Valentine Lake Trail

Inyo National Forest, California

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Inyo National Forest
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 1,363 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 8,680 feet
Top Elevation: 9,721 feet
Parks: John Muir Wilderness
Elevation Min/Max: 8675/9721 ft
Elevation Start/End: 8680/8680 ft

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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."

"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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Jun 2018