• Activities:

    Chillin, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    4.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1000 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This hike provides easy parking and is a close drive from town. As you hike, take in stunning alpine views and relax at the sandy beach shores of this lake. If you go during warmer weather, consider jumping in for a swim.

Just outside the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA is the Sherwin Lake Trailhead. An easy 10 minute drive down some dirt roads will get you to the dirt parking lot where you can safely leave your vehicle and begin your fairly easy 2.5 mile hike to Sherwin Lake. (Valentine Lake is not much further beyond Sherwin)

The trail is very clear and easy to stay on. It is a fairly popular hike for the locals, so you will most likely see other hikers and their dogs. You will walk through a gorgeous area of the Sherwin Mountain range passing the Sherwin Creek and a few sandy washes. After a mile or so, you will begin the handful of switchbacks where you gain most of your elevation. From these you gain views of Mammoth as well as the Owens Valley and the 395 highway. Most of the trail is shaded but does have an area of a past wildfire that opens the canopy up a little. After the switchbacks, the trail flattens out for almost the last 0.25 miles. The lake will be on your right hand side just over the hill, and will be noticeably low. After some log jumping and rock hopping, you will land on the sandy beach of Sherwin Lake.

NOTES

  • There can be multiple dogs on the trail.
  • This is a great place to make a day of. Picnic stuff is a great plan!
  • There is a crafty little hut on the East side of the lake.
  • Mammoth is known for a little wind/breeze.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Light Jacket (It can be windy)
  • Bathing Suit
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Adult Beverages
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