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Hike around Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail and take in the beautiful scenery, including surrounding cliffs. In spring or early summer, the water swells and offers fantastic reflections, while during the low season it is playfully called "Mirror Meadow." No matter when you visit, the area offers plenty of tranquility. During your walk, be sure to check out the informational panels alongside the trail, which discuss the lake's seasonal qualities and some of the area's cultural history. Remember to wear comfortable hiking shoes and take plenty of water. To visit Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail and get the most from your holiday in Yosemite National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.
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Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail reviews
To get to Mirror Lake you walk a decent distance next to the Merced river. You can also take a different way back through the woods where there are many large boulders and tall trees. The walk is...
To get to Mirror Lake you walk a decent distance next to the Merced river. You can also take a different way back through the woods where there are many large boulders and tall trees. The walk is... more »
If you go with the expectation of a Banff or Swiss Alps style photo opportunity you will be disappointed. The trail is very easy to follow and offers good footing, and is mostly level so good for...
If you go with the expectation of a Banff or Swiss Alps style photo opportunity you will be disappointed. The trail is very easy to follow and offers good footing, and is mostly level so good for... more »
This was a great family hike. We went in October when there is no water, none, but we knew that ahead of time from reading about it. It was still very cool. The first part of the hike winds through...
This was a great family hike. We went in October when there is no water, none, but we knew that ahead of time from reading about it. It was still very cool. The first part of the hike winds through... more »
Nice little walk to get to the lake. Very fast, and very accessible. The charm is crazy but from April the level is quite low, after that I fear that the lake will dry up quickly…
An easy walk through the woods takes you to mirror lake. It is a breathtaking place. Be sure you are there at the right moment in the morning to see the perfect reflections on the lake.
Definitely one of my favorite sights in Yosemite. The view of the lake is just breathtaking with the majestic half dome standing in the distance! Easy hike - about 45 min each way from Yosemite Village. The incline gets slightly steep toward the end of the hike but it’s mostly flat. The entire trail is paved so it’s good for beginner hikers and families, however the old dirt trail runs alongside the paved route for much of the way, so you can get some variety in scenery. There are several patches of ice along the way, though most can be avoided. Many people slip on the ice in the parking lot so watch your steps there, in particular.
Mirror lake shares the same trailhead with Mist Trail. There are 3 ways to get to the trail head: * Take the free shuttle to the trailhead (Shuttle Stop 17) * From happy isles, follow the paved road to the trailhead (about 0.5 mile) * From happy isles, take the trail along the paved road to the trailhead. From the trailhead to the lake, it is about one mile paved service road with little elevation. It is an really easy hike ( total 2 mile round trip, 100 feet elevation). If you want more challenge, you can continue the hike passed the lake, and there is a loop trail following the Tenaya Creek. After crossing two bridges, you can return to the lake with snow creek trail. Mirror lake is dry most of the year. The best time to visit is when there are a lot of water in the lake, otherwise, you will never understand why it gets the name of mirror lake. The reflection of surrounding cliffs is breath-taking.
Great place to hike with small kids. Plan to spend 2 to 4 hours. ADA accessible. Amazing view of half dome. Kids will enjoying the shallow lake and exploring the grassy fields Mirror Lake has little water much of the year and, while pleasant at any time of year, it is fullest in spring and early summer, when Tenaya Creek flows freely with fresh snowmelt. When water is calm, the lake offers beautiful reflections of surrounding cliffs. Mirror Lake is often referred to as Mirror Meadow in late summer due to the lack of water and the influx of grasses and sandy areas.
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