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 lakes in a 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: Lake Sabrina, Blue Lake, Donkey Lake, Midnight Lake

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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Rentals & Guides:  Bishop Pack Outfitters is located at North Lake providing wilderness pack trips and day rides by reservation. Phone for information 760-873-4785 or visit
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir Wilderness. Day use does not require a permit. Permits to start on this trail are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers. 
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: - No campfires.
- Check the area map for the correct trail. A diffrent permit quota is needed for trips going toward George Lake, Piute Pass, or Lamarck Lakes.
- All food, trash and scented items must be stored in bear-proof containers, or counter balanced at least 15 feet above the ground. 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).
- Quota of 25 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
- The side trail to Donkey and Baboon Lake is not recommended for stock.
- John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon wilderness regulations apply if entering the National Park. (includes no night box permit pickup; no pets; Cross Country permit type for Darwin Canyon)
Closest Towns:  Bishop, CA.
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: Wilderness permit information (760) 873-2483
Area information call White Mt. Visitor Center (760) 873-2500

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.


Parking for this trail is at the intersection with North Lake Road.



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Day Hiking

Day hiking along the Sabrina Lake Trail does not require a wilderness permit.  Great views of the lake and the mountains are available along the first mile of the trail.  Please yield to all horses and pack stock by stepping to the lower side of the trail and standing quietly as stock pass.  Speaking quietly to horses and mules allows them to remain calm as they pass you.


The Sabrina Lake Trail is very popular with backpackers.  Trail quotas apply from May 1 through Nov 1 and wilderness permits are required year round.  Check with the Inyo National Forest Visitor Centers for permits, regulations and campfire restrictions before entering the wilderness for overnight trips.

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9,060ft. at trailhead


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