Sherwin Lakes Trail

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John Muir Wilderness

Sherwin Lakes Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 898 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

mountain biking
2 hours ago

40 lb vest

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Amazing family hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike to the lake. No snow when we did it

Beautiful trail. Snow about 9000. Almost to switchbacks up to Valetine.

hiking
19 days ago

Snow is completely gone. Trail is good. Pretty crowded since it was a Saturday.

hiking
snow
30 days ago

Great little hike. Took the 3 kids and we made it up. we lost the trail a few times in the snow so we had to go around deep patches. They were tired but I enjoyed the struggle in the end. We didn’t have snowshoes or microspikes and were fine.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Great and exciting hike. Decided not to bring snowshoes, which would’ve come in handy at the higher elevations of the hike. The trail itself became harder and harder to follow the higher we went. Found ourselves off trail and postholing through deep snow several times. Would hike again

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Icy and all snowy, better for snowshoes

hiking
icy
off trail
snow
3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

11/2/19...Good walk in the forest. Trail views of Crowley Lake, mammoth, and Owens valley. Uphill all the way in but mild ascent w spacious, easy to follow trail. More like a 5 plus mile trail. Pretty, Peaceful lake, w/ rocks for sitting...only one stream at the start of the trail.

fishing
rocky
6 months ago

Very good place for fishing caught some natural brook trout

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Did this trail Oct 22, 2019.. Beautiful trail with plenty of shade. We only had one day so we felt the uphill since didn't have time to acclimatize. We got to the lake in an hour an a half which surprised us. We think we also got to second Sherwin lake. We came the right day, since a girl told us it had been windy previous days. About 68 and sunny.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this trail Oct 22, 2019.. Beautiful trail with plenty of shade. We only had one day so we felt the uphill since didn't have time to acclimatize. We got to the lake in an hour an a half which surprised us. We think we also got to second Sherwin lake. We came the right day, since a girl told us it had been windy previous days. About 68 and sunny.

hiking
7 months ago

Just finished this trail at 5:43pm on 10/12/19. Just starting to get dark. Beautiful trail with a variety of manzanita, rocks, pine trees, aspen, cottonwood and willows. etc. Went to see the fall colors. Beautiful golden aspens around the lake. We will do this again. God created another masterpiece here.

hiking
8 months ago

This lake is nice but there are way better ones in the area. Nice big views on the switchbacks on the way up/down. Wouldn’t do this one again.

hiking
8 months ago

My favorite Mammoth hike. Note: driving there look for the sign on the Sherwin creek road opposite the turn (coming from Mammoth, its on the left side of road, but you turn right), to get to the parking lot for this trail. Nice clear paths, and a gradual climb to a beautiful lake. If you want more challenge, continue the extra 3 miles up to Valentine Lake. Trees were just staring to change in a couple areas by the lake. This is a great hike on a windy Mammoth day...lots of protection...till the top :) On hot days, leave early, somewhat exposed.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Perfect morning walk for the pups to get some energy out. Lots of rocks and not a ton of foot traffic which made the trail perfect!

hiking
8 months ago

nice trail, not too busy, no one swimming as its in the 60's today. trail is part dirt track, sand, some root and granite steps but mostly granite step a-rounds. Solo horseback rider whose tracks appeared to carry on to Valentine lake. The lab enjoyed the water, wasnt too cold. We hiked to the back side across the creek, few persons and prettier. Also a few campsites tucked away with easy water access.

recorded Sherwin Lakes Trail

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, lots to see, even a few deer...

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail lots of shade. Starts with a mountain stream and then a 2 mile up with a mild grade. The lake at the top is beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice views on the way up the switchbacks. Mostly shady in the morning when we went. Intermittent shade on the way back down at 11:30ish. Beautiful lake with little islands. Valentine lake can be reached if you continue left on the trail. Good workout for not too many miles. Easy parking and restrooms there.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

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