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Sabrina Basin Trail 31E01, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Sierra Nevada
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 5.78 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,475 feet
Elevation Gain 1,929 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,149 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 12.94
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22  2018-09-14
Lake Sabrina Trail to Donkey Lake
26  2018-07-20 John9L
19  2016-09-11
Hungry Packer Moonlight & Midnight Lakes
30  2016-09-11
Hungry Packer Moonlight & Midnight Lakes
16  2016-09-11
Hungry Packer Moonlight & Midnight Lakes
23  2012-06-24 John9L
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Sun  5:37am - 6:01pm
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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.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Sabrina Basin Trail 31E01
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    Hungry Packer Moonlight & Midnight Lakes
    sunday's hike began at sabrina lake trailhead
    a steady climb on sabrina basin trail took us along and above sabrina lake
    we stopped at blue lake and dingleberry lake on the way
    up higher, several creek crossings and an easier grade through aspen, pine, meadows and granite boulders
    took a nice break at hungry packer lake
    went off trail to moonlight lake, backtracked and made a visit to midnight lake
    by this time, we could see clouds building, and even got a few sprinkles
    stayed just ahead of any storms on the way back
    skies cleared but the wind picked up
    we drove into bishop for burgers and the first half of the cardinals game
    good longer hike through beautiful terrain
    Sabrina Basin Trail 31E01
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    On our way to Yosemite, Cheryl and I stopped in Bishop, Ca to stay with her Aunt and Uncle. We've been to Bishop before and were able to take a peek at some of the eastern Sierra. What I saw left me thirsting for more so I made a point to make a short hike into the range on this trip.

    I arrived at Lake Sabrina around 7am. The lake sits at roughly 9,000 feet. I came up with a general plan and set off up the trail. The first mile parallels the east side of the lake. From there the trail switches back as you start gaining elevation for the next 1.5 miles. Things level off and I arrived at Blue Lake. Blue Lake sits at over 10,000 feet and is surrounded by scenic mountains that are picture perfect. I followed the trail as it paralleled the lake and saw two backpackers pumping some water from the lake. They would be the only two people I see on the way in. I took pics and continued on.

    From Blue Lake, there are a few different routes to follow that lead to a variety of lakes. I chose to continue south to Donkey Lake which was another mile away. Donkey Lake is another picture perfect location. I worked my way over to lake and wound up at a perfect cliff jumping spot. I would guess the drop at 15 feet and you could tell the water was deep. I didn't dare jump in because the water was freezing! I had my lunch at the lake and enjoyed the scenery. I was the only one up there.

    After spending time at Donkey Lake, I explored the area and the creek as I worked my way back to Blue Lake. It was nice taking my time and looking for the perfect view. I could spend days up here! I eventually arrived back at Blue Lake and then returned down the trail. On the way down, there were a bunch of groups with around 30 people heading in. Most were backpackers. I was glad I got the early start.

    On a side note, I am going to return for a multi-day backpack. The Sierras are amazing! Every summer for the rest of my life :D

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    Map Drive

    To hike
    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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