McHugh and Rabbit Lakes

Anchorage, Alaska 99505

McHugh and Rabbit Lakes

McHugh and Rabbit Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail winds through forest, meadow and into alpine tundra
with wonderful views, lakes, and prominent peaks in McHugh
Creek Valley. The McHugh Trail leads through forest, meadow, and brush into alpine tundra and lake country below the craggy Suicide Peaks.

Great views, two lakes, and McHugh Creek’s alpine basin are the highlights of the hike. Moose, Dall sheep, grouse, ptarmigan, and bears frequent this wild valley."

More McHugh and Rabbit Lakes Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The McHugh Lake Trail traverses in a northeasterly direction along the McHugh Creek Valley and parallel with McHugh Creek, finally ending at two pristine alpine lakes—Rabbit and McHugh. This excellent full-day hike guarantees outstanding scenic views of Turnagain Arm and Cook Inlet, mountain peaks, glacially carved valleys, mature forests, wildflowers, and Alaskan wildlife. This is a very popular stopping place with a large paved parking area, picnic facilities, restrooms, and a scenic overlook. In addition to hiking the trails, many people stop here to view Turnagain Arm, bore tides, beluga whales, and a large picturesque waterfall near the road. The facility also has a seasonal park host on site."

McHugh and Rabbit Lakes Trip Reports

3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
icon1 Total
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
Trail was a bit overgrown and mostly in brush and trees. About a quarter of the hike seemed to be walking in devil's club that was face high. Did see lots of wildlife - a black bear that was about a half mile away (around mile 5), about 15 dall sheep, 2 moose and a momma black bear and her 2 cubs about a mile from the parking area and just right off the trail. Definitely bear country in this area of the Chugach. Due to time constraint, did not make it all the way to the Lakes. I plan to approach the lakes from the North off of Upper Canyon road on the old Rabbit Lake trail, which supposedly passes through some private property. Very pretty valley, but just way too much brush. I might give it a try again as an early Spring hike when the brush has not grown up yet.

McHugh and Rabbit Lakes Photos

Show off your photography skills ... post your pics of this trail!

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best mid-June through September
Chugach State Park, 18620 Seward Hwy., Anchorage, Alaska 99516; 907-345-5014;
Local Contacts
USGS Anchorage A-7 and A-8 (SE); Imus Geographics Chugach State Park
Local Maps

Trail Log