Mirror Lake is obviously located on the Mirror Lake Highway. It’s quite a ways up into the Uinta Mountains, 31.2 miles to the turn off, but the lake and hike are beautiful. In fact, the Mirror Lake hike is one of the flattest and easiest trails in this area.
- Distance: 1.5 miles roundtrip
- Elevation Gain: none
- Rating: Easy
- Dog-friendly: Yes, on leash.
The hike is a 1.5 mile loop around the lake. It follows the shoreline, so it is definitely easy. Flat and simple—there are even boardwalks over the marshy stuff. The hike was not stroller friendly, though it was flat. It’s just too rocky. You’ll notice our stroller in the pictures, but Dad ended up carrying it over some stretches, and the baby was white-knuckling it for much of the way. Definitely go with the baby backpack here.
There is a campground at Mirror Lake if you like camping, and there were people fishing, hiking, camping, and boating on Mirror Lake (motorless boats only). In fact, it was Grand Central Station of the Uintas even on a weekday. We like to take our kayaks and paddle around on this lake. The water is freezing, but sometimes we get in to cool off, too.
There are a few interpretive signs on this hike that talk about the different animals you might see. There are also plenty of picturesque places along this hike because it is situated in the high alpine mountains, so don’t forget your camera. If you go in the morning or evening, you might need a jacket even in July. This hike is around 10,000 feet.
When you turn into the Mirror Lake area from the highway, head toward the campground. Turn left just before the campground and park at the boat launch. You will see some bathrooms and the hike starts right past them with a large sign. Don’t follow the road signs that says trailhead. That is for other hikes. You can try Bonnie Lake from the trailhead or campground if you want a little longer trail.
If you drive all the way up the Mirror Lake, check out other fun things to do along the Mirror Lake Highway.