Gold Cord Lake

EASY 35 reviews

Gold Cord Lake is a 1.5 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, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

rocky

snow

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.

1 month ago

Love this hike, summer or winter is good. Video from this fall. https://youtu.be/be--X_6RWGc

hiking
2 months ago

Didn’t make it as trail covered with snow and needed snowshoes. Will try again. Beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Not too crowded today. The gate to Independence Mine is closed so you have to walk from the lower parking lot to the trail head. The snow line was just below where the trail joins the main road. About 1-2 inches of snow but very easy to walk.

hiking
4 months ago

Gold cord is a really nice hike to start exploring hatcher pass. There are two different parking lots to access the trail. The closest one to the trail head is at the top near the old mining buildings. It has an $8 fee right now and closes at 6:00pm. If you don't want to pay or want to hike later you can park at the lower lots but will have to walk up the road about 15/20 minutes. Make sure to give yourself time to hike down before the parking lot closes, there are signs that they will impound all remaining cars and a slightly manic sounding park ranger with a mega phone to give reminders of closing time.

4 months ago

Beautiful lake, hike was fun.

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy... quick incline and good views at top.

hiking
5 months ago

Great Trail, Easy to get there. Once you get the mine area, just follow the road up and its on the right. Can't miss it. Lots of great views. Nothing difficult, The lake is amazing and nice and cool if you take a dip. If you want, take a tour of the mine or just roam around. Lots of buildings to check out. Enjoy

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike for all experience levels!

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Nice easy hike with gorgeous views plus a gorgeous lake at the top

Sunday, July 03, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

Gorgeous

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Love this little hike!

hiking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

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!

hiking
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Love everything about getting out and about in Alaska...great views and wonderful accomplishments!

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

Great for kids! Very easy-beautiful!

hiking
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