Summary: The Snow Creek Falls Trail starts about a mile from one of Yosemite Valley's most popular destinations, Mirror Lake or Mirror Meadow as it is now known. This hike is on par with the hike to the top of Yosemite Falls, so it shouldn't be taken lightly. The views rising above Tenaya Canyon are not to be missed. One thing I did miss was the actual waterfall, as the trail doesn't pass right by it. Still the hike was rather enjoyable and the views from the top are well worth the effort. I did the hike in May and water was plentuful, but by summer it may be harder to come by until the river, so be prepared. As always, bring that camera!
For more details and photos visit my website The Backcountry: Snow Creek Falls Trail.
Trailhead: Depending on your location, enter Yosemite National Park via highway 120, 140 or 41. Be prepared to pay $20 for the entrance fee. Once in the park head to Yosemite Valley. Park in the day use parking lot and take the free shuttle bus to "Mirror Lake". The trail "begins" at the end of the road to Mirror Lake, approximately one mile. (Lat:37.77338 Lon:-119.53949)
Trail Guides for Snow Creek Falls Trail, Yosemite NP:
Yosemite National Park
by Jeffrey P. Schaffer (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Yosemite Wilderness Center (209) 372-0740
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Mike Matenkosky, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Nelson on 6/15/2005
Very strenuous. Most of the climbing is in a section with the highest elevation gain in the shortest distance of any trail out of the valley. At the top of the climb, as you hear the water falls, you must leave the trail and take a couple small side trails and follow Snow Creek downstream for about 100 yards, and you will come to a large flat area with amazing views. Half Dome is directly in your face. Gorgeous views of Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon, and Basket Dome. Well worth the effort!
Reviewed by Jlee on 10/26/2004
Was the perfect hike to celebrate our wedding!
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