hike to mirror lake, yosemite national park

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hike to mirror lake, yosemite national park

time of year: summer

hike length: 1.2 miles one way

total time: about 3 hours there and back, but we stopped a lot to take pictures

 

Mirror Lake was a great hike that I would do again in a heartbeat. You can either walk on the one mile paved trail that takes you straight to mirror lake or you can take the unpaved trail loop that we did. If you take the trail loop, you hike through so many different landscapes starting with hiking through a forest of giant sequoia trees, walking past many rivers with rushing water, giant stones that create caves and finally the lake itself that is surrounded by a huge meadow with the most beautiful mountain views and sprouting wildflowers. I love hiking in natural places, so taking the unpaved trail loop was a very easy decision for us.

The hike itself is fairly easy, moderate if you're not a regular adventurer. I would recommend to wear sturdy boots that you don't care too much to get dirty as there is no paved walkway and it was very muddy at times. We spent a lot of time walking on the rocks right next to the track instead of the muddy tracks that we could have slipped on! 

Next time I would love to visit Mirror Lake in spring after the winter snow has melted and the lake is filled up. We went during the middle of summer while there were many hot days in a row and the lake was mostly dried up. That didn't get our hopes down though, with a little bit of camera trickery (hanging my arms over whatever water was left while I was taking a photo) I still got some photos I was super happy with of Mirror Lake reflecting the surrounding mountains. Here are the photos from our afternoon adventure.

all photos edited with my Disposable Film Lightroom Preset!

 

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yosemite national park at dusk

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yosemite national park at dusk

We only had a couple of days in Yosemite National Park so we didn't want to waste a single second. After our long drive there and a day of sight seeing, we caught a glimpse of the sunset through our window and we all jumped up and headed out the door to a cliff edge right by our house. We spent the rest of that time until dark sitting on the edge watching the sun go by, being in awe at how many beautiful trees we were surrounded by, pinching ourselves to know that we were really here.

all photos edited with my Disposable Film Lightroom Preset!

 

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roadtrip to yosemite national park

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roadtrip to yosemite national park

Yosemite National Park is a place that holds a special place in my heart. It was the last leg of our USA trip and probably the most beautiful. 

We left our San Francisco Airbnb early in the morning and Dan & I took turns driving down the highway towards the National Park. The views along the way were wonderful, apple tree farms, endless country hills, winding roads up and down mountains. The moment we arrived at Yosemite National Park we were all in awe. We paid our entry ticket and as we started driving, we were surrounded by more and more Sequoia Trees until that’s all we could see. We all fell silent and stared out the window. I think in that moment it really sunk in where we were.

We made so many stops on the way to our accommodation, any viewpoint or waterfall that we drove past we stopped and eagerly jumped out of the car to take photos. We pulled over at Bridal Veil Falls and did the quick hike to see them. When we arrived at our accommodation just at sunset, one of Hayden’s friends arrived minutes after us and they went back on their way to Los Angeles. Dan, Sam and I spent the rest of the night figuring out what we’re going to do in the park over the next couple of days and taking pictures of the stars from our balcony.

Bridal Veil Falls hike information

hike length: 0.5 miles

hike time: it took us about 15 minutes there and back

difficulty: easy, the entire hike is a paved footpath

 

 

all photos edited with my Disposable Film Lightroom Preset!

 

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