Saddlebag Lake Trail


Wasco Lake

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. 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.

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At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Guiding in Hoover wilderness is by Yosemite Mountaineering School.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the Hoover Wilderness. Day use does not require a permit. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers or Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Permit Office.
Open Season: Road closed in winter.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: You do not need a reservation for trips starting at Saddlebag Lake. Contact Inyo National Forest for information about walk in permits for non quota trails.
- Harvey Monroe Hall Natural Area is limited to day use. No Camping or Campfires. Hall Natural Area includes Mt. Conness and North Peak.
- Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
- No Campfires in 20 Lakes Basin.
- Guiding in Hoover Wilderness is by Yosemite Mountaineering School.
- This area is near Bighorn Sheep habitat. Use of pack goats is not advised in order to protect the health of the wild sheep.
- Hoover Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Limited services at Lee Vining, full service at Mammoth Lakes
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
Information Center: For wilderness information call the wilderness permit office (760)873-2483; or Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center (760) 924-5500

General Information


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.



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  Elevation : 
10,128ft at trailhead