Yosemite National Park Day 3 – Mirror Lake

Our third and final day in Yosemite was a short one as we had a 6 hour drive home. So this post is going to be a lot shorter than my previous two. We knew we would only have a few hours in the park which is why we packed so much in to the first 2 days. If you haven’t already, you can read about Day 1 (Yosemite Valley, Vernal Falls and Tunnel View) here, and Day 2 (Bridalveil Falls, Tioga Pass and Glacier Point) here.

As we had spent most of Sunday in the car, we wanted to get out for a nice walk on Monday morning (and we had a long drive home ahead of us), so we parked up and walked to Mirror Lake, which is a Yosemite Valley trail. You can get the shuttle to stop closer to the trail head, but we decided to walk from the car park as we knew it would be our only walk of the day.

It’s a lovely walk through the trees, about a 2 mile round trip if you do go from the trail head. You come out at Mirror Lake, which is actually usually dry at this time of year, but we were lucky and the lake did still have some water.


It’s a really easy flat walk, so ideal for anyone to explore and was perfect for our relaxed morning before driving home. After a couple of hours it was time to head home, so it really was a short day in the park.

Our time in Yosemite was amazing, I would go back in a heartbeat, but I’m just not sure we are going to have time while we are living in California. I’ve got a few tips and some advice/lessons learned for visiting the park, which I will put in another post soon.




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