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Mirror Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (16)

A magnificent tour trough Tenaya Canyon and around Mirror Lake.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

4,158' 1,267 m

High

3,998' 1,218 m

Low

250' 76 m

Up

226' 69 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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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.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Brian Smith

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  4.4 from 16 votes

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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
Valley walls reflection in Mirror Lake
Dec 24, 2018 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

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Jun 27, 2020
Melissa McCormick
Jun 12, 2020
Gaby Chio
4mi — 9h 00m
Mar 6, 2020
G Duff
Jan 5, 2020
Madeline Esquivel
Dec 29, 2019
Percival Xu
4mi — 3h 00m
Dec 28, 2019
Margo V
Oct 27, 2019
Randy Mewhirter
Beautiful fall hike 4.4mi
Sep 18, 2019
Emily Faust
The lake wasn't full, but the stream and view from the valley was amazing. We laid under a tree and had a beer while enjoying the view