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Beautiful view!

Soo beautiful view for such a small and easy hike!

hiking
14 days ago

Great short hike to a beautiful lake!

My wife and I hiked down this easy trail as a warm-up for more difficult tails. It’s a great first hike of a season. The views are very nice and the trail passes through three different kinds of terrain. Note that while we were on the trail at least 80 cross country runners ran by and we were constantly having to step off the trail to allow the runners to pass; there were also a number of trail bike riders as well. This is a seasonal issue as I have done this trail many times before and rarely seen anyone on the trail.

hiking
22 days ago

The climb is a little steep but very doable! Lots of great views around the entire lake!

I really enjoyed this hike! Offered a decent level of physical challenge, while also affording some better than average scenery! Very easily found the trail head and experienced no difficulty to Valentine Lake. Do be warned though, those with less-than a decent level of fitness may struggle to cope with the elevation and elevation gain

Absolutely magnificent hike, walked up and the reward was stunning, was able to comfortably trail-run down.

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely love this hike!! Hiking to the lake is a bit of a work out going up and definitely got your heart pumping. Although, it was short and lots of shade. So it wasn’t too bad. Very beautiful lake!! There wasn’t many people. Took our time walking around the lake and taking in the scenery. It was easy going back down the trail. I would definitely come back again. It was worth the hike.

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. Steep and challenging on the way up but I stopped and really took it all in along the way. Steep to start and after about 45 minutes-hour you get to Sherwin Lake, I didn’t stay here long but it is quite lovely. At some point you will walk through a grove of Redwoods, aside from the lake itself I think this was my favorite part. After that you hit a few streams. One of the pools from the streams definitely has some thermo activity, light bubbling coming up through the ice cold water. I stuck my hand in and it felt warm by the bubbles. So rad!
When you get to the steep river you hit some steep switchbacks and then you finally come out to a scenery like you’ve never experienced. Valentine Lake was picture perfect. I hiked on a hot day so since I was alone I ditched the clothing and jumped in.... and then right out since the water is ice cold. But if weather permits then I still strongly suggest it.

So this hike. Do it!
Leave no trace please <3

My husband and are in our 70’s and we hiked it with a little effort. Very beautiful lake! Would go again in a minute!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike, but be warned it is strenuous at times with a few steep switchbacks.

A bit steep at times, but nothing we sea level people could not handle. The lake is clear and worth the effort!

hiking
2 months ago

Pictures of this trail started my love affair with hiking/backpacking! I finally hiked it last year and it was a dream come true! Even more beautiful than the photos!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with kids even for a fat guy like myself. We enjoyed exploring around the lake, meeting a bunch of friendly dogs, and quick hellos to other families.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice short hike to lake sherwin and back. Took about 1.5 hrs out with some short stops and 50mins return.... downhill.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this trail for the second time and enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I hiked it a year earlier. As noted in other reviews, the trail doesn't offer a lot of shade, which isn't great when hiking in August. As long as you avoid hiking in the heat of the day, though, it isn't too bad.
Once you reach Sherwin Lakes, it makes the hike worthwhile. While there was a lot more traffic this year than last, and more hikers encountered along the trail, it was still enjoyable. I believe we hiked this trail on a weekday last year, but this year it was on the weekend.
Once we arrived at the largest of the lakes, the spots where we could access the water had other people nearby. It wasn't a problem for us, but if you expect seclusion, this may not be the place to find it. I'm sure you could find seclusion at other places around the lake once you get a little further from the trail.
All in all, it's a nice trail. There are places where there is little shade, and some spots where you have to climb over a few rocks, but overall it's a decent trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike with my two kids 8 and 3 and they loved it! Beautiful lake!

great day hike an easy-moderate trail, not too stip. Both lakes are amazing and so many different landscapes! great day

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike. Well marked and worth going to the top to see Valentine Lake. 10.2 miles with 1925 feet of elevation. Not crowded and no smoke today.

Sherwin Lakes was beautiful once you finally got there, but over 3/4 of it is a steady incline with very little shade coverage. The trail is dog friendly, so I brought my pooch, but it’s been 2 days later and she still can’t walk she messed up her paws/feet so bad on the trail. Also- the lakes do not compare to other lakes in mammoth, but once you’re up there it will feel like you have the area to yourself.

Great trail !

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike to do with kids. Beautiful lake, good for swimming etc.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail!! Really worth it. First part, up to sherwin lake is ok, I would say it’s easy and some beautiful views.
From Sherwin to Valentines is awesome!! Beautiful and variate landscapes!
The last part is tough! All way up to the hill (after a few miles hiking), but the price when you reach valentines lake, absolutely worth it.
I really recommend this hike!!
We readed that there were a lot of mosquitos. Fortunately we only saw a few, anyway, I recommend using some Mosquito repellent.
* Our gps watch marked 10.2 miles

(we did the hike on 21/07/2018)

backpacking
3 months ago

Bring a fishing pole! Trail is a bit longer than what is listed on AllTrails.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a rather easy, peaceful and well marked hike. There is minimal elevation gain and the switchbacks make it rather steady. Honestly, this should classified as easy +.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this trail!!! I would put my ability as somewhat fit but definitely not athletic. I thought the steady climb was a perfect workout without being too challenging. The views of Mammoth and the Long Valley on the way up were great, just before the lakes are some nice views of higher peaks. The lakes are somewhat smaller than others out of the Lakes Basin but pretty and surrounded by pines and aspens. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead, even on a weekend. A very enjoyable day!

I would probably put this hike in the more difficult section of the Moderate rating. definitely not for beginners, lots of uphill. It is very worth the hike though as the lake and mountains behind it are an incredible sight.

hiking
4 months ago

Such a fun, beautiful hike with the family. My 4 and 7-year-old kids did great! The slight uphill trek from the trailhead tired them out a little, but after picnicking by the lake and dipping their legs in the cold water, they perked up. A couple weird, tiny leech-like things attached themselves to our feet in the water—not sure what those were—but I found them and got them off quickly so no harm done.

hiking
4 months ago

Moderately strenuous hike with elevation all the way to the top, but then there are beautiful lakes and mountain views. Go in the morning and pack a lunch to share at the top by the lake.

horseback riding
4 months ago

Very beautiful trail but had to turn back about a half-mile before reaching Sherwin Lake because it had too many boulders and my horse chipped her hoof and had difficulty finding footing. We turned back because it wasn’t worth risking an injury. 3 star rating for equestrian use.

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