Mirror Lake - Tenaya Canyon Loop

Yosemite, California 95389

Mirror Lake - Tenaya Canyon Loop

Mirror Lake - Tenaya Canyon Loop Professional Guide

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"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."

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50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Elizabeth Wenk
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"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 - Tenaya Canyon Loop Trip Reports

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4/11/2010
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Too easy and flat for my liking..but very beautiful though.
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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
Nearby City
4.6
Distance
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 to 4 hours
Duration
Accessible year-round, but finest in May and June
Season
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Half Dome and Yosemite Falls quads
Local Maps

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