Cycling Lake Sabrina
Ride 15.7 miles gaining 4,886’ at 5.8% average grade.
Visit our Owens Valley Top World Bike Climb Area page for more information on other climbs in this area.
Lake Sah-BRY-nuh, don’t call me suh-BREE-nuh (the locals may correct you if you mispronounce the name). Sadly, I keep forgetting, and, well, I keep getting corrected. 😧
Easterly view of Lake Sabrina.
Dam of the middle fork of Bishop Creek completed in 1908.
Lake Sabrina is one of the 10 Top 100 road bike climbs that begin in the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central-eastern California.
As with all Owens Valley climbs, we ride through Inyo National Forest much of the climb.
The climb begins gradually as you ride for four miles towards the eastern Sierras (which seemingly take forever to reach) at an average grade of 4%. The last 10 miles of the climb are at 7.1% (the 4.9-5.9 mile stretch is at 11% average grade). The entire climb follows Highway 168, although the final few miles are much more scenic than the first few. The first 11.7 miles of the climb are shared with Top 100 climb #25 South Lake.
First segment of the climb.
Highway 168, Bishop is the green patch top middle of photo.
Ride through a wide canyon the last half of the climb.
Inyo National Forest sign at mile 4.2.
The turn off to South Lake is at mile 11.8, stay straight four more miles to Lake Sabrina.
First 11.8 miles = 5.8% to elevation 7,970’.
Final 3.9 miles = 6.1% to 9,219’.
Highway ends ½ mile before the finish . . .
. . . but road is paved to the finish.
The fall colors in the Owens Valley are spectacular.
This is a small bridge over the middle fork of Bishop Creek near the finish.
Finish the climb at Sabrina Dam.
Traffic and Roadway Surface Report: The roadway surface is excellent and there is a good bike lane most of the way. Traffic, as can be seen in the YouTube video, travels by very fast and this is not a stretch of road for the faint of heart.
There is a cafe at the finish called the Lake Sabrina Boat Landing.
Steepest ¼ mile begins at mile 4.9 (14.2%) and the steepest mile begins at 4.7 (11.3%).