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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.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 406 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

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Ken Johnson
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Hiking

Great trail. Hiked it with my wife and 2 Golden Retrievers. I hike a lot so if you don’t or if you have concerns going through streams with unsettled footing, this might be considered moderate instead of easy. The lake is completely cool, tucked on the side of a mountain, spectacular setting.

Taylor Lasley
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FishingGreat!

Very relaxing, not over crowded, and exactly what I needed. I've read a lot about bugs but honestly there were just as many as I expected out in the woods near a body of water. make sure you have some deet and you will be fine.

Cori Ensor
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HikingBugs

This is a nice trail. Mostly shaded. We tried this with our 2 year old last year because so many mention it’s kid friendly. It’s pretty steep right off the bat so with a kid it took much longer. Then one of us slipped crossing the first creek and got hurt pretty bad so we didn’t finish the hike. Be careful crossing especially with littles! It is doable we just made some mistakes. I tried it again yesterday (7/27) alone and had no issues but the bugs are crazy. Bug spray helped but if you’re a mouth breather wear a mask or cover so the bugs don’t end up lunch. The water level in the streams was also much lower than the first time we attempted so I think that helped too. Just be careful always!

James Soldner
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HikingBugs

Really short and easy hike that I did with my two huskies on 28 July 2020. The lake itself is pretty cool, but I found crossing the streams/waterfalls to be much more fun personally. Be careful with your footing. The bugs are TERRIBLE on this hike. Bug spray is essential. The trail itself is decently maintained and shaded throughout, but there was a bunch of horse poop that covered the first .15 of a mile of the trail.

Claudia Yang
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HikingBugs

Great easy hike for families and kids. Only took about 20 mins to get up and you pass by some waterfalls on the way and one creek area has a little swimming hole in case the lake feels too crowded. We went on a Sunday and there were a couple families but we got our own spot as well

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Connie FitzPatrick
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HikingRocky

We hiked this trail with our dog, arrived at trail head noon-ish, plenty of parking. The terrain was rocky, and the stream crossings were a bit dicey but no problem since I was wearing hiking boots. Gorgeous peekaboo views of Mt. Rainier before reaching the lake.

Sarah Kalina
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HikingBugsScramble

Beautiful lake and 2 gorgeous waterfalls along the way. The road to the trailhead is a scary dirt track, an SUV is a must. The trail is very wooded and very buggy, bring bug spray! There are 2 stream crossings: down rocks and wooden logs are set up but be careful. It took us an hour to hike the trail, plus about 25 min each way driving from the turnoff of hwy 7.

Jay Flo
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Hiking

Great little hike that was fun for our 6yo. Creek crossings were a little tricky for her but no problem for older kids/adults. A walking stick would have been helpful. A little bit of mud, and hardly any skeeters during our visit. Weather was cloudy and cool. Would definitely return!

tonya Olsen
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Bugs

Beautiful. Bring bug spray; those were some hungry mosquitos! Gorgeous views and easy to cross water. The trailhead marker was a little difficult to spot. We will be back many more times!

Jennifer Ewers Miles
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Hiking

Fun hike. It was a little tricky crossing the creek with little water falls twice due to our little beagle. But totally worth the trek for the view! Beautiful lake!

Kristin Wilcox
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HikingBugsSnow

Attempted Cora Lake from the higher elevation Big Creek trailhead near High Rock Lookout trailhead. Got above the lake, just past an epic Mt Rainier view and turned around due to snow. Others made it over the snow patches but we had no poles and wanted to play it safe. Drove to the other end of Big Creek Trail to complete the hike to Cora Lake. SO glad we took this option, both trailheads offer different worthwhile features.

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Christina Madrid
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HikingBugsMuddySnow

Overnight hike, lots of gnats and misquotes. Peaceful with no cell reception, so download your books. When hiking up to Cora Lake you will cross two streams that are flooded. You can carefully cross on top of the logs or just walk through the stream which is shin deep in some areas so bring extra shoes if you are planning an overnight. Snow in some areas not much and the road going up is free of debris.

Anthony Marter
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HikingSnow

Still snowy & there is quite a bit of run off due to the melt. So the waterfalls are flowing like crazy. It is super pretty!

Megan Taulbee
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HikingIcyMuddySnow
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Kelli Gascon
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Snow

had a great day trying to hike almost 1 mile to the trailhead due to iffy road conditions in a minivan. HOWEVER, there was so much snow on the FS road that we didn't quite make it to the actual trail! Climbed up above the road and sat on a fallen tree for our picnic....definitely will be back to try again but made the most of a gorgeous day!

Andrea Turner
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Hiking

Hiked this on May 8 as an overnight. Road up was awesome but did end up shy of the trailhead due to snow and a few down trees. Regardless, walking the road was totally doable (maybe added 1.5 miles), even with kids, the youngest being 4 (almost 5). It was super snowy though with some slushy-ness and post-holing. We pushed ahead. The day was gorgeous and reaching records for spring (still a lot cooler in the mountains). We broke Trail the whole way and used GPS to help us find the lake. The last bit at the top was a big push and very steep for our young kids but we made it. We strayed from the official trail but couldn’t find a way across the river so just did our own thing. Perhaps the real way wasn’t as steep. We got to the lake as sun was setting. We had cold, wet feet so had to scramble to make camp and get the kids warmed up. Lake was mostly frozen still. Our camp was over 6 feet of snow. Small dirt patches starting to reveal themselves around trees, but it will need another couple months to thaw fully. Super fun adventure. Had the whole thing to ourself. Passed a few people on the way out the next day.

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Zena Moran
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HikingBugs

A great starter hike, stumbled across the trailhead on my way to teely lake and lost signal so I thought this was it. Not much traffic and very well maintained. The lake is beautiful, there was tons of tadpoles and much more mosquitos. Beautiful waterfalls on the way to Cora lake.

Roxy Mueller
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Hiking

Fun quick but moderate level hike into pretty lake with several waterfalls. We played with 100s of little water frogs all over the banks!!! So cute! I’d come here again to swim.

Paul Brown
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Hiking

Lovely hike through forest. Not much in the way of views of Mt. Rainier on the way to the lake.

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Jessica Braddock
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Hiking

This was a easy .5 mile hike to the lake . We found a nice camping spot right on the edge of the lake . We saw chipmunks, bats , frogs, tadpoles, fish, bees, owl, and several types of birds. We went fishing but didn’t catch any fish . The trail was in good condition and the camp sites were clean .

Tye Minckler
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Hiking

Wonderful trail with waterfalls. Easy hike, underneath trees, no views. And surprisingly, no other hikers on a Friday.

Crystalin Mendoza
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young squidling
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Hiking

nice trail, beautiful lake, way to many bugs.

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Randi Neff
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HikingBugs

Went up today with my four and nine year old. Was perfect temp for the hike up wearing shorts and light jacket but I recommend bug spray! Both creek spots were easy to cross today and my youngest had no problems on her own. Once to the top, the sun was out and lake was as gorgeous as ever. Only one other couple camping on the lake with their baby. My son swam and I got half in. Water was warmer than usual. Soooo many tadpoles so we all had fun catching em. Great hike for kids with lots of different scenery. Total hike was about a little over two miles. Definitely recommend tennis shoes or hiking boots.

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