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Valentine Lake TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2014
Hiking10.20 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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I chose the longer route to Valentine Lake via Sherwin Lakes because I knew I would see autumn leaves at Sherwin Lakes. I knew would see leaves if I took the Valentine Lake trail all of the way, but I really wanted to see the Sherwin Lakes. It was a good decision.

Despite the fact that the water level at the main Sherwin Lake was the lowest I’ve ever seen it, the autumn leaves were spectacular. What surprised me though was how many aspens were up in the canyon to Valentine Lake. With such a dense pine forest, it’s easy to overlook the aspens when everything is green. When the leaves turn, the aspens stick out like a sore thumb. I knew they were there, but didn’t realize how abundant they actually were.

I took a lot of photos, but not as many as I took on my Lakes Canyon hike. Where I did shoot an overabundance of photos was at Valentine Lake. I shot a whole bunch of photos when I got there and then ate lunch. The wind completely died down and within a short while the entire lake was glassy smooth. So I shot some more photos of the lake.

This was a great hike. I had never hiked to Valentine Lake via Sherwin Lakes before. My son and I tried it 5 years ago on the day that the Sherwin Fire started. When we saw the smoke we turned around and headed back down the trail. It was a 10.2 mile hike, but it didn’t feel too strenuous.
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