Mirror Lake and Tenaya Creek Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Mirror Lake and Tenaya Creek Trail

Mirror Lake and Tenaya Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"If you can make only one snowshoe trip in Yosemite, let this be the one. Astonishing views of stark granite peaks and domes, scenic creekside strolling, and an aptly named lake that reflects its mountainous surroundings, this route offers a lot at little energy expense. Rust colored, boulder-strewn Tenaya Creek is a precious gem of a stream that gets lovelier and more remote with each step east of Mirror Lake. Everyone assumes that since popular Half Dome looms triumphantly above Mirror Lake that its vertical face reflected in Mirror Lake takes center stage, but it’s Mount Watkins to the east that is often photographed in the lake’s shallow and usually calm waters."

More Mirror Lake and Tenaya Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This easy loop day hike leads to one of the most isolated corners of the valley by way of a favorite family picnic and wading spot. If you head out early in the morning, you can complete the entire hike in solitude. If you have come just to splash in the lake or to photograph the famous reflection, your out-and-back hike is less than 2 miles."

Mirror Lake and Tenaya Creek Trail Reviews

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4/17/2006
Beautiful hike in a lightly falling rain (snow falling on the high country.
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11/14/2002
This is an easy, well-maintained hike that is GORGEOUS during fall. The fall foliage colors are beautiful, and Mirror Lake is spectacular! The simple beauty of it makes this hike worth the time!
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Trail Information

Yosemite National Park
Nearby City
6
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4–6 hours
Duration
Winter
Season
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Half Dome
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018