Saddlebag Lake Trail
Just east of Yosemite National Park, Saddlebag Lake is popular for day hikes, fishing and backpacking. A loop trail goes around the lake for fishing and hiking. There is also a water taxi from the marina at the Saddlebag Lake Resort that goes to the far end of the lake.
Beyond Saddlebag Lake trails extend into what is commonly called the 20 Lakes Basin. Backpackers must go past the end of Saddlebag Lake, to Greenstone Lake or farther into the 20 lakes basin area in order to stay overnight. Camping around Saddlebag Lake is limited to the campground near the resort.
Common Destinations: 20 Lakes Basin, Mt Conness, North Peak
At a Glance
|Reservations:||Reserve up to 2 weeks in advance at www.Recreation.gov|
|Rentals & Guides:||Guiding in Hoover wilderness is by Yosemite Mountaineering School.|
|Open Season:||Road closed in winter.|
|Water:||Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.|
|Restroom:||Vault toilet at campground. Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Leave Hwy 395 at Hwy 120. Follow Tioga Pass Road toward Yosemite. Turn North onto well marked dirt road to Saddlebag Lake. Trailhead parking is a dirt lot at the end of the road. Trail starts near Saddlebag Lake campground and dam. In the summer season tickets can be purchased for a water taxi from Saddlebag Lake Resort that goes to the end of the lake.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Lake and Pond Fishing
Saddlebag Lake is known for it's Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout, Greenstone and Hummingbird Lakes try for Brook Trout, Conness Lake catch Golden Trout. Check the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide for Trout species in the numerous lakes in this area.
River and Stream Fishing
Brook and Rainbow Trout are common in the streams in this area.