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

snow

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.

hiking
2 days ago

easy going trail with good views!

hiking
2 days ago

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.

hiking
3 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike best in the spring. I went the first week of April and all of the waterfalls were amazing! It was also fun to go over the stream from a waterfall to get to the trail at the beginning. The area by the lake can get a little crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy, flat, non technical hike, has some good views of half dome.
The water level in the "lake" are almost non existent late December 2017

1 month ago

Pleasant hike. We encountered a calm snacking buck and an alarmed black squirrel. Water levels are dreadfully low right now but it's beautiful nonetheless.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fun and easy hike that will give you great views of the surrounding granite cliffs. It’s an excellent place to have a picnic with the family.

hiking
1 month ago

I took my 2.5 year old on this trail. It was very easy and she walked the whole way there and most of the way back. We started at half dome village. It was very crowded, but we went the day before new years eve so yosemite was packed. The "lake"(I would call it a large pond) was exceedingly beautiful and worth every step it took to get there. I highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

great views, easy hike .

2 months ago

Fun, easy trail with minimal elevation gain but it’s fairly crowded. Not a trail to get away from others

3 months ago

Easy walk within the valley. Some nice views of the surrounding mountains.

3 months ago

Easy and beautiful .

3 months ago

Beautiful easy walk in every season.

3 months ago

Great service

3 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

The lake is gorgeous, there are great photo opportunities on the way. The hike is easy. What more could you ask for!

hiking
4 months ago

The lake is drought

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