McKinley Lake

Cordova, Alaska 99574

McKinley Lake

McKinley Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A maintained trail traveling by lakes with spawning salmon (and other ?sh), a historic mine, and two cabins. The McKinley Lake hike can be a wet one, but if you want to spend the night, there is a dry cabin waiting for you at the lake.

There is also a cabin just off the road, only 250 feet from the trailhead; both are available through the Forest Service
reservation-and-fee system ( or 877-444-6777). Campsites are very limited."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
60 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Best May through October
Season & Limits
Chugach National Forest, Cordova Ranger District, 612 Second Street, PO Box 280, Cordova, AK 99574; (907) 424-7661;
Local Contacts
USGS Cordova B-4; Forest Service leaflet McKinley Lake–Pipeline Lakes Trail System; National Geographic Prince William Sound East
Local Maps