Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Basin

Yosemite, California 95389

Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Basin

Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Basin Professional Guide

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"Saddlebag Lake is just outside Yosemite in the Hoover Wilderness and, like Lundy Canyon, is a favorite of Yosemite hikers. It is also a backdoor cross-country entrance into the park by way of McCabe Lakes. The region behind and including Saddlebag Lake is known as the 20 Lakes Basin, but is not identified by that name (or any other name) on the topographic map. The loop can be hiked in either direction but the views are better if you proceed counterclockwise. The lakes are stocked with trout and are simply swarming with anglers. The little resort near the trailhead operates a shuttle boat that will drop you off at the far end of the lake and pick you up later at whatever time you specify, if you are in a hurry. It is inexpensive and saves you 1.5 miles each way."

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"At first glance, Saddlebag Resort and the human imprint of the dam at the south end are disappointing, and the easy loop hike around this long body of water seems like a cop-out. Don’t be fooled. This hike will unveil some idyllic surprises along the way."

Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Basin Trip Reports

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6/4/2007
My son and I have been there twice, at the end of August, on our yearly trek to Tuolomne Meadows. You start at the Tioga Pass Park Entrance. You climb 1000 feet in one-mile. It's steep but worth it. There's so many lakes to visit and take ownership of for the day. We have our favorites. It's usually windy by the first lake. Planning to go again this year but in July.
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10/3/2006
This is a pretty steady uphill hike for close to the first mile of the hike so be preapred to breathe a little bit harder to reach the views. Once you finally reach the top it's a pretty easy walk along the trail to the other lakes in the area. The trail was fairly wet and I suspect it may always be wet since the trail runs along a drainage stream between the lakes. Even this time of year there was a wonderful display of wildflowers in the area. The day I was there was cool and windy but the views were great. A bit warmer and I'm sure I would have found lot's of places to stop to enjoy the area.
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Trail Information

Yosemite
Nearby City
8.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
Duration
Summer
Season
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Dunderberg Peak and Tioga Pass quads
Local Maps

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