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Valentine Lake Trail

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One way

4.8 miles

7.7 km

Difficulty

Intermediate

Elevation gain

2,194 ft

669 m

Highest point

9,648 ft

2,941 m

Avg grade

9% (5°)

Elevation loss

-6 ft

-2 m

Max grade

25% (14°)

Elevation loss

-6 ft

-2 m

Avg grade

9% (5°)

Lowest point

7,455 ft

2,272 m


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Mammoth Lakes, CA

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Shared by Adam Hodges

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Hikes that include this trail

Sherwin and Valentine Lakes Loop

Overview

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.
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.

Contacts

Land Manager: USFS - Inyo National Forest Office

Shared by Adam Hodges

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3 from 1 hiker

Intermediate

Difficulty average from 1 hiker
1-1 of 1 reviews

Jul 13, 2019
Conditions: Snowy, Mostly Dry - Some snow pack that is melting fast right before Valentine Lake. Good day hike and the lakes look amazing as do the mountains

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