Valentine Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"An early start is recommended for this popular hike near the town of Mammoth Lakes. The midday sun can be fierce on the dusty switchbacks, which lead hikers from the sage-covered valley floor to the dramatic subalpine basin where Valentine Lake lies sandwiched between rugged walls of granite."
--Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall, 100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books).
"You and pooch will enjoy the moderate jaunt past stands of striking Sierra junipers on your way to an idyllic glacial lake at the base of a granite palisade. There are two trailhead possibilities for Valentine Lake, as well as a loop option. This hike describes the out-and-back route from the Sherwin Lakes trailhead for two reasons: The terrain itself is almost identical on both routes, but the loop adds almost 2 extra unrewarding, dry, dusty miles along Sherwin Creek Road."
--Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly, Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California (The Mountaineers Books).
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