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Mirror Lake

The beauty of Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park is inspiring with the gorgeous views of Half Dome, Mount Watkins and the surrounding landscapes of these mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains.

  • In Yosemite Mirror Lake offers incredible scenery, with reflections of nearby peaks in the water
  • Access the Mirror Lake Trailhead from Yosemite Village
  • Take a five-mile loop near Mirror Lake to really take in some gorgeous sights
  • Visit in spring when the water is at its highest


The small, seasonal Mirror Lake CA, located on Tenaya Creek in Yosemite National Park, is the last remnant of a large glacial lake that filled Yosemite Valley millions of years ago. Reflections of Yosemite’s towering peaks within the lake inspire visitors from around the world.

Location & Information

Mirror Lake California can be reached by a short trail that starts in Yosemite Village at the Mirror Lake Junction or shuttle stop 17.

You can access Mirror Lake year-round, but the best time is from May to July. By August the mirror effect disappears.

Contact information:
Yosemite National Park
PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


  • Hiking
    Hiking at Mirror Lake Yosemite is almost a must, because it’s a half-mile paved trail to reach the lower pool of the lake. You can continue on a dirt path that leads to the main pool. You’ll also enjoy the interpretive signs along the way, describing the natural and cultural history. More hiking on your itinerary? From the stone bridge, you can take a five-mile loop hike by turning right. Great views await you!

Fun Facts

Every year more and more silt gets washed down the canyon, filling up the basin and causing this gorgeous lake to slowly disappear.