Place: Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park, California
Trailhead coordinates: 37.7394, -119.5601
Length: from the shuttle stop in and out, about two miles.
After the strenuous hike to Vernal Fall and a long lunch break we were ready for some more hiking. Easy hiking.
Mirror Lake is one of the most popular trails in Yosemite. It is relatively short and without any significant elevation change, and it leads a most spectacular place. All these make it suitable for families, lay hikers and anyone looking for a pastoral stroll.
Most of the walk is, in fact, on a paved road, on which only handicapped vehicles are allowed. Bikes, though, are in popular use there (though not all the way to the lake). We took the shuttle to the trailhead and continued walking from there.
Each time I visit Yosemite I look at Half Dome longingly. I have not ascended it yet. But when I will, (and I will!) it will by hiking.
|Half Dome, a view from the trail to Mirror Lake|
Tenaya slows down and spreads out under Half Dome. The area of Mirror Lake used to be part of a larger lake, and is now in the process of filling up with silt and, basically, becoming a meadow. In its earlier days, the park management was trying to keep Mirror Lake a lake by removing the silt. Later it was decided to let the natural process to go unhindered. Future generations may know Mirror Lake from photos only.
It still fits its name perfectly, though. Very tranquil, very clear, Mirror Lake indeed mirrors a perfect reflection of its surroundings.
|The growing meadow by Mirror Lake|
|Deer in the water|
After a minute or two, so did the deer.
It was a really nice and easy hike to one amazing, must see!, part of Yosemite. Although I've been there numerous times before, I can never have enough.