Gold Cord Lake is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palmer, Alaska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Gold Cord Lake trail is located by the Independence Mine in Hatcher Pass. The trail is easy and fairly straight until you hit the boulder field where you will find some switchbacks as you gain elevation. Great hike for people of all ages and abilities. The trail is easy to follow and in good condition. There is an old cabin along the trail and a boulder field towards the top that is very easy to manage. At the top there is a crystal clear tarn and lots of places to relax by the water. Wild life consists of birds and marmots.
Just did this today with my kiddos, 7 and 8, and the view was absolutely stunning all throughout the trail and the lake itself, was equally stunning.
Nice easy hike with gorgeous views plus a gorgeous lake at the top
Great hike! Doable for almost all levels and you're treated to an excellent view at the end. An out and back hike complete with gold-mine history and a glacial lake.
We didn't make it to the top. We were carrying a one year old and some of the spots were a little sketchy with the baby. Want to do it again.
Love this little hike!
Took a second hike this way...no snow this time (June 6th last go)...beautiful locale...after visiting Independence Mine, we hiked up to Gold Cord Lake...took an impromptu dip in the lake, then scaled the vertical to the peak directly above the lake while wife and kids hung out. Way cool! both trips were great - ensure you make this a visit you don't miss!!!
FYI - take cash for the Mine gift shop!
Love everything about getting out and about in Alaska...great views and wonderful accomplishments!
Great for kids! Very easy-beautiful!