Helpful. Date of experience: December 2020. Eventually the trail came up to the reflecting pools of water. Drinking water is not available along the trail or at the trailhead. Beyond that, they are prohibited. Keep your food within arm's reach at all times and do not feed the wildlife. Wolf Creek. I wasn’t sure by the info on your web store. The valley loop trail follows Tenaya Creek beyond the lake, crosses two stone bridges after the Snow Creek Trail junction before returning past Mirror Lake on the south side of Tenaya Canyon. The mirror lake trail was realigned in Fall 2018, so that there is no longer any walk along the highway. Minoa, New York 144 contributions 28 helpful votes. Thanks for the pictures. Once on the Valley floor we will hike out besides Mirror Lake (at the base of Half Dome) for another 2 miles. Learn how your comment data is processed. The nearest parking area is at Curry Village, though you can easily access the trail by parking anywhere in eastern Yosemite Valley and taking the free shuttle. Drink plenty and drink often; pace yourself; rest in the shade; eat salty snacks. Watch where you step, and if you want to take a break, look first before sitting and watch where you place your hands. The views get better as you climb higher until the trail leaves the open canyon walls and enters the forest. – Thanks. Pictures of Mirror Lake and Mirror Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California: View of Glacier Point and the west end of Tenaya Canyon, from the Snow Creek Trail link Copy … I lived in the valley for several years and made many trips to Yosemite, during that time. I am looking forward to your blogs. I passed the couple of pools and made it over to the bike rack and the beginning of the road (accessible only by those with accessibility permits and park staff). Avoid becoming dehydrated or experiencing heat exhaustion. The loop follows Tenaya Creek beyond the lake, and crosses two bridges after the Snow Creek Trail junction before returning past Mirror Lake on the south side of Tenaya Canyon. From the Mirror Lake trailhead (shuttle stop #17), it is 0.9 miles to the Snow Creek trailhead and 1.7 miles to the Snow Creek overlook where you can camp in close proximity. If you are looking for a quick and easy hike in the Yosemite Valley, Mirror Lake is a great option. Leashed pets, bicycles, and strollers are allowed on the first paved mile of the trail. A wonderful boulder field full of white rock extended across the path from a fall years ago. Varied day. Basket Dome towered above just before I turned into the trees once again… which was a delightful respite as the afternoon was getting hot with no cover. The first part of the trail consists of the Mirror Lake Trail. The red line marks the Tenaya Creek Canyon loop trail, which passes Mirror Lake and returns to Yosemite Valley. Once you reach the top, you can take a dip in the water which is about 200 yards from the campgrounds. The first mile of this trail is a paved service road that leads directly to Mirror Lake. This is the busiest trailhead on Mount Hood, providing easy access to lovely Mirror Lake. Thankfully it’s full of views and, for me, ample flora and fauna to make it all worth it. Mirror Lake Trail: Mirror Lake Snowshoeing - See 138 traveler reviews, 104 candid photos, and great deals for Hood River, OR, at Tripadvisor. After passing through the boulders, the trail, normally easy going, was submerged in about 6 inches of ice cold water. I hope to be able to go next year. Illilouette Falls can be seen cascading from it’s notch, then Illilouette Creek makes a hard right and cascades in your general direction from this perch. Distance: 9.4 mi (15.1 km) round trip View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. It is a grueling hike that begins on the Valley floor and climbs to its rim, but which offers great views along the way. From there I continued on the loop through the trees and to the junction with the Snow Creek Trail. We will return to the Valley itself by hiking down the Snow Creek trail, which descends 2,600′ feet into the Valley below. Can I order some maps and ship them to Canada? Thanks for the blog and pics. You just made me want to go back and do that. A wonderful post. This trail goes by Valley Horse Stables, Lower Mirror Lake, A seasonal lake, Visitors at Mirror Lake, Upper Mirror Lake, and Selling the sublime. Nice post with a stunning photo of the trip. This trail goes by Upper Mirror Lake and Lower Mirror Lake. As I climbed up through Yosemite’s famous oak scrub, I spied a few different lizards and a Common Kingsnake. In Yosemite National Park, Mirror Lake draws many visitors due to its very accessible trail and the chance to see Half Dome perfectly reflected in the water. Bugs were never horrible, but did use the head-net a few times. You can also bicycle the first mile of the trail to the end of the paved service road. Take the Valley shuttle to Mirror Lake Trailhead where you will begin your hike. Rarely can you find such lovely sites with so little effort, but here, a short trek will take you through forests, across delicate streams, and past brightly colored wildflowers. Make another immediate right into the new parking area at the Mirror Lake Trailhead. The loop follows Tenaya Creek beyond the lake, and crosses two bridges after the Snow Creek Trail junction before returning past Mirror Lake on the south side of Tenaya Canyon. When Snow Creek is running higher, you can see Snow Creek Falls, which is the second … The trail broke out into the open with stunning views. I walked the road along Tenaya Creek which affords fantastic views of the cascading waters as it crashes around enormous boulders. There are no additional restrooms along the trail. You are rewarded with good views of various granite landforms (e.g., Half Dome, Quarter Domes, Clouds Rest) after only a dozen or so switchbacks. Looks like a good hike. The Snow Creek Trail, however, is the exact opposite. based on 8 tracks & routes | | DIFFICULT #274 hike out of 302 in Yosemite National Park | DIFFICULT. The Mirror Lake Trail has the misfortune of being one of the few hikes accessible directly from Highway 26 and thus suffers a crush of visitors on weekends. Your right, walking in the water in the spring is downright painful! 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