From the shuttle stop (#17), a paved trail leads directly to Mirror Lake. At the stone bridge, you can turn right to take the five-mile loop or remain on the paved trail to continue to Mirror Lake.
Mirror Lake has little water much of the year becoming more of a Mirror Meadow, than a lake, but in spring and early summer, the shallow lake refills. When water is calm, the lake offers beautiful reflections of surrounding cliffs.
Exhibits detail the story of the area’s lake-to-meadow succession. This can be a good place to spot wildlife like coyotes and bobcats. This is a great hike in Yosemite to do in the fall and winter because the trail is accessible year round.
This is also a great option for biking. You can bike nearly the whole trail to Mirror Lake except for the last 1/4 mile. You will see bike racks at the point in the trail when bikes are no longer allowed.