McHugh and Rabbit Lakes

Anchorage, Alaska

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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.

McHugh and Rabbit Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best mid-June through September
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park, 18620 Seward Hwy., Anchorage, Alaska 99516; 907-345-5014; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7 and A-8 (SE); Imus Geographics Chugach State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to McHugh and Rabbit Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

7/8/2006
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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.



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