Start your day in Yosemite Valley with a ride to one of the most popular tourist destinations of the valley. This ride is considered to be one of the most refreshing and easiest in the area. Why refreshing? Trees, that’s right, a lot of them, casting their shadows on the trail to smooth the heat and get rid of the sweat. And why easy? Thanks to the flat terrain of the valley, there is no climb, and you are on paved road from start to end. Moreover, it is less than two miles. Short and simple, Mirror Lake biking trail, therefore, is perfect for families with young kids.
At the end of the paved road, you can either turn around or park your bike and begin a hike to Mirror Lake. Though the lake can be visited year-round, the best time is spring and early summer when Tenay Creek flows freely with fresh snowmelt and fills up Mirror Lake. Trust us, you don’t want to miss the chance to visit this natural beauty, especially those who are wondering why the lake got the name “mirror”. Just wait until the light hits the water surface and see the reflections of the surrounding cliffs glow in front of your eyes…and you will get the idea!
The biking trail is paved service road.
The trail starts from Curry Village which offers a parking lot (the nearest one to the Mirror Lake Trail).
You can also take the free Valley Visitor Shuttle (operate from 7:00am to 10:00pm year-round) and get off at Curry Village (shuttle stop 13b)
Food and drink
The only catering service on this ride is Curry Village. You’re going to be surprised to see how diverse the dining options can be at the Curry Village. Here you can find pizza, oatmeal, grilled foods, burgers, sandwiches, salads and a selection of refreshments. And fill up your bottles since there is no drinking water when you’re on the ride
If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry. You can rent one at the Curry Village Bicycle Rental Kiosk and start the ride.
From Curry Village, follow Curry Village Dr. then turn right onto Happy Isle Loop Rd. At the intersection, turn left, passing the Stables and on to Mirror Lake. From the Mirror Lake Trailhead, it’s a mile until the Mirror Lake where you can either turn around or park your bike in the designated bike stand and walk the rest of the way in. A leisure picnic by the water and gorgeous surroundings are your rewards.
Since Mirror Lake Trail is also used for hiking, make sure you ride in controlled pace and let other users know when you want to pass.
Before heading to the trail, make sure you know all the rules when riding Mirror Lake Trail as well as other tracks in Yosemite.
- Ride only on paved bicycle paths. Bicycles are not allowed on trails.
- Helmets are recommended for all ages. However, they are a must for those under 18.
- Obey all traffic laws and signs.
- Let pedestrians know when you’re passing them. When riding in groups, please ride single file on the right hand side of the path.
- Only one rider is allowed per bike. Passengers not permitted including babies.
- Rental bikes must stay in Yosemite Valley. However, they are not permitted on Mirror Lake Hill and Lower Yosemite Falls Trail.
- Don’t feed the wildlife
- And finally, please carry out your trash and food waste when leaving
On this ride, vault toilets can be found at about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from the Mirror Lake Trailhead and 1 mile (1.6 km) from the trailhead at the end of the paved service road at Mirror Lake.
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