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Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, Yosemite National Park

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#9 of 14 in Nature in Yosemite National Park
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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. Put Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail at the forefront of your travel plans using our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary maker.
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  • We went here in mid June, and we had enough water for a beautiful reflection. It is an easy walk with no climbs. The trail was also super fun to explore, and we really enjoyed seeing a created rock st...  more »
  • We arrived at mirror lake on one of the free Shuttle Buses, parking anywhere on the valley floor can be difficult as the day wears on so we parked at half dome village at around 9:15 in the morning an...  more »
  • Our guide from Yosemite Family Adventures took us on the this trail and it was worth the walk. The path was paved and only had a few steeper stops. It was a great view once we got there and the water ...  more »

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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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