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Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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May 25, 2019
Winny Neys-Gaspersz
4mi — 12h 00m
Apr 25, 2019
Suzanne Brammer
Hiked 2/3 around. Ran into flooded areas. Hiked back.
Dec 10, 2018
Maria Montoya
Oct 20, 2018
Zach Nadler
Oct 8, 2018
Heather H
4mi
May 28, 2018
Hillary Colborn
May 9, 2018
Steven Liu
Apr 26, 2018
Scott Brown

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  4.6 from 11 votes

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#420

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