Hike to Valentine Lake

9.6 miles 2026 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Tyler Drake

With the fresh mountain air, old growth pines, and stunning lake views, this hike that takes you into the John Muir Wilderness simply cannot be missed. To get to the trailhead is a quick 10-15 minute drive from the Village in Mammoth Lakes. 

Park in the Sherwin Creek Camping area. The trailhead is just east of the campground. Begin your ascent through scrubby foliage and old pines. Once you arrive at a junction with a bench, turn around. Alternatively, loop around by the Sherwin Lake. If you do choose to include Sherwin Lake, you're best off departing from the Sherwin Lake trailhead, then hiking this as an out-and-back. If you choose to do a loop, you'll have approximately 2 miles to walk along the road to reach your initial trailhead. 

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Loved this hike!

I'm an avid backpacker and plan to come back to backpack to Valentine Lake in the future. I hiked to Sherwin Lakes twice, two separate days, as I was looking for a workout in the mornings. Just beautiful! Loved the trees and the trail is in excellent condition. The best part was getting great photos of Sherwin Lakes reflecting the mountain behind it at sunrise!

Loved this hike!

I'm an avid backpacker and plan to come back to backpack to Valentine Lake in the future. I hiked to Sherwin Lakes twice, two separate days, as I was looking for a workout in the mornings. Just beautiful! Loved the trees and the trail is in excellent condition. The best part was getting great photos of Sherwin Lakes reflecting the mountain behind it at sunrise!

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almost 3 years ago

bring snacks & your fly rod!

Really beautiful hike! It was a good challenge for me, because of the altitude (& a couple switchbacks near the lake). We spent the day at valentine, had sandwiches & caught a bunch of small brookies on a fly rod at the outlet. There was still snow on the mountains (& a little remained on the trail) in the spring, which made for great photos!

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