Mirror Lake Day Hike

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Mirror Lake Day Hike

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Happy Isle Loop Road
(Yosemite Valley)
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


+1 209 372 0200

NileGuide Expert tip:

Cyclists can ride up to the edge of the lake, but must be very careful to control speed on the descent. Because of the hazard, rented bikes at not allowed up here.


In a neat demonstration of sedimentary processes, Mirror Lake has been gradually filling up with sand, so (except in the springtime) it is not as mirror-like as it once was.  Nonetheless, the lake's banks do provide a glorious view straight up Half Dome's face. Start from Shuttle Stop 17. This is considered an easy walk, with a mild uphill grade. The distance is just about a mile, and if you didn't care about fully experiencing this nice part of Tenaya Canyon you could complete the round-trip in about an hour. This area can get crowded in summer. In winter hikers must start from Shuttle Stop 19, which adds another mile to the trip. In summer months, there is access for vehicles with current disability placards.


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