There are a few spots to access the water… and this year, the water was accessing us! Plan ahead and bring plenty of water for your hike. You could consider it as a first-time backpacking destination, too, since the trail is never particularly steep here. The Snow Creek Trail, however, is the exact opposite. This trailhead was built in 2018 to replace the old trailhead that was located right alongside Highway 26 just west of here. I am now rescheduling everything to August 2021. Mirror Lake Trail travels up Tom Dick and Harry Ridge to beautiful Mirror Lake, about 7 miles from Mount Hood and a mile west of Government Camp. This trail begins at shuttle stop #17. I hopped back onto the Mirror Lake Loop Trail and continued along. I followed a seasonal stream up through more vegetation and began getting into the taller trees signifying that I was at the rim. Helpful. Snow Creek tends to mainly have backpackers and is much quieter… but it’s a brutal slog. Much of the trail is exposed, receiving little to no shade until late afternoon or early evening. Today’s Mileage: 4.8 mi / … A right at the fork brings you to the footbridge and makes a logical turnaround point. From the valley below, I was able to see the waterfall along Snow Creek and the trail teases on one of its switchbacks that it will go and visit it, but it didn’t (despite a bit of effort to do so). 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. This incredible snowpack (of 2017) made for fantastic waterfalls and fast, cold streams. Looks like a good hike. Snow Creek originates in May Lake to the north, and drops down the steep ravine to the east of the trail into Tenaya Creek, which goes through Mirror Lake, then empties into the Merced River near the Sugar Pine Bridge. While the creek I followed up was a continuous cascade, the water here was perfectly still. From there I continued on the loop through the trees and to the junction with the Snow Creek Trail. Eventually the trail came up to the reflecting pools of water. Along the way, I could see the creek cascading below me, while the gray walls off North Dome rose above the canopy. 1 Helpful vote. You will often find fewer people on this trail compared to other Yosemite Valley trails. After passing through the boulders, the trail, normally easy going, was submerged in about 6 inches of ice cold water. The mirror lake trail was realigned in Fall 2018, so that there is no longer any walk along the highway. This short dayhike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a nice alternate route to quiet Mirror Lake, or just a lovely little forest ramble on a quiet section of the well-maintained trail. Snow Creek Falls is the nearby cascade, but is not visible from this trail. The old trailhead has been decommissioned. and a sweet newsletter direct to your inbox! Upside was that we saw very few people and no crowds at all. Comparable to the Yosemite Falls Trail, this trail climbs steeply along several dozen switchbacks but is narrower in comparison. Learn how your comment data is processed. Stay on the trail; there are numerous steep drop-offs and ledges off-trail. I am looking forward to your blogs. Instead of crossing over the bridge and heading up the road to Mirror Lake, I took the loop counter-clockwise. The trail broke out into the open with stunning views. You will often find fewer people on this trail compared to other Yosemite Valley trails. Nice post with a stunning photo of the trip. I continued through the forest, past deer and woodpeckers to the bridge over Snow Creek. Thankfully it’s full of views and, for me, ample flora and fauna to make it all worth it. Select resorts also feature an additional trail map from partner, FatMap that provides a 3D view of the ski resort, including slope steepness and aspect, along with information on what it's like to … Once through the water the trail gained a bit of elevation before dropping back down to a lovely bridge that goes over Tenaya Creek. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The loop around this beautiful valley up and down Tenaya Creek is a popular one with Yosemite’s visitors. Leashed pets, bicycles, and strollers are allowed on the first paved mile of the trail. Mirror Lake - 12.2 Miles Round-Trip Mirror Lake is located 6.1 miles from the Corral Creek Trailhead in the lightly traveled northwest corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. This trail is tucked back in Tenaya Canyon, accessed from the eastern Yosemite Valley. I followed the creek up to the lower pond of Mirror Lake. This section of the lake has remnants of settlements from some of Yosemite’s early pioneers. You may access the loop trail from the end of the paved path. 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. We had to cancel our early June trip to Yosemite. The first mile of this trail is a paved service road that leads directly to Mirror Lake. Start your hike early; this trail can become very hot mid-day in the summer. This is a difficult one way trail in Yosemite National Park. Hiking trip report for Snow Creek Trail to Mirror Lake, located in Yosemite National Park, California. The Valley Visitor Shuttle (7 am to 10 pm year-round) serves the trailhead at shuttle stop #17. Date of experience: December 2020. Mirror Lake Loop and Snow Creek Trail 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. Mirror Lake Loop is a trail on Mirror Lake, Tenaya Creek, Merced River, and Snow Creek in Yosemite National Park, Sierra Nevada, CA. It is a grueling hike that begins on the Valley floor and climbs to its rim, but which offers great views along the way. The good news is, you start to get views fairly quickly which gives you something to look at as you catch your breath. If you are looking for a quick and easy hike in the Yosemite Valley, Mirror Lake is a great option. Take the Valley shuttle to Mirror Lake Trailhead where you will begin your hike. This trail goes by Upper Mirror Lake and Lower Mirror Lake. The trail worked its way along the calmer water for a bit longer with more views of North Dome and Basket Dome before dipping into the trees and away from the creek. From there, you can either turn around or park your bike and begin your hike. The trail mercifully leveled off as I entered the cathedral forest. Thanks for the pictures. Nestled in a quiet basin only a stone’s throw from Snoqualmie Pass, pristine Mirror Lake is a destination to be enjoyed by the whole family. Make another immediate right into the new parking area at the Mirror Lake Trailhead. A wonderful post. Humming with butterflies, birds, bees, and babbling streams, this trail … I like to pack in a lunch to enjoy on Mirror Lake. We will return to the Valley itself by hiking down the Snow Creek trail, which descends 2,600′ feet into the Valley below. Ending time is usually between 11 am and 1 pm back in Curry Village. Beware though, it isn't called “Snow Creek” for no … It’s a better springtime hike. Pictures of Mirror Lake and Mirror Meadow, Yosemite National Park, California: The Snow Creek Trail above Mirror Meadow - view west towards Mirror Lake … The surface was broken by a garter snake as it slithered across the water. A popular hill climbing area is located near Wolf Creek Pass. The lakes are set in a deep bowl carved from Mount Achonee (12,469') and Lone Eagle Peak (11,920') … Alick. Big day. Your right, walking in the water in the spring is downright painful! Be aware of rattlesnakes! I hope to add more information for this trip report soon. Very few hardy souls brave the steep switchbacks along Snow Creek to the canyon’s rim. During my online research, I found many of your Youtube videos, leading to your website. The first part of the trail consists of the Mirror Lake Trail. For most of the route the trail roughly follows Snow Creek to Tenaya Creek. About a mile beyond Mirror Lake, you'll come to the junction of the Snow Creek Trail. I hustled down the innumerable switchbacks to the valley floor. The Snow Creek Falls Trail starts about a mile from one of Yosemite Valley’s most popular destinations, Mirror Lake or Mirror Meadow as it is now known. 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