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Cora Lakes is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,332 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




10 months ago

Trail was great but lots of mosquitoes and stagnant water causing mud along the trail. Couple more weeks and this trail should be better. Great swim at the lake!

Thu Dec 28 2017

Great reviews for an awesome trail helped me choose this as a 1st backpacking trip for my 9 yr old son. Beautiful views at a couple places along the way. Saw some deer on the trail. About half way up, there are some perfect picnic spots. The lake was peaceful and had a ton of good camping spots nearby with fire rings.

Mon Jun 20 2016

Great hike for young backpackers. Brought two of my kiddos (6 and 9) for an overnight stay - they rocked it in style. Beware that there is a river crossing (earlier in the season), so you might pack sandals... something we keep forgetting to do. Beautiful vistas of Mammoth along the way. The trailhead is a bear to get to, but the hike is great.

Sun Jul 26 2015

We are beginners and this was our first overnight backpacking trip. We had a great time, the lake is beautiful and a great payoff for the hike.

Mon Apr 20 2015

This was my first backpack trip in 15 years, this trail was a great way to get back into it. The weather was perfect and the whole weekend was peaceful. I will be doing this one again.

Mon Jul 30 2012

My husband and I took our 7 and 8 year old sons on their first backpacking trip to this lake. We started at the Isberg trailhead and hiked in to Cora Lakes. it was around 4.5 miles one way. The trail had some steep parts and was challenging for our boys with 7-10 pound packs on. The lake was great and we swam, fished and explored for the two days we were there. The only big negative I have for this lake is the awful horse flies...they were endless till the sun went down. But overall it was a great trip and can't wait to do some more with our boys.

Wed Jan 04 2012

Have been here a few times cant get enough.

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