Summary: This is a very easy, and very popular hike to pretty Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is located at the base of spectacular Half Dome. Reflections from Mt. Watkins can be seen here in spring (late afternoon is the best time of day). In the summer, Mirror Lake may be dried up.
Additional hiking options can be had by continuing on the dirt trail past Mirror Lake, which crosses Tenaya Creek about a mile past Mirror Lake, and returns on the south side of Tenaya Creek (no bikes on this section).
The trail is paved and is wheelchair accessible, though the last part goes up a small hill, which will require assistance.
Trailhead: From Yosemite Village, drive towards Curry Village and follow the signs to Pines campground. You will cross a bridge over the Merced River and the road will end. Turn left here into the Stables parking lot. (Lat:37.74032 Lon:-119.5641)
Trail Guides for Mirror Lake Trail:
Hiking Yosemite National Park
by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Publishing)
Yosemite National Park - A Natural History Guide to Yosemite and its Trails
by Jeffrey Schaffer (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-0200
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Leon Turnbull, who has posted 17 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Mylene on 8/4/2008
We hiked this last week of May 2008. It is very nice! Though you must be careful of which trail to hike as we hiked the horse trail(before the bridge) which is not as easy as the paved trail after the bridge.
Reviewed by Mike on 5/25/2005
Regarding handicapped access, you can drive up to the lake if you have a handicapped license plate or placard. "Hiking" around the loop may require assistance though.
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