Cora Lakes via Isberg Trail

1 review #91 hike out of 134 in
4.1 mi
2 hrs 7 min
1,273 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate one way trail to Cora Lakes in Sierra National Forest.

The trails first couple of miles is through a heavily burned area. The trail is a little challenging to follow, look for occasional stone water diversions and keep to the compacted dirt areas. Once you arrive at the Niche, the burn area nearly stops. The trail into Cora Lakes is easy to follow and very nice along Granite Creek. The trail wraps part way around the first larger of the lakes. A spur trail extends up the slight incline to the upper lake. The first lake to me seems the most scenic and accessible.

Getting Started

The roads into this area are limited due to the 2020 creek fire. The bridge at Norris Creek is out, so coming in Minaret road is the most feasible (vs Beasore Road). The trail sign is burned but their is a stone cairn that makes the trail near the parking area (see the bear boxes stacked)

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    7 months, 3 weeks ago
    Unfortunately, the first two miles of the hike goes through the recent 2020 creek fire burn. I started the hike late in the day but it wasn't too hot yet. Once you get to the Niche, most of the burn stopped and you have the pleasant views of Granite Creek and the surrounding peaks. The lakes were nice and cool but a fair amount of mosquitos. Very small patches of snow around the lake.
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