Mirror Lake Trail

EASY 188 reviews
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Mirror Lake Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mariposa, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
390 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

49 minutes ago

We weren't able to finish the trail due to unpreparedness for walking through freezing cold water for 20 min. In dryer summers, I'm guessing this is not an issue. Also tons of mosquitos

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

The trail is okay. TONS of mosquitoes so wear insect repellent! Portion of this trail is very majestic like Lord of the Rings forest majestic! Did a portion of this but turned back because the trail was beyond flooded.

hiking
5 days ago

This was on OK trail. About 2 miles, but I think you can do both sides of the river. We were on the rustic side. Saw a bobcat! The mirror image is nice, but underwhelming. Shuttle stops at the trailhead.

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hiking
11 days ago

Great views from the Tenaya Creek valley of Half Dome and North Dome. Busy on the lower ends later in the day. South side of the trail is wet and flooded for stretches. Easy enough for most hikers. We started at the Majestic eastbound on the Valley Loop Trail and picked up the MLT about a mile or so out. Total round trip from the hotel to the bridge at Snow Creek, returning on south side was 6.75 miles.

11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful view of Half Dome. I couldn't get the reflection of Half Dome and it in a photo no matter from where I stood - you must need special photography equipment. Could get it all of Mt Watkins, though! The view of Half Dome is lovely though- you get to be so close

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serene

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19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Mirror Lake Trail is so pretty and perfect for anyone looking for a little bit of everything. There's waterfalls, beautiful granite, tall trees, lush moss, and of course the lake. Half Dome is gorgeous as always.

We did the entire loop and felt it was well worth the extra effort. There is a portion of the trail that was flooded - the water was ice cold and the granite is unforgiving on bare feet. Anyone looking to do the entire loop should bring or wear the proper gear to pass through. If you have the right gear, you'll agree that this trail is easy.

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