Cora Lake Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mineral, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles
406 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips







wild flowers


old growth

over grown

27 days ago

We took our kids Labor Day weekend. The water was low enough that the kids could cross without getting their shoes all wet. It was relatively short hike, the lake was beautiful, and the kids loved all the little frogs.

3 months ago

Love this place!

3 months ago

It was beautiful, but wouldn't consider it kid friendly. Lots of steep areas and narrow trail. Crossing creek twice (well, twice going up, twice going down). Carrying kids there was no way to cross with dry foot. Other members of our party were able to manage cross over logs and rocks. The lake was beautiful though.

4 months ago

Always a good not too difficult hike in this summer, but if you do go around now expect about a 20 minute walk to the trailhead because of snow. The trail itself is only a bit washed out. However, you might have to get wet to cross the 2 waterfall crossings, the water levels are higher than normal.

5 months ago

Couldn’t get to the trail as there was still a lot of icy snow.

6 months ago

Could not get to trailhead, roads are still covered in 5+ ft of snow above 3000'

Looking forward to visiting again in after June.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The climb up was a little steep and you have to cross the waterfall at two different spots. The lake was super worth it though. Man, what a view. Unfortunately someone left a torn up tent filled with trash at the top. I packed it up and took it out with me. Also, there aren’t any signs that say Cora Lake Trail or anything like that anymore. Now its just a normal sign that says trail 252.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Looks beautiful from pictures; unfortunately the forest service had it shut down for logging so didn’t get to enjoy it.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Beautiful! The way up was steep but very manageable even with a dog. You get some sneaky views of Mt. Rainier through the trees on the way up. You cross the waterfall twice and come up to an incredible view of the lake. The water is really clear and everything is peaceful up here. A fairly easy and quick hike (1.5 hours-ish at medium pace) and a must do if you're in the area!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Tried to get to here, drove all the way from JBLM but there was tons of snow and a huge tree fell down blocking the rest of the way :( kids were bummed but will try again sometime in the summer! It was a beautiful drive though

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Good trail. Had to cross water at a couple spots. Worth the hike.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Easy hike, but worth it. There are several falls before the lake, the lake is serene and pretty. There is a fire ring at the lake. This trail actually has a TH on FS 8420 and one on FS 8440. It also intersects with #251. Didn't see or hear anybody, but there were dirt bike tracks on the trail.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nice easy incline all the way up. Tadpoles were in full to watch. Fished for a few hours to no avail, but that's why it's called fishing, not catching. A few folks came and went, but pretty quiet day.

Friday, August 05, 2016

8/3/16 Talk about bang for the buck. It's only .75 miles each way, but you get some very beautiful waterfalls, and some beautiful stone steps that the water rolls over after one of them. It looks like the stone was almost sculpted to form steps. It's August 4 and though my dad and I finished the lake for about an hour we didn't get so much as one bite of the water was green, clear, and absolutely beautiful. I wish we could've stayed longer-I would have walked around the entire leg just to enjoy the beauty, but we had to go. This is a hike well worth the time and I will certainly return.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Easy trail. Closer to 1.5 miles out and back. You have to cross a stream that flows out of Cora Lake twice which in the spring can be a little difficult without getting wet. The lake and area surrounding are absolutely beautiful.

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