Mirror Lake Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite National Park, 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.
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.
There appeared to be several routes to get to mirror lake. There are both an old paved road that goes directly to it and actual trails. We did a bit of both, but we're confused as to the recommended route.
The trip to the lake itself is heavily trafficked. The full trail around the lake is much less so. We went in February and saw too many people to count.
The trail head has a bus stop, but cars can't get there (I think the stables was as close as you can get). If you have to walk to the start however, it's scenic and there is plenty of street and lot parking further out.
There is a vault toilet at the lake itself. As mentioned, the signage to the lake was confusing as there seemed to be several routes. However, it runs along a river so it'd be difficult to get lost. Once going around the lake it's much clearer.
If hiking this trail for the purpose of seeing the mirror effect in the lake, make sure to check the weather. It was drizzly and cloudy for us, so the effect was lost.
Overall this was a pretty trail as an out and back to the lake, but is more fulfilling to do the entire loop.
Varied terrain. Several great stops for pictures. Branches off to Snow Creek trail for an even longer excursion.
Great easy hike allows you to see campsites, wildlife, and great views of Yosemite from the valley floor. Easy for anyone to complete.
Pretty easy loop east side of trail had some flooding and fallen trees but maneuvered around. Recommend accessing snow creek trail after completing
Easy except for downed trees.
Easy and fun. The lake doesn't really mirror the half dome, but anyway its beautiful view, fun and easy trail. Yosemite shuttles pass by parallel to this trail, so you can choose do one way hiking and take shuttle back.
As with just about every trail in Yosemite, the crowds of people are overwhelming. This trail, however, is worth it, especially in the spring when it's actually a lake, not a pond or puddle. Our three year old (At the time) was not able to make the entire walk and had to be carried.
Mirror Lake Loop lived up to its name. Yosemite had beautiful weather this day. The loop trail had a quiet and relaxed experience only encountering people maybe every 10-15 minutes. This trail offers great scenery of trees and the Merced river. you get to observe the beautiful mountain face on both sides. Elevation gain was only moderate a total of 1 mile of the trail. Snow shoes recommended after fresh snow fall. From parking lot it's about 6.03 miles. taking the Yosemite bus stop it's about 5.13 miles. Highly recommended, I will return.
easy but beautiful
Easy, pretty hike with great views of the valley floor. Lots of deer and wild life in this area
Very icy in late December was able to walk on Mirror Lake. Nice views or half dome!
It was an easy hike and the lake was completely dried up. The view of Half Dome was spectacular.