Sherwin Lakes Trail is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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.
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 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!
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!
Switchbacks going up, but the lake is well worth it