Sherwin Lakes

  • From the trailhead off Sherwin Creek Road, the Sherwin Lakes Trail climbs steeply for about 2 miles to a glaciated bench and Sherwin Lakes, a pair of small sub-alpine lakes at 8,269 feet at the edge of the John Muir Wilderness. Much of the climb is without shade and can be very hot and dusty in the heat of the day, especially in mid- to late summer, making the cold water in the lakes a much-anticipated destination. Along the way, there are extraordinary views across the Long Valley Caldera and back over the town of Mammoth Lakes toward Mammoth Mountain. Continue from Sherwin Lakes on to Valentine Lake or return the way you came.

  • From the trailhead off Sherwin Creek Road, the Sherwin Lakes Trail climbs steeply for about 2 miles to a glaciated bench and Sherwin Lakes, a pair of small sub-alpine lakes at 8,269 feet at the edge of the John Muir Wilderness. Much of the climb is without shade and can be very hot and dusty in the heat of the day, especially in mid- to late summer, making the cold water in the lakes a much-anticipated destination. Along the way, there are extraordinary views across the Long Valley Caldera and back over the town of Mammoth Lakes toward Mammoth Mountain. Continue from Sherwin Lakes on to Valentine Lake or return the way you came.

Reviews

June 15, 2013

“I hiked this trail by myself on May 19th. I am out of shape and was unused to the higher elevation. It was worth it... Beautiful scenery and came across other people so felt comfortable. I am a photographer and was also able to get some beautiful photos. Well worth it!”

Tracy T, California

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