Sabrina Lake Trail

photo by Nolan Nitschke

Climbing the hillside on the south side of Sabrina Lake, the trail leads to a series of high alpine meadows and lakes in Sabrina Basin surrounded by glacier flanked 13,000 ft. granite peaks. Many day hikers enjoy visiting Blue Lake (2.5 miles). If hikers continue on the trail it will take them to Dingleberry, Hungry Packer, and Midnight Lakes. The side trail to Donkey and Baboon Lake is more rugged and is not recommended for stock. Beyond Blue Lake, bear canisters are the only practical way to store food due to the lack of tall trees.

Common Destinations: Sabrina Basin, Blue Lake, Hungrey Packer, , Midnight Lake

Download area map for trail location.
To purchase more detailed maps or guidebooks of the area, visit

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather
Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Rentals & Guides:  Bishop Pack Outfitters is located at North Lake offering day rides and mule pack trips 760-873-4785
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required year round for overnight trips
  • Day use does not require a permit. 
  • May 1 throught November 1 quota limits visitors to 25 people per day.
Busiest Season: July-August
  • No campfires all locations above 10,400ft.
  • Food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear proof containers or counter balanced. Beyond Blue Lake, bear containers are the only practical way to store food due to the lack of tall trees.
  • Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
  • Trail to Donkey and Baboon Lake is not recommended for stock.
  • John Muir Wilderness regulations
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations (Goddard Divide)
Closest Towns:  Bishop, CA (full service, hospital)
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

General Information


From Bishop go west on State Route 168 (Line Street) approximately 18 miles.  After Aspendell, look for the overnight parking at the North Lake turnoff.


Hiker parking for this trail is at North Lake. Do not park in campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Most Lakes in the Sabrina Basin hold Brook and Rainbow Trout, check the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide for specific trout species in each lake.

Day Hiking


Viewing Scenery

A short hike from the trailhead offers great views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation : 
9,060ft. at trailhead