Mirror Lake Hike – Yosemite National Park, California, US
Mirror Lake is a small, seasonal lake located on Tenaya Creek in Yosemite National Park, California, United States.
Situated in Tenaya Canyon directly between North Dome and Half Dome, it is the last remnant of a large glacial lake. This Lake once filled most of Yosemite Valley at the end of the last Ice Age.
Mirror Lake has little water much of the year and, while pleasant at any time of year, it is fullest in spring and early summer, when Tenaya Creek flows freely with fresh snowmelt. When water is calm, the lake offers beautiful reflections of surrounding cliffs.
Exhibits along the trail tell the story of Mirror Lake’s lake-to-meadow succession, and also highlight some of the cultural history of the area. Mirror Lake is often referred to as Mirror Meadow in late summer due to the lack of water and the influx of grasses and sandy areas.