Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, Yosemite National Park

3.5
#9 of 14 in Nature in Yosemite National Park
Hike around Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail and take in the beautiful scenery, including surrounding cliffs. In spring or early summer, the water swells and offers fantastic reflections, while during the low season it is playfully called "Mirror Meadow." No matter when you visit, the area offers plenty of tranquility. During your walk, be sure to check out the informational panels alongside the trail, which discuss the lake's seasonal qualities and some of the area's cultural history. Remember to wear comfortable hiking shoes and take plenty of water. To visit Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail and get the most from your holiday in Yosemite National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Yosemite National Park day trip planning website .
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  • This is a relaxing hike. The lake wasn't much to see in October (it would look better in the spring, fed by snow melt). However, we could still get the obligatory photo of Mt. Whitney reflected in the...  more »
  • Moderately long walk! Both 6åringen and 12åringen kept the good mood. Incredibly beautiful with all the fall colors!
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  • I am compelled to leave a negative judgment because the Lake was dry but because left by bus to the lookout there wasn't even a sign warned as the lake itself reported point of interest also because from the Lake it takes more than half hour therefore advised not to visit it in the fall and winter but consider it around April or may better
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Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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