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Mirror Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 250' 76 m
Descent: -226' -69 m
High: 4,158' 1,267 m
Low: 3,998' 1,218 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A magnificent tour trough Tenaya Canyon and around Mirror Lake.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy trail with exhibits along the way and great views of Mirrow Lake.

Description

The loop follows Tenaya Creek beyond the lake, and crosses two bridges after the Snow Creek Trail junction before returning past Mirror Lake on the south side of Tenaya Canyon. (There is no safe access to the north side of Mirror Lake directly from the south side of the loop, except via bridges at the west and east ends of the trail).

Mirror Lake has little water much of the year and, while pleasant at any time of year, it is fullest in spring and early summer, when Tenaya Creek flows freely with fresh snowmelt. When water is calm, the lake offers beautiful reflections of surrounding cliffs. Exhibits along the trail tell the story of Mirror Lake's lake-to-meadow succession, and also highlight some of the cultural history of the area. Mirror Lake is often referred to as Mirror Meadow in late summer due to the lack of water and the influx of grasses and sandy areas.

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Check-Ins

Sep 17, 2019
Aislinn Fletcher
Sep 15, 2019
Joni H
Sep 6, 2019
Josephine Yeo
Half loop only. Lake dried up.
Aug 24, 2019
Myth Leeann
Aug 12, 2019
A A
Aug 2, 2019
C Becker
Jul 12, 2019
Isabell Krueer
May 25, 2019
W NE
4mi — 12h 00m

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  4.6 from 13 votes

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#52

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#371

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Photos

Half Dome towering above Mirror Lake/Meadow
May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Yosemite National Park, Mirror Lake Trail
May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Yosemite National Park, Mirror Lake Trail
May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Mirror Lake Loop in the summer
Jun 25, 2018 near Yosemit…, CA
A beautiful rainy day at Mirror Lake, as seen from the Mirror Lake Access Road.
Dec 17, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Valley walls reflection in Mirror Lake
Dec 24, 2018 near Yosemit…, CA

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