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Mirror Lake

Explore a jewel of a lake located between North Dome and Half Dome. It is the final remnant of an ancient glacial lake that once covered Yosemite.

For a unique perspective of Half Dome, plus stunning views of Mount Watkins, Washington Column and Tenaya Canyon, visit Mirror Lake. Yosemite National Park’s seasonal lake provides a great hiking destination any time of year. 

The trail begins at shuttle stop #17. Stroll along the paved path that leads directly to the lake. At 2 miles (3 kilometers) round-trip, this is a great option for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. Complete the whole hike in less than 1 hour.

For a more in-depth experience at Mirror Lake, continue beyond the paved path on a trail that loops around the lake. Follow the trail along Tenaya Creek to the Snow Creek Trail junction, cross two bridges and circle along Mirror Lake’s shoreline south of Tenaya Canyon. Give yourself about 2 to 3 hours to hike the complete 5-mile (8-kilometer) loop around the lake. 

Despite its name, Mirror Lake does not have visible water for a good part of the year. The lake is most full in spring and early summer, when melting snow increases Tenaya Creek’s flow. Many refer to Mirror Lake as Mirror Meadow in late summer, because a lack of water turns much of the lake bed into a sandy and grassy area.

As you walk along the trail, check out the informative exhibits that explain how Mirror Lake developed geologically and delve into the area’s cultural history. Watch for wildlife such as coyotes and bobcats. When the lake does have water, enjoy shimmering reflections of Half Dome and other granite peaks on the surface. 

You can traverse the first part of the trail by bike. When you approach the end of the paved section, either return to the trailhead or leave your bike in the rack here and continue the loop hike on foot.

Explore Mirror Lake year-round. The trail may have some ice and snow in winter, especially along Tenaya Creek’s southern bank.


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The Ahwahnee £360
The Ahwahnee

The Ahwahnee

9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is steps away from Ahwahnee Meadow and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Yosemite Valley Lodge £185
    Yosemite Valley Lodge

    Yosemite Valley Lodge

    9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Visitor Center is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

      Curry Village
      Curry Village

      Curry Village

      9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Yosemite National Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yosemite Mountaineering School and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Brookside Cottage
        Brookside Cottage

        Brookside Cottage

        7201 Yosemite Parkway, Yosemite National Park, CA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cottage is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lukens Lake Trailhead and within 12 miles (20 km) of Yosemite Valley and Olmsted Point. Tenaya Lake and Murphy Creek Trailhead are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          Forest Glen-yw
          Forest Glen-yw

          Forest Glen-yw

          7515 Henness Circle, Yosemite National Park, CA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Yosemite National Park, this holiday home is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lukens Lake Trailhead and within 12 miles (20 km) of Yosemite Valley and Olmsted Point. Tenaya Lake and Murphy Creek Trailhead are also within 12 miles (20 km).

            Timberlodge Cabin
            Timberlodge Cabin

            Timberlodge Cabin

            7458 Yosemite Parkway, Yosemite National Park, CA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lukens Lake Trailhead and within 12 miles (20 km) of Yosemite Valley and Olmsted Point. Tenaya Lake and Murphy Creek Trailhead are also within 12 miles (20 km).

              Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite
              Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite

              Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite

              7210 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Yosemite National Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms
                Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms

                Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms

                7507 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Yosemite National Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).