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A mostly forested climb up to Valentine Lake to gain views of the Long Valley Caldera.


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Map Key

4.8

Miles

7.7

KM

Point to Point

9,648' 2,941 m

High

7,455' 2,272 m

Low

2,194' 669 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

To get there, go east on Sherwin Creek Road from Mammoth for about 3.5 miles—past the Sherwin Creek Campground—until you see the sign for the Valentine Lake Trailhead.

From the trailhead, the Valentine Lake Trail climbs up sandy switchbacks for about 2.5 miles until it reaches the juncture with the Sherwin Lakes Trail. Continue straight to stay on the Valentine Lake Trail. The climb steepens on rocky trail for the next 2.5 miles until it dead-ends at Valentine Lake.

If you cross the outlet of the lake, you can find a nice lunch spot on some boulders overlooking the Long Valley Caldera behind you.

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Shared By:

Adam Hodges

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#18

in Mammoth Lakes

#29225

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#18

in Mammoth Lakes

#3,180

in California

#29,225

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End of the trail at Valentine Lake.
Oct 18, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Trailhead for Valentine Lake Trail off of Sherwin Creek Road.
Oct 18, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
The juncture of Sherwin Lakes Trail and Valentine Lake Trail.
Oct 18, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
Looking back down the valley from the top of the Valentine Lake Trail.
Oct 18, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA
A runner heads up the Valentine Lake Trail.
Oct 18, 2018 near Mammoth…, CA

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