Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail

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Mirror Lake via Valley Loop 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
265 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 loop trail in Yosemite National Park, the pathway around Mirror Lake is a must-see for its beautiful reflections of Half Dome and its abundance of wildflowers during the early summer months. Mirror Lake is a seasonal lake located on Tenaya Creek and situated in Tenaya Canyon directly between North Dome and Half Dome. It is the last remnant of a large glacial lake that once filled Yosemite Valley. This is a well-marked trail and significantly less crowded than other trails in the park. The trailhead is at the far east end of Yosemite Valley and many visitors take the free shuttle bus or hike east from Curry Village or the Ahwahnee Hotel where there is a parking area and drinking water is available. The shuttle stops directly at the trailhead. There's a one mile paved trail walkway and bike path along Tenaya Creek to the north side of the lake and an unpaved trail along the south side.

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7 days ago

Easy and beautiful .

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29 days ago

Beautiful easy walk in every season.

29 days ago

Great service

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29 days ago

Very cool and easy family hike with small children. This time of the year the lake has a bit of water. Still a spectacular view. Hike back on the other end of the loop is more fun for the children with a lot of bouldering.

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1 month ago

Easy trail with beautiful, iconic valley views. Be sure to do the full 5 mile loop.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike by Mirror Lake. We went in Oct and there was still enough water to see the reflection of Half Dome. Saw a big buck deer by the water and a big rockfall just past the lake. Took a break at the turn around point and took in the view back down the creek. Easy hike with not much elevation change. The second half of the loop is a paved road for the shuttle buses. Still beautiful though.

1 month ago

Not mountain bike friendly at all, wish I knew before going, really bad trail

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