Mirror Lake Photos – Natural Pool at Valley’s Edge

Probably the famous natural pools in Yosemite valley proper, Mirror Lake is a very short walk with a mild incline. As the name suggests, here one may find beautiful reflections of Half Dome in the calm waters, as well as views of other landmarks such as North Dome nearby. I put together a few Mirror Lake photos – though I hope to add more in the near future.

Mirror Lake photos, With North Dome View
Mirror Lake, With North Dome View

There are restrooms at the lake, but as far as I’m aware, those are the only facilities. This area is open year round, but like many other water features in Yosemite, the full flow of spring is most likely the best time to visit. 

North Dome reflection in the water - Mirror Lake photos
Reflections are more clear on calm days

The paved trail takes you up alongside scenic Tenaya Creek. In fact, it’s this creek which flows into (and out of) Mirror Lake…without it, these pools wouldn’t exist. Anyway, this “walking road” can be driven, but only for certified disabled people (with handicapped placard).

Tenaya Creek along the path
Tenaya Creek along the path

It’s a lot fun to ride bikes up here (they are allowed). Keep in mind, I’m pretty sure you must park your bike when you start nearing the lake – you’ll notice all the other bikes lined and locked up in the specified area. I guess they are not allowed from that point on.

You can probably circle Mirror Lake in it’s entirety on foot in 30 minutes or so – it really is a quick and easy excursion for the whole family.

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Photographer Nathan Allen

I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.