Mirror Lake Trail

EASY 63 reviews
#10 of 142 trails in

Mirror Lake Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

5.0 miles 399 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

An easy walk in Yosemite National Park with reflections of Half Dome and wildflowers all around. If you are looking for an easy hike to escape the larger crowds in Yosemite Valley, look no further than the Mirror Lake Trail. It only takes a short while along this 2-mile out-and-back hike, but you may find yourself spending all day at the river admiring the wonderful scenery.

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7 days ago

1 month ago

This was a fun and easy trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Got up extra early and hit the road for a little morning hiking. I got to the trail at around 7:15am or so and basically had the entire trial to myself and only saw maybe 3 or 4 people until I got back to the end of the bike path. The sun didn't hit the valley floor until around quarter till 10 in this area so I had the entire hike in shade. Mirror lake is bone dry right now which sucked but other than that it was a pleasant 5-ish mile hike on relatively even ground. Sunrise was pretty watching the valley light up and make North Dome glow.

Bugs started coming out around 8:30ish, and I switched to a bug net to minimize the annoyance. I can imagine they get pretty annoying when there's more water in the creek.

It was pleasant, pretty, cool, alone, and I got to watch the sunrise on the north side of the valley. It's not a technical or even particularly challenging hike but I enjoyed it.

3 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

Knowing we weren't going to find much water in late August, it was still a great way to start the hiking week, starting on this direction east into the valley. Excellent views of The Dome. Nice little loop to pass Mirror Lake and continue on until you cross the bridge and come back down along the other side. Then stay on Valley Floor loop trail which stays in the woods to go back towards your lodging!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is paved all the way up the slow inclining walk. This trail is a very populated area during the summer. Your walk takes you back to the area they call Mirror Lake. The reflection of Half Dome off of the water was amazing. Great family trail, with the option of swimming and playing in the lake. Bathrooms available in the area.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice and easy both in summer and winter. Can be a bit slick in winter months, which adds to the fun of it.

hiking
5 months ago

Went in the evening on our first day in the Park, about 4 pm... was beautiful and a nice introduction to the beauty of Yosemite. Very easy.

6 months ago

An easy trail .

walking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

One of the more heavily joked trails due to its ease I personally found this trail of you will to be easy and minimal in beauty. The lake at the end is more like a swamp. If you get there early in the morning or late in the evening the lake will be like a mirror reflecting the surrounding mountain sides hence the name.

hiking
6 months ago

Went the first week of May, and it was in good shape, but it disappears as the snow melts off. Definitely recommend the hiker (back) trail over the paved one, it's much prettier, and the traffic is significantly less.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is mostly flat, plenty of shade. The deeper you go (past 1 mile), the more wet and cold it gets so bring boots. There is a stony road somewhere in the trail that leads to a series of piles of stones which is really cool! I guess over time folks have piled stones on here.

hiking
6 months ago

Simple, easy hike. The lake is more of a pond. Trail is mostly flat, plenty of shade. I would recommend the longer 4 mile loop because it goes deeper and offers more views on the canyons. The deeper you go (past 1 mile), the more wet and cold it gets so bring boots. There is a stoney road somewhere in the trail that leads to a series of piles of stones which is really cool! I guess over time folks have piled stones on here.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Moderate