Hike to Valentine Lake

Valentine Lake Trailhead

Distance

9.6 Miles

Elevation Gain

2026 Feet

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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. 

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

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Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

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Half Dome Village

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From $108/night

Housekeeping Camp

Yosemite Valley, California

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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!

Distance

9.6 Miles

Elevation Gain

2026 Feet

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

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