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Valentine Lake Trail
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Valentine Lake TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2015
Hiking8.44 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking8.44 Miles
2,300 ft AEG
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My son came up for just a couple days and wanted to head home today. So I took him to lunch at his favorite restaurant in Mammoth, Grumpy’s. I had a bacon cheeseburger and felt stuffed. No one want to go hiking today, so after saying goodbye to my son, I headed back to our condo to get mike hiking gear and headed off to hike to Valentine Lake.

Along the way I spotted a large group of bucks resting under some tree. We had seen bucks under the same trees a week and a half earlies, but at the time, all I had in the way of a camera was my phone. Today I had my Nikon and my 200mm lens and got some great shots.

On to Valentine Lake. This is probably my favorite hike in the Mammoth Lakes area. I decided to hike out of the Sherwin Lakes Trail rather than hike the whole distance on the Valentine Lake Trail. It turns out that the Valentine Lake Trail is closed below the junction with the Sherwin Lakes Trail.

Unlike a week and a half earlier while hiking to Sherwin Lakes along with an entire cross country team, the trail was relatively uncrowded. I only saw about 6 people coming down and one heading up. Once I passed the Velentine Lake Trail junction, I never saw another person the entire hike.

I took a lot of photos along the way. Valentine Lake was not particularly photogenic today, but the unnamed lake below Valentine Lake looked good. On my way down, just past the bubbling spring, I spotted Lost Lake for the first time.

When I got back to the trailhead, my 4Runner was the only vehicle there. I made great time today, finishing the 10 mile trek in 4 hours. I had the trail completely to myself for over ¾ of the hike.
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