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Lake Sabrina leads to several trails that reveal a series of alpine lakes in glacial basins and several 13,000-foot peaks along the way. High in the Sierra Nevadas not far from Bishop, California, hikers can embark on strenuous day hikes or multi-day backpacking adventures from the trailhead at Lake Sabrina. No matter which way you go, you’ll be immersed in beautiful Southeastern California Sierra wilderness, at times surrounded by pine forest, others looking straight up at the 13,000-foot peaks of Mount Darwin and Mount Powell, and eventually looking down on the alpine lakes while standing above the tree line. For those who choose to make their trip an overnight trip (which we highly recommend), find an area with an open patch of sky as the stars on a clear night are unrivaled, as is awaking to the sunrise over the Eastern Sierra.

What Makes It Great

The scenery is remarkable, and the trails are well-maintained and easy-to-navigate. The hikes around Lake Sabrina lead to panoramas of the many nearby lakes and the granite cliffs and peaks that rise throughout the glacial valley. As you climb steep switchbacks, you’ll find yourself revived by the beauty at every turn, be it another 13,000-foot mountain top or another glistening blue lake below. Flora and fauna are abundant, and in the early summer, the wildflower displays add immense color all along the hike, covering mountainsides and meadows.

While the trails are popular, it’s still possible to find solitude along your hikes. Gaining 1,350 feet over the course of the trek, the 6.2-mile Blue Lake Trail is moderate-to-strenuous, but is a round-trip hike that can easily be done in a day—with a mountainside picnic overlooking the lake at your summit. If you’d like to hike more distance, or make your journey a camping trip, the hike to Dingleberry Lake is 9.2 miles round-trip, and the hike to Midnight Lake is 11.2 miles, gaining close to 2,000 feet. You’ll hike past Emerald Lakes, resting in one of the glacial basins en route to Dingleberry Lake and look for a lush waterfall at the 5-mile mark on the way to Midnight Lake. Whichever path you take, you are guaranteed that the scenery will be magnificent.

Who is Going to Love It

Day hikers and backpackers alike will enjoy the trails near Lake Sabrina. Because the higher points of the trails are well above the treeline, photographers love shooting from the mountainsides, whether they prefer daytime landscapes or capturing the night sky from the mountaintops.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Take Highway 168 West outside of Bishop for approximately 18 miles. Continue onto Lake Sabrina Road, where you’ll find the trailhead on the left.

_Campfires are prohibited on this trail. _

Food must be stored in bear-proof containers at least 15 feet above ground; beyond Blue Lake, bear canisters are required, as you’re above the treeline and it’s the only safe way to store food. Thus, bear spray is also necessary.

Treating water before consumption is also recommended.

Featured image provided by Marty B

For more information on hiking near Bishop, see our webpage.

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2 days ago

Anyone going to be here this weekend? This will be a great program.Interested in the night sky and nightscape photography? Please join us this Saturday, August 24th at Grandview Campground at 9 pm for a fun and educational program discussing the constellations, planets, importance of the Dark Sky, and an introduction to nightscape photography with ESIA Naturalist, John Kelly and ESIA Board Chair, Don Chambers. 🌟 Photo by Don Chambers ... See MoreSee Less

Anyone going to be here this weekend? This will be a great program.

 

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Sounds great, have taken grands to similar programs at Kensington in Mi. Loved it!

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2 days ago

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in doing a run for a good cause, please check this out!! Fight against cancer on October 5th by running or walking through iconic John Wayne movie locations and rugged western landscapes of the Alabama Hills. 1/2 marathon and 10K options.
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If you, or anyone you know, is interested in doing a run for a good cause, please check this out!! Fight against cancer on October 5th by running or walking through iconic John Wayne movie locations and rugged western landscapes of the Alabama Hills. 1/2 marathon and 10K options.  
https://johnwayne.org/jwgs-alabama-hills/
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Wonderful picture

Love the Owens valley Alabama hills

Alabama Hill's a great place to visit

Beautiful shot!

Lone Pine Peak- Joe Kidd, Eastwood and Duwall

I imagine most folk on FB have no idea who John Wayne is 🤪

Kimberly Masters Huffman

Rachel Eads

Hey Dennis Cook Ever been to Bishop?

Tom Morgan lets go!!

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3 days ago

Not only are the bristlecone pines amazing, but the sunsets are pretty spectacular there as well!
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Not only are the bristlecone pines amazing, but the sunsets are pretty spectacular there as well! 
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Beautiful

This is a great place. If you have a chance go see them.

I must get there before winter sets in!

Simply Beautiful☺

It’s a beautiful town

Loved my fall visit last year with a special opportunity ...a later than normal closure of the ancient Bristlecone pine forest ! Checked that off the bucket list

When we visited the Bristlecone. On the way up we would stop and pick Piñon nuts. The female comes of the Bristlecone is a beautiful blue/purple cone.

Have not been up there since 2009.

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4 days ago

Fishing fun! Check out our local guides!

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Kayak fishing on Lake Sabrina in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains! outside.tv/August19 Congrats to our latest August Campfire Video of the Week winner, Ed and Ed Go Fishing without Ed! Enjoy your prizes from FRDM, Sight Line Provisions, and Postfly! Grand prize winner will also win a rod from The Wade Rod Co. Show us your adventures for a chance to win and be featured on Outside TV, and stay tuned for other ways to win cool prizes from other brands like BUFF!
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Great times fishing there

My favorite place to be. I miss going to fish there. So many fond memories.

Miss being there. Bishop creek.

Awesome video

My bride of 42 years and I were just there last week! Such a great place to relax, fish & get away.

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