Sherwin Lakes Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Sherwin Lakes Trail is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, CA that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.9 miles 1119 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

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hiking
4 months ago

Trail was good. A lot of sand or fine gravel was part of the trail. The trees, mountains and then the lake view were well worth the effort, especially for a desert tat like me.

backpacking
4 months ago

great hike, gradual incline that leads to several switchbacks. once you reach a wide horse trail at the top of the ridge you have about .5 miles left. beautiful Lake at the end of it

hiking
5 months ago

Hiking from nearby Sherwin Creek Campground to the lakes was an awesome experience. If you start from the campground you can either drive to the trailhead or simply walk it. The trailhead had a restroom but no running water so have some wipes or sanitizer ready.

The trail first crosses Sherwin Creek and goes right next to a hillside. From there the switchbacks begins. You will climb about 1000 feet. Don't let that bring you down, you can do it!!! Just take as many breaks as you need. Eventually you reach the top of the hill. You will have amazing views of Mammoth. From here on you have pretty much conquered the trail as you go on a mostly flat and easy portion to the lake. Keep your eyes open as the lake will be on your right enjoy it. Of course you can continue on the trail for 5 more challenging miles to Valentine Lake. I wrote a review about it if you want to know more about it. But if this is it, consider it victory at about 8000 feet in elevation. Enjoy!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike about 3 miles one way, partly shaded, scenic and a good workout. There was definitely good elevation gain, but was doable and totally worth it!. Once we reached the Sherwin lake on the mountain, the view was mesmerizing. Will love to do it again but next time want to hike till valentine lake. Great hike!

5 months ago

Switchbacks going up, but the lake is well worth it

6 months ago

hiking
2 years ago

The lakes at the top make the switchbacks worth it!

2 years ago

Great and beautiful scenery! You can definitely feel the altitude hit you, switchbacks to the lake. Wish we had time to get to valentine

hiking
2 years ago

Beautiful little hike, well shaded, good scenery and a nice workout. There is some elevation gain, and being in Mammoth, of course it's starting at altitude, so if you're not accustomed to it, you're definitely going to feel it. But there are respites from the uphill and once to the lake, we really enjoyed wandering around and exporing the area. I've heard next time we need to continue on to Valentine Lake - and am looking forward to doing that.

hiking
2 years ago

Never disappointed in Mammoth. This hike is delightful. You pass many layers of different flora. If you have the strength and stamina head over to Valentines Lake (appx 2 miles furth).

This is a moderate hike. Those not in shape or not use to elevation will struggle.

hiking
3 years ago

Awesome trail and cool small lakes!

hiking
3 years ago

This is a tough hike for beginners. The hike starts off with major back-and-forth switchbacks that climb for about almost 1000 feet. It is a beautiful scenery from start to Sherwin Lakes. The lakes makes it seem more like a pond up there. We weren't too impressed with the view of the lakes. Yeah it was a good hike. We thought we were going to be sore the following day but we weren't.
Please go on this hike for the travel and the scenery while on the trail and hike past SL don't even stop to see them. Sherwin Lakes when we went we're not very pleasing (maybe we were spoiled at June Lake:). Other hikers were heading to Valentine Lake which they say it's beautiful, but I have never been there. I sure hope it's a lot more beautiful than Sherwin Lakes. Pictures included. We didn't try fishing maybe next time.

Ps wear Sunblock or hat since your hiking a high elevation and burn within a matter of hours

hiking
4 years ago

Great day hike! We went all the way to Valentine lake and got some good fishing in along the way.

hiking
4 years ago

The hike is fantastic and well worth it. It can be difficult if your out of shape.

hiking
4 years ago

Fantastic hike! Go, you will be glad you did. One small warning, in and back is over 4 miles, not the 3 miles this app indicates.

hiking
6 years ago

This is a pretty tough hike. When you get to the Lakes you will quickly realize that it was so worth it! Sherwin lakes are very Beautiful! Good Fishing ,too! Last year we had a pretty substantial forest fire on the hillside going to the lakes and luckily the lakes themselves survived without damage. I would like to thank all the Firefighters for their awesome effort!