McKinley Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This well maintained 2.7 mile trail winds its way through mature spruce-hemlock forest and ends at the north end of McKinley Lake. Several bridges allow hikers easy crossing over small streams. This trail also provides access to two public use recreation cabins. McKinley Trail Cabin (100 yards beyond the trailhead sign) and McKinley Lake Cabin (at the end of the trail). A rough, unmaintained trail continues for 1/4 mile past the lake cabin and accesses the remains of the Lucky Strike Mine. Interpretive signs guide visitors through the history and remains of the abandoned mine and mining camp. Midway, Pipeline Lakes Trail joins McKinley Trail for an optional loop.

Length: 2.7 miles

USGS Map: Cordova (B-4)

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At a Glance

Reservations: Cabins are available for use through the National Recreation Reservation Service: 1-877-444-6777.
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Cordova
Information Center: Cordova Ranger District



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Day Hiking

Status: Open
Usage: Access #1: Copper River Highway mile 21.6
Access #2: Via Pipeline Lakes Trail
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Level: Easy
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.4 miles

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  Elevation : 
50 ft - 60 ft