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Mirror Lake

An easy walk in Yosemite National Park with reflections of Half Dome and wildflowers all around.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  If you are looking for an easy hike to escape the larger crowds in Yosemite Valley look no further than the Mirror Lake Hike. It only... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Shuttle Stop and Trailhead

Take the free Yosemite Shuttle to stop #17, or park in the nearby parking lot for curry village or the happy Isles Trailhead and walk the extra mile to the trailhead.

The first section of the hike is along a paved road, which you will also share with bicyclists. Don’t let this discourage you, the paved road hardly takes away from the amazing... More

2. Bicycle Rental Parking

Before the final climb to the lake you will see signs for bicycle parking. If you are renting a bicycle you must park it here and continue the rest of the way on foot. If you own your bike, you can continue further up the road and lock them to a bike rack at the start of the lake.

3. Restroom

There is another restroom near the start of the lake/river

4. River and Swimming Spot

The lake (well, it’s much more of a meadow now with a river flowing through it) is a great place to spend an afternoon, especially if you have kids. The sandy shore is a perfect place to set up a picnic and you can jump in the water whenever the sun gets too hot. The water moves extremely slowly and there are several pools, which are perfect for... More

5. Loop near the Lake

Continue along the trail and turn right when you get to the fork to take a short (5-10 minutes depending on stops) to see more of the lake (which is quickly becoming a meadow).

There are more places to dip your feet into the water, and great views of Half Dome from below. If you are lucky, you the water will be so calm that the water looks like ... More

6. Restroom

There is a bathroom at the first fork, about 5 minutes from the trailhead.

7. Trail to Tenaya Lake

If you are looking for a longer hike, it's about 12 miles to Tenaya Lake in Tuolumne Meadows.