Snowshoe to Snow Creek

Mirror Lake Trailhead, Yosemite - Search Nearby - Added by Breanne McNitt

Snowshoe through fresh powder as you make your way from Yosemite Valley to Snow Creek.

Take the Valley shuttle to Mirror Lake Trailhead where you will begin your hike.

After a flat 2 miles, you will begin the steep three miles up to snow creek as you take one switch back after the next.  This steep climb will reward you with beautiful views of Tenaya Canyon and give you a different perspective on the classic Half Dome view.

Once you reach the top of the switchbacks, snow will welcome you.  So snap on your snowshoes, and soon you will be making your way through two feet of fresh powder.  The bridge across Snow Creek marks five miles on the trail, but feel free to continue on and frolic through the winter wonderland of deep snow and snow dusted pine trees.

Timing is everything on this hike. I did it at the beginning of March and had perfect snow conditions.  Those switchbacks would be rough if they were covered in snow, so pick a day when the snow pack doesn't reach below 6,000ft.

Distance

10 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2700 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Snowshoeing, Hiking

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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From $90/night

Half Dome Village

Yosemite Valley, California

From $108/night

Housekeeping Camp

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From $386/night

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Yosemite Valley, California

From $219/night

Yosemite Valley Lodge

9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive

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Incredible Views of Tenaya Canyon!

This is one of my favorite Winter hikes in Yosemite! This hike is strenuous, but incredibly rewarding!!! Very Very highly recommended!

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