Hike Date: April 25, 2015
Distance: ~ 7 miles
Trail(s): Mirror Lake Trail, Snow Creek Trail, Valley Loop Trail
Where’s it at? Yosemite Valley to the northeast


While camping at North Pines Campground recently, we awoke to a very snowy morning surprise. Actually we awoke when the tent collapsed because of said snow… Originally had planned to do the Mist Trail to Nevada Falls hike on this day with a Napa hiking group but mother nature had other plans. We had a breakfast planned but everything, including the stoves, had 5 inches of snow on it, so as a group we opted to have breakfast served on a platter at the Curry Village restaurant instead. When we got back to camp we took a vote on whether to do the Mist Trail today, while snowy, wet and icy, or try a different trail, and due to the added dangers and us knowing we still had another day to do the mist trail, we opted to take the nearly flat Mirror Lake Trail instead.

We started out hiking right from the campsite and took a wrong turn and ended up hiking about 1.5 miles on the valley Loop trail instead, until we hit Happy Isles and took the easternmost section of this trail back to the official Mirror Lake Trailhead. The hike was very much full of puddles, grey skies, fog, and snow. I don’t hike in them often but opted for my one piece leather North Face boots and it was a good decision. I think I was the only one with dry socks at the end of the hike.

This was a very scenic time of year and type of weather for this hike, though the visibility of Half Dome which this trail runs along the bottom of was a little limited until later in the day when we were on the opposite side of Mirror Lake heading back toward camp. The way the snow had settled on the dry areas of Mirror Lake really made it look like it was iced over but I knew better. The lake is not much of a lake any more though on this visit with the recent weather it was more full than I’d seen it in the last few years. Surprising for such a bad drought year!

This is a great hike and really pretty easy in the grand scheme of things. It’s a perfect choice for those that want to beat the weather or just have a nice valley stroll. Highly recommend this hike and North Pines campground is the perfect launching point.

Photos from Hiking to Mirror Lake and the Valley Loop Trail (click to enlarge)

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Directions to Mirror Lake Trailhead


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Weather at Yosemite Valley, CA

Written on April 25th, 2015 in Hiking, The Whole Thing
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