The new trail is almost twice a long as the old direct route. It is far safer for families with little kids, though. Judy, Strider and I hiked it today.
The park people have erected some barriers, to keep people off the old trails, some of which are being replanted with local flora.
This set of stairs had several rocks that must weigh over 500 pounds.
Another long, wide staircase.
Part of a series of staircases.
The top of the new trail, as it converges with the old one, just to the west of the lake.
Overlooking the western edge of Gold Cord Lake, looking down on Independence Mine valley, the peaks around the summit of Hatcher Pass, and a bit of the lower Knik River basin in the background. I counted 52 people up at the lake, by far the most people I've ever seen there.
The southwest corner of the lake, with its shades of blue, green, azure and aquamarine.