Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, 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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  • We went early one morning while in the park to see Mirror lake. This is a nice little walk the pretty much anyone could do. There are a few ups and downs but nothing strenuous. The first part from the...  more »
  • There was enough water in the lake during our mid-June visit to provide some nice reflections. We wanted to do the Mirror Lake Loop, but got confused about where the trail was heading and got off the ...  more »
  • Being honest, you can let go of this attraction. Indeed, in the Lake nicely bounces off Half Dome at sunset, but the whole neighborhood is like a neglected and dirty. Fortunately, the journey is not long.
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  • Breath taking! A real experience to live. This lake is so amazing that we didn't want to go back. You need to walk in the forest for 30 min average. Make sure that you have strong walking shoes to get to the point where you will have the best view. The wild life is amazing bit beware of the mountain lions...
  • Lake is good for fishing. There is an old mill off to one side past the water fall. Separate handicap parking for the lake. Gives good access to the lake on a smoother path to waterfall and lake.
  • It is a great place and worth visiting. Trail is not very complex and hicking will not take much time and efforts. Lake really looks like a mirror for surrounding mountains.
  • Very picturesque in a good season, else can seem over-hyped.
  • This was the only let down of this vacation. This is a man made pond. They are letting it naturally dry up. It was never a lake. Too me a lake is something I can drive a speed boat through. You couldn't even take a canoe through this. It's only 1 foot deep. Picture a small pond with a river running through it. When I say small, I mean smaller than a football field. It's probably only 100 ft wide. That's all it is. I'm not sure how this particular location gets such great reviews! You people must not be seeing all of the other much much better views that are in Yosemite. Take my advice and don't waste your time at this stop.
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