Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.


 Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Lake Sabrina RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

Hover cursor over segment slices, below, for exact grade of a particular segment.

Each elevation segment is ~ 1/6 mile.

Start(click and drag map; double click to move forward)

Cycling and Climbing the Sierras

Lake Sabrina, CA by Bike


  • Distance:                                          14.6 miles

  • Beginning elevation:                       4,389''

  • Ending elevation:                             9,141

  • Average Grade:                                6.5%

  • Fiets Index:                                       10.71
  • Location:  Climb begins at the intersection of Hwy 168 (W. Line Street) and Red Hill Rd, Bishop, CA 37.36083, -118.45427 latitude/longitude), 270 miles northeast of LAX and 359 miles southeast of San Francisco International Airport.

Ride Description

Lake Sabrina is one of the 9 Top 100 rides that begin in the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the central-eastern part of California.  The climb begins gradually as you ride for 4 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

Traffic and Roadway 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.