Valentine Lake Trail


There are two ways to go to Valentine Lake. The Valentine Lake trail begins east of Sherwin Campground. The Sherwin Creek trail climbs to Sherwin Lakes and then continues on to join with the Valentine Lake trail. The two trails join near 8900 ft elevation just before crossing the wilderness boundary. Climbing past Lost Lake, the trail ends at Valentine Lake.


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At a Glance

Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Day use does not require a permit.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips into the John Muir Wilderness. Permits are issued at Inyo National Forest visitor centers.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: - Special approval is required for commercial use. This trail is not recommended for stock.
- No campfires above 10,000 ft.
- Food and refuse must be stored so that animals cannot get into the food or trash.
- Groups cannot be larger than 15 people (includes day use).
- Quota of 8 people permitted to start overnight trips each day from May 1 to November 1.
- John Muir Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns:  Mammoth Lakes
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Please Leave No Trace. Bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: For wilderness permit information call (760) 873-2483; or for area information call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (760) 924-5500

General Information


Exit Hwy 395 to Mammoth Lakes on Hwy 203. From the Town of Mammoth Lakes, follow Old Mammoth Rd to Sherwin Creek dirt road. West of Sherwin Creek campground and picnic area there is a small dirt lot marked for trailhead parking to Sherwin Lakes. Beyond Sherwin Campground (east) is the trail to Valentine Lake.



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  Elevation : 
7,828 ft. at trailhead


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