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Beautiful views and easy walks for kids. Falls are incredible but very busy with lingering tourists.

Don’t let Keynes photos fool you. This is a dirt road track following the forests river/ falls. Not much shade. You are basically hiking through the remains of a forest fire from several years ago. It’s not a terrible hike but there are much better ones around. My wife and 2 year old hiked for a while. Gave up, stopped on a random flat spot by the road and had lunch. The best part of it was the sound of the falls and nobody else around.

Absolutely gorgeous seasonal lake. We hiked to this trail on 4/19 from the Majestic Yosemite Hotel at about 9:00 AM on a snowy morning. There was no snow on the trail, but it’s flat and paved so even if there was it would be doable. By 10:30 the trail was much more crowded. We couldn’t get around the loop because it was flooded but the views were amazing and worth it. Have brunch at the Majestic Yosemite and treat yourself to this trail.

Beautiful trail every step of the five miles. The incredible mountains on either side are stunning, and the Mirror Lake is so nice. Not a big lake by any means, but the reflection of the mountains on the lake is very good to see. I’d recommend going counterclockwise so you see the Mirror Lake toward the end of your hike. The five mile hike with only a couple hundred feet of climb isn’t all that easy at the Yosemite altitude, but still worth it.

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18 days ago

The hike up to the falls was extremely easy but the view of the falls coming down the cliffs was spectacular. Would highly recommend for all ages. I suggest parking on the road slightly past the trail because it was extremely hard to find a parking spot. Great choice for a first day and super refreshing to feel the most from the falls spraying up at you. *bring a poncho or rain jacket if you do not want to get wet.

The lake was beautiful and the view of the mountains reflected off the water was priceless. I would highly recommend to anyone willing to walk a while. Other hikers were extremely nice and There were large boulders that were great for climbing (without a harness needed). Will definitely want to do this again. The water in the lake was not the cleanest and was extremely freezing but there were multiple kids swimming in the water. Overall: spectacular views, beautiful trail through the trees, nice people, great hike.

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20 days ago

A nice easy trail if that is what you are looking for, and spectacular falls. Good for the whole family, best in the springtime.

I explored the park and took a lot of great pics on wed 3/28/2018. I had arrived in Yosemite around noon so I didn't want to start any of the long or challenging hikes too late. This one was a good alernative. I was able to get some exercise in and complete a new trail in the process.

Quick and easy trail. 100% worth the time and effort. You can get soaked on a hot day if you like, or just get some awesome photos of the base of the fall

Really easy, shorter hike. Hiked in October and were the only ones on the trail!

Easy trail.

I went on March 19 and it was a delight, with snow still on the ground. Slippery in parts of the paved trail, so it’s better sometimes to go off the trail just a little bit and clamber up and down. Excellent atmosphere, filled with spray from the falls and the roar of the water when you get to the top of the trail.

Walked the path today 3/25/18. Path is very well marked out. We walked only to Mirror lake and then turned around from there. Hike was very easy but unfortunately the lake wasn’t quite a lake as the water levels are low. It was hard to get a nice picture of the reflections. However, it did mean that we were able to walk into the middle of what would be the lake and see half dome from a different a very beautiful point. Would definitely recommend for all of all hiking abilities. Happy hiking!

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29 days ago

Awesome Trail , went with my 7 yr old. it was so icy and dangerous when we went.
My son loves it , but i had to slide down to the trail on the ice yet it was Fantastic

Short and sweet, just the way it was meant to be. Pretty cool in the rain. They’re going to be renovating the trail soon, to make it more accessible and crowd-friendly, better bathrooms, better parking lot, etc.

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1 month ago

*Lots* of snow on the trail on 3/11/18. Still made it all the way without snowshoes. Snow was about 1-1.5 feet deep for a lot of the trail. Only saw one other person on the trail on a Sunday!

Wonderful long hiking loop. Option to follow paved bike path or hiking trail. Hiking trail in early March 2018 still had lots of snow in some parts but bike path was cleared (some areas need to take the road, but little traffic and most areas have paved bike path.) Hiking trail is uneven in parts with some climbing. Fine for most but not wheel accessible.

If you want to see a waterfall but are short on time, this is one to see. Best time to go is in the spring/early summer when the snow is melting.

The lake is more like a pond but still pretty. The 90 degree angled granite in the background is what will take your breath away though.

Did this in the winter and it was a beautiful.

Just give yourself enough time to get up and back before dark. Don’t take ANY detours. We did and have quite the nightmare story. If I were to do it again I would be smarter and use the trail.

Such a beautiful snowy day for a wonderful trail

started my hike at Yosemite village, went to half dome village,then on to mirror lake, absolutely beautiful there, from there I went to the ahwanee hotel where I ate my lunch on the back lawn and felt like a king.after lunch I set off for Yosemite falls,then walked through cooks meadow to sentinel bridge.came in February in hopes of seeing horsetail falls at sunset but alas we're back in a drought year and there just haven't been enough precipitation, but I'm not disappointed, after all I'm in Yosemite it's beautiful here and no crowds!

I give the Valley Loop 5 stars because of its versatility. The whole thing is over 20 miles, so you can plan a good route between viewpoints you’re looking for. Also, my biggest factor is that you can bring your dog! I walked with my pup from the Valley Loop parking lot (this app directs you there), passed the Lower Falls, to Mirror Lake and back. Dogs apparently aren’t supposed to go in the creek, but the trail access we took didn’t have a sign. We went on Presidents Day, so the Falls were packed and the lake a bit busy. The rest of the trail was still pretty barren considering a holiday weekend. The trail obviously doesn’t have Glacier Point type views, but it was beautiful and enjoyable nonetheless. There are restrooms and water every few miles.
For any hike, it’s best to get to the park at or before opening if you can. Parking and traffic is pretty heinous otherwise, even in the off season because certain roads are closed. It took us 50 minutes to go 11 miles. Plus someone stole our dogs water bowl that we tucked under the car which is super weird...

easy going trail with good views!

Just a short walk to the trailhead from Upper Pines Campground, which is where we camped. It was an easy hike, and we enjoyed the beautiful views of Half Dome. We were surprised to find the water level at Mirror Lake was pretty low at this time of year, but a nice walk nonetheless.

Beautiful hike, lots of amazing views. Saw two doe mule deer yesterday. Went around in a clockwise direction, this brings you by the interpretive section at the beginning of the hike.

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