Valentine Lake Trail

Inyo National Forest, California

Elevation Gain1,363ft
Trailhead Elevation8,680ft
Elevation Min/Max8675/9721ft
Elevation Start/End8680/8680ft

Valentine Lake Trail

Valentine Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Mono County, California. It is within John Muir Wilderness and Inyo National Forest. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 8,680 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,363 feet. Along the trail there are meadows. This trail connects with the following: Sherwin Lakes Trail.

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100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"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."
Best Hikes with Dogs: Central California (The Mountaineers Books)
Linda Mullaly & David Mullaly
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"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."

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Trail Information

Inyo National Forest
Nearby City
John Muir Wilderness
Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Bloody Mountain
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