that was best done in alt water shoes and one crossing right before Blue Lakes where some balancing across a makeshift collection of logs acts as a bridge. We camped at Blue overnight and it was a bit of a challenge due to the mosquitos. Beautiful views of the snow adorned peaks in the distance. That would be just about the only snow left at that time.

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful view .....still some snow

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scramble
snow
5 months ago

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