Sherwin Lakes Trail


A moderately steep climb goes 2.5 miles to Sherwin Lakes. This cluster of five lakes are not in the wilderness boundary. If you are camping at Lost Lake or Valentine Lake look for information about wilderness permits for Valentine Lake trail.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: If you are entering the Wilderness boundary, permits are required year round for overnight trips.
Restrictions: - Campfire permit required to stay overnight at Sherwin Lakes.
- If you will enter the John Muir Wilderness, the quota for Valentine Lakes and wilderness regulations will apply.
Closest Towns:  Mammoth Lakes
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead. 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 alternate trail to Valentine Lake.



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  Elevation : 
7,828ft. at trailhead


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