Valentine Lake Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
#27 of 118 trails in

Valentine Lake Trail is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

snow

backpacking
3 months ago

Magical hike with barely any foot traffic. The trail is all uphill to the lake (and conversely all downhill back to the trailhead). Tough hike but well worth the stunning views of the lake and the valley at the top of the trail. We brought our pup and spent the night by the lake. We went on Labor Day weekend and were pleasantly surprised at how quit the trail was...Only saw a handful of people each day. Definitely check it out if you are looking for a challenging day hike or an overnight backpacking trip.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Long and worth it. Awesome trees and we saw a bald eagle fly over and land on a tree. Gorgeous!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike past two beautiful lakes. Mosquitoes were not too bothersome. You need to cross a stream to get to nice part of Valentine. Flowing to fast for my dog to make it ove

hiking
3 months ago

Well made switchbacks makes the climb easy

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, very beautiful all the way up! There is still a small snow patch at the very end of the trail that covers the river coming down so be careful and stay near the top of the snow patch where it covers the trail. It was pretty buggy (lots of mosquitos) on the right side and the left side of the lake has fun massive rocks to climb around on. The lake itself is gorgeous! This place was recommended for backpacking...I'd say the one caveat is that the left side doesn't have much camping so you're left with a mosquito battle on the right side.

5 months ago

this trail is not accessible due to snow damage!

hiking
7 months ago

Really enjoyed it....spent a night there with some friends. Small fish in the lake, a few small waterfalls on the way up. Very uncrowded at the time....ran into only a couple of other packers.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Amazing hike with 360' views!

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

This review begins at Sherwin Lake Trailhead. According to Mammoth Trails, the trailhead for Valentine Lake begins east of Sherwin Creek Campground near the Laurel ohv trails.

We began at the Sherwin Creek Campground and walked on the road until we got to the road intersection that leads to the trailhead. The Sherwin lakes trailhead has a bathroom but no running water. We began this hike at around 8am. Getting to Sherwin Lakes was a moderate hike. The first part will pass Sherwin Creek and start with the many switchbacks up the hill. It will provide you with amazing views of Mammoth Mountain and the town. Once you reach the top of the hill it will be flat and easy until you get to Sherwin Lake. Once you are done seeing this beautiful lake, continue on the trail. Valentine Lake is a little bit harder and about 5 miles further up. It will eventually unite itself with the Valentine Lake trail. Once we reached a heavily wooded forest, we found ourselves with leftover patches of snow and an incline. You will also find yourself with a beautiful rapids section of Sherwin Creek on your right. As you make your way up, you will find a small clear pond. Once you pass the pond, you reach the "final round" of the trail: about 7 to 8 switchbacks that become narrower and rocky as you reach the top (hiking stick, no prob).

Unfortunately, the last bit of trail at the top was covered in slippery snow next to the rapid Sherwin Creek. My girlfriend I, turned back and arrived at our campsite around 6-7pm. (Hiked on June 18th 2016).

Make sure for this hike to have more than 7 water bottles if you are a beginner. A big breakfast is also a must. Hydrate, eat snacks and take breaks when you need to. Sunscreen is a must. Spikes or hiking boots with good traction are a must.

Over all we were happy of our first 9k elevation hike. We will be back next year for sure to finish it.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

We caught the Valentine lake trail from Sherwin lakes, caught a lot of snow getting closer to Valentine lake but absolutely amazing views!

hiking
Thursday, July 10, 2014

This is a great hike, we stayed a couple of nights at the beginning of July and would have given it five stars for a combination of the short hike, fantastic views, seclusion, and dog friendly...disadvantage was mosquitos. Again could have been because of dry/warm winter but be prepared with plenty of bug spray if camping. Bring fishing poles if you're down with that.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Beautiful hike

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Friday, November 25, 2016

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