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Mirror Lake/Meadow

Mirror Lake Trail. Photo credit Patrick Pike
Distance: 2 miles/3.2 km round-trip;
Elevation: 4,000 ft (1,200m)
Difficulty: Easy (may be a little snowy or icy in winter)
Time: 1-3 hours
Begin at: Mirror Lake Trailhead (shuttle stop #17) at the Stone Bridge.
Leashed pets allowed on paved road only

Mirror Lake/Meadow

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.

Take a virtual visit to Mirror Lake.

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Square Ft: 0 - 1,000
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