Hike to Valentine Lake

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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. 

Pack List

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Snack
  • Camera
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Added by Tyler Drake

Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

9.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2026 Feet

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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