Mirror Lake and Tenaya Canyon

Wawona, California 95389

Mirror Lake and Tenaya Canyon

Mirror Lake and Tenaya Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"This hike follows Tenaya Creek up the glaciated Tenaya Canyon. The trail travels through a cedar, fir, and oak tree forest. The hike includes a visit to what was once Mirror Lake. The lake has filled in and become a marshy area with a shallow pool of water and a sand bar beach. From the lake is a magnificent view of Mount Watkins and one of Yosemite's premiere views of Half Dome."

More Mirror Lake and Tenaya Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a walk of contrasts—much of your walk is quiet, taking you along a less-used trail through tall conifer forests hugging the northern cliff faces at the east end of Yosemite Valley. When you reach Mirror Lake, the sense of enclosure is punctuated by expansive and stunning views of Tenaya Canyon and the north face of Half Dome—and a short time later your calm is interrupted by hordes of people marching up the paved Mirror Lake Trail to swim in one of two large water holes below the lake. Take this walk early in the day to avoid the crowds. This hike can be completed any time there isn’t significant snow in Yosemite Valley."

Mirror Lake and Tenaya Canyon Reviews

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Too easy and flat for my liking..but very beautiful though.
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Trail Information

Wawona
Nearby City
4.4
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Half Dome, Yosemite Falls
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018