Sabrina Basin to Donkey Lake Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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12.2 km
Elevation
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510 m
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Sabrina Basin to Donkey Lake Trail is a scenic route within Inyo National Forest that is well suited for intermediate hikers and families with older children. Boasting incredible views of the surrounding eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain range, the route can be done in a day or broken up into a backpacking trip.

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Route Description for Sabrina Basin to Donkey Lake Trail

Sabrina Basin to Donkey Lake Trail’s distance and elevation incline make it a moderately difficult route. As such, it is likely not appropriate for beginner hikers and families with young children. Sabrina Basin to Donkey Lake Trail is rather steep in some sections, so it is recommended that you wear good hiking shoes.

Having made it to the trailhead, follow the Sabrina Basin Trail as it makes its way alongside the shoreline of Lake Sabrina. After crossing a creek, the route will veer away from the eastern shore of the lake and arrive at a junction within the trail. At the junction, take the southern pathway as it leads you up a series of switchbacks. The Sabrina Basin to Donkey Lake Trail will then straighten out while continuing to incline in elevation.

The route will soon deliver you to Blue lake. Passing adjacent to the western shore of the lake, the route will arrive at a second junction. Take the eastern pathway and follow it as it takes you over two creeks and brings you to Donkey Lake. Enjoy the nice sightlines and perhaps stop for some lunch! When you're ready, simply backtrack your steps towards the trailhead and your waiting vehicle.

Getting to the Sabrina Basin to Donkey Lake Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for Sabrina Basin to Donkey Lake Trail is located at a parking lot off of Lake Sabrina Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Sabrina Campground

  • When to do

    July-September

  • Pets allowed

    Yes

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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