This iconic hike in Yosemite has been a go to for tourists and photographers for decades. This is largely due to how accessible it is year around and how easy the hike is compared to harder accessible hikes like the mist trail. I was able to visit this area in the summer and the winter so I have included both in this post.
A hugely busy hike as there is so many more people then in the winter and this hike is a lot easier. We saw about 50 people on our trip in the summer but the colors and stream make it a totally beautiful walk.
A much more peaceful walk as the ground is covered in the snow and a lot less people are visiting. We only saw about 25 people on our hike in the winter. I loved this because you got to expeirence something so beautiful with so many less people.
The first stop that everyone does is the bridge. The bridge crosses the slowly meandering stream and provides a great vista of both the stream and Half Dome if you go off to the side of the bridge. Here are some pictures from summer and winter.
The trail itself is a glorified road with a wide lane for people to walk on. In the summer you will always see a bunch of bikers riding up and down the tail as well, not as much during the winter. The trail is amazing during the winter as the trees are dusted in snow and the water and granite face provide a beautiful set of colors.
During the summer the trail was much more dry and the water levels were low. It was still nice but not as pristine as during the snow and winter. Here are some pictures
I love this part of the trail as it is a beautiful area to just relax at. It has a batheroom for families and a beautiful view of Half Dome. During the summer months kids were climbing the rocks that make up the pool during the spring and during the winter, snow and water created the pool.
While this area hasn’t been a true lake for years it still is a beautiful spot. If the water is high enough you can get a good picture of Half Dome being reflected in the water of mirror lake. When I was here during the winter and summer though there was not enough water to gt a real reflection but it still provided a ton of good picture opportunities.
There is this view as well.
Here are some other good pictures from summer and winter.
In the summer they had a bear trap out to catch a bear that had been wandering to close to people.
In the winter they had beautiful trees covered in snow.
Which way do you prefer Mirror Lake? In the Winter or the Spring? Let me know in the comments.