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    Marcial Soto completed Buzzards Roost Trail

    12 months ago

    Marcial Soto saved Porter Ranch Trails

    about 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto completed Twin Lakes Campground

    about 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto saved Twin Lakes Campground

    about 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto reviewed Sherwin Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    May 28 2017. Went to Mammoth in February. Sherwin Creek Road was blocked off by snow. We were nervous that we would have to cancel our camping trip to Sherwin Creek as a result. Boy we were wrong. Snow has retreated to 8000'ish. Lake Mary was still closed however. Mammoth Mountain is still covered in snow.

    Anyway Sherwin Lakes Trail
    This is my second time doing this trail as it is my favorite. This time we drove to the trailhead from Sherwin Creek Campground.

    Warning to all, a snow melt spring has eroded the road to the trailhead that connects with Sherwin Creek Road. For 4x4s it is a piece of cake. Everybody else should park near Sherwin Creek Road. I saw many brave sedan drivers turn around due to this.

    The bathrooms are open and I recommend to use them as there is no bathroom at the lakes. Also carry hand sanitizer as it is a vault only toilet.

    The start of the trail passes through the snow melt heavy Sherwin Creek. After that it goes through the heavy shaded pine forest. The trail here is muddy due to the snow melt that is racing downhill to the creek. The trail starts ascending with flat switchbacks until you reach the base of the hill where you will start switchbacking at a comfortable climb. Once you have done a couple you will have a view of Mammoth, the 395, the Sherwin Creek forest and Mammoth Mountain. Eventually you will start seeing the snow (my guess it will retreat completely by late-June up to Valentine Lake). At the moment the trail has one snow crossing of 3 yards in length. Taking your time or using mini spikes will get you through. Eventually you will reach the top of the hill (you will know because you will see the hill flatten). From here on there are two more mini insignificant switchbacks before the trail flattens and goes straight.

    As you continue on the trail you will see a turquoise colored lake on your right. This is a vernal pool. Our main destination is close after passing a log the blocks the trail. After passing the log you will eventually reach Sherwin Lake on your right. The lake is full this year compared to last year. It is beautiful with the mountains in the horizon. Take a break, eat your lunch, fish for trout and even take a dip if you like. The uphill trip is a 2 hour ordeal for those that are below the intermediate range. We took our time on this hike since it is our favorite. We began at 10 and got to the lake at 12. Took a 40min break. We left and got back to the car at 2.

    I definitely recommend hiking sticks if you are not physically fit. Water: about 5-8 bottles especially if you decide to go further to Valentine Lake. Mini spikes are optional but bring them just in case.

    Marcial Soto completed Reseda Pond Path

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto updated Sturtevant Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto completed 5 City's Coast Walk

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto saved 5 City's Coast Walk

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto updated Six Pack of Peaks via PCT

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto updated Six Pack of Peaks via PCT

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto reviewed Six Pack of Peaks via PCT

    over 1 year ago

    I was wondering if this was a thing in Southern California but turns out we don't have our own JMT...

    Marcial Soto updated Six Pack of Peaks via PCT

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto reviewed Gabrielino Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Alltrails does not have Gabrielino Trail in its entire length??? Not if I can help it!

    Marcial Soto updated Gabrielino Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto reviewed Santa Barbara Canyon to Big Pine Mountain

    over 1 year ago

    Santa Barbara's highest point is also one of the hardest to reach. This is one way of reaching this peak. Besides hiking, others have done it with mountain biking,

    Marcial Soto updated Sturtevant Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto reviewed Gold Canyon Trail to Yerba Buena Ridge Summit

    over 1 year ago

    Based upon what others have written in terms of the Yerba Buena Ridge.

    Marcial Soto added Peak Bagging

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto reviewed Brasstown Bald Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I liked the short hike and the views. As a peak bagger from California, it was a bonus prize as I discovered the Georgian trails.

    Marcial Soto added Training Hikes

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto updated Sturtevant Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto updated Sturtevant Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Marcial Soto reviewed Briar Summit Open Space Preserve

    over 1 year ago

    Be respectful of the locals. Views of both San Fernando Valley & LA.