Sherwin Lakes, California

November 30, 2020


Photographer: Cindy Todd
Summary Author: Cindy Todd

Sherwin Lakes Trailhead is less than 3 miles (4.8 km) from the town of Mammoth Lakes (about 7,880 feet or 2,400 m) in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada. The trail itself is about a 4.5-mile (7.2 km) hike round-trip. The average elevation is around 8,270 feet (2,520 m). It's a beautiful hike, due in part to the towering conifers and scenic views of Long Valley Caldera in the distance. For me, the sunrise reflection on Sherwin Lakes of the mountain in the background was especially enticing (shown above).

This is one of the most volcanically active areas of the contiguous United States. For example, the numerous hot springs are all heated by volcanic activity. In fact, the town of Mammoth Lakes sits within the Long Valley Caldera which was created by an eruption approximately 760,000 years ago. Today, you'll find obsidian, basalt, pumice, tuff, rhyolite and more all around the area.

Photo Details: Camera NIKON COOLPIX L610; Exposure Time 0.017s (1/60); Aperture ƒ/3.3; ISO equivalent 125; Focal Length (35mm) 25