Hike to Sherwin Lake

4.5 Miles Round Trip - 1000 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Sherwin Lake Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Gregg Boydston

This hike provides easy parking and is a close drive from town. As you hike, take in stunning alpine views and relax at the sandy beach shores of this lake. If you go during warmer weather, consider jumping in for a swim.

Just outside the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA is the Sherwin Lake Trailhead. An easy 10 minute drive down some dirt roads will get you to the dirt parking lot where you can safely leave your vehicle and begin your fairly easy 2.5 mile hike to Sherwin Lake. (Valentine Lake is not much further beyond Sherwin)

The trail is very clear and easy to stay on. It is a fairly popular hike for the locals, so you will most likely see other hikers and their dogs. You will walk through a gorgeous area of the Sherwin Mountain range passing the Sherwin Creek and a few sandy washes. After a mile or so, you will begin the handful of switchbacks where you gain most of your elevation. From these you gain views of Mammoth as well as the Owens Valley and the 395 highway. Most of the trail is shaded but does have an area of a past wildfire that opens the canopy up a little. After the switchbacks, the trail flattens out for almost the last 0.25 miles. The lake will be on your right hand side just over the hill, and will be noticeably low. After some log jumping and rock hopping, you will land on the sandy beach of Sherwin Lake.


  • There can be multiple dogs on the trail.
  • This is a great place to make a day of. Picnic stuff is a great plan!
  • There is a crafty little hut on the East side of the lake.
  • Mammoth is known for a little wind/breeze.


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


4.5 Miles
1000 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Scenic hike only 10 mins from the Village

The trailhead for the hike is only about 10-15 mins from the village making it very accessible. The trail gets a little steep, but is well worth it once you get to the Sherwin Lake. I recommend bringing a lunch or snacks so you can enjoy the time once you're up there. If you're looking to really get some miles in, continue on the trail and head up to Valentine lake. Just remember to take the trail to Sherwin Lake on the way back down so you don't end up at the wrong trailhead.

Great hike with the kids. Challenging, but doable. Nice little beach along the lake for a picnic.

Challenging, but doable. Nice little beach along the lake for a picnic.

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