Photographer's Note

Saddlebag Lake is popular with trout fishermen and hikers. Located just east of the Yosemite National Park boundary, within Inyo National Forest. Accessed by a short dirt road from Highway 120 - Tioga Pass Road. There is lodging a short drive down the eastern slope to the small town of Lee Vining.

The Lake is within the U.S. Forest Service area known as "20 Lakes Basin". Backpacking is popular here. The beginning of the hike follows the Saddlebag Lake shoreline. Going to the end of the Lake, the geology transitions from red volcanic rock to alpine meadows with wildflowers in late spring and early summer. As the trail ascends you may look back and see Mt. Conness and part of its glacier. Reaching a "Trail T" you may take the loop left or right. Total distance round trip is about 10 miles.

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