Mirror Lake Trail

EASY 225 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike for beginners, families, or bikers. But I went in summer when the lake has somewhat drained. It's considered a seasonal lake so make sure you see it in the spring to see an actual lake. It's a nice area for swimming. Lots and lots of gnats though

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3 days ago

I did this back in 2010 so my memory is a bit slim on the details. I recall it to be an easy hike one can do with the whole family. Mirror lake certainly lives up to it's name as it reflects Half Dome perfectly on a calm, clear day. Awesome picture opportunities. There were lots of flowers here too, and a few meadows.

4 days ago

Very easy, too many people. Great for beginner or day hikers.

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7 days ago

7 days ago

Nice hike, but gnats everywhere on the hike.

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14 days ago

16 days ago

It was a relaxing hike. The small pond formed by Tenaya River was a good place to swim or cool down. The east side of the trail doesn't really connect with the west side on the halfway as shown on some maps, so if you don't want to get wet by crossing the river, you may want to choose the side before starting hiking, or you can walk back the same route, or complete the loop which takes much longer time.

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16 days ago

Didn't follow the established trail here. We parked at the Ahwahnee Meadow (north side) picnic area between the medical center and Ahwahnee hotel. Took the valley loop trail out to Mirror lake and came back on the bike trail. We saw a rattlesnake on the side of the trail on the way out and saw a bear on the bank of Tenaya creek on the way back. Bear was spotted about 100-200 yards east of the backpackers camp - how cool! We also saw 6 deer in Ahwahnee Meadow near Yosemite village when we returned. Nice little loop about 5 miles total

hiking
17 days ago

It was an enjoyable hike this is the first time I've used this app enjoyed seeing my progress on recording to know we were on the right track it was beautiful and rewarded ourselves with my birthday lunch at the Majestic Awanei hotel

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17 days ago

nice little stroll to kill time while camping at yosemite valley backpackers camp

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22 days ago

Really pretty hike and we saw a mother deer resting in a meadow with her two babies...very sweet! There was lots of water activity in the lake itself, with plenty of kids playing and picnics. Very nice, family environment. Once you get past the lake, you enter a boulder area, which can be a little harder to hike through. It is also pretty deserted, as most people seem to stop at the lake and turn around. There are some inclines, most had steps.

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22 days ago

25 days ago

This was a pretty easy trail to walk. We took off our shoes to wade through the icy cold waters of the lake. Our kids had so much fun playing in the water. Even though there were a lot of people around, there were plenty of places to sit and relax!

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