McHugh Lake–Rabbit Lake Trail

Anchorage, Alaska

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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 Lake–Rabbit Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 14.2
Elevation Gain: 2,750 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Season: June through September
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage
Driving Directions: Directions to McHugh Lake–Rabbit Lake Trail

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May 2018