Gold Cord Lake

EASY 20 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
528 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

rocky

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.

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.

18 days ago

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4 months ago

Great hike for all experience levels!

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.

9 months ago

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11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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
11 months ago

Gorgeous

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

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!