hiking
18 days ago

Please be advised that the gate to upper visitor parking is not open to the public until July. We had to walk an extra two miles or so, round trip. The view of the lake is still worth the extra hike. I'd happily hike 12 miles for this view! The lake is still frozen, and much of the trail is covered with snow today. Lovely spot to hike! The Independence Gold Mine is located at the trailhead. We spent an hour roaming the old ruins.

Great family sight!

Very easy hike, good for the entire family, amazing views as long as its a clear day. The snow was still packed pretty well so it was easy to walk around, but its getting warmer so plan accordingly. Still a feet of snow up there. Dogs on leashes. There are bathrooms in the parking area and in the mine area. Several trails branch off from the mine area and along the road on the way up. Definitely going back this summer.

Absolutely stunning. It's pretty easy to see the entire mine, I have a problem with my right hip and I've walked it twice about 3 hours each time. Going back again in two weeks!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike for all experience levels!

great history to view

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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.

on Gold Cord Lake

hiking
10 months ago