McHugh Peak

Anchorage, Alaska

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Rising in a great massif from McHugh Creek Valley, McHugh Peak is not so much a distinct mountain as a 5-mile long ridge punctuated by craggy pinnacles. Though it borders south Anchorage, it lacks both the ease of access and the crowds you’ll find at neighboring Flattop Mountain. Getting to the ridge crest involves a tiring climb, but easy walking atop the ridge—which overlooks South Anchorage and Turnagain Arm—rewards the effort.

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"Rising in a great massif from McHugh Creek Valley, McHugh Peak is not so much a distinct mountain as a 5-mile long ridge punctuated by craggy pinnacles.

Though it borders south Anchorage, it lacks both the ease of access and the crowds you’ll find at neighboring Flattop Mountain. Getting to the ridge crest involves a tiring climb, but easy walking atop the ridge—which overlooks South Anchorage and Turnagain Arm—rewards the effort."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7, Anchorage A-8
Driving Directions: Directions to McHugh Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

5/19/2008
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Nice trail with impressive views but take care on the ridge. It is somewhat exposed in places and the snow along the crest is occasionally unsupported by rock resulting in a snow bridge spanning a 2000' drop. The view from the peak to Black Lake is guaranteed to bring on the vertigo.


4/20/2003
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No snow this year so this one cleared up early, a great hike all round but have a half day or more to do it.



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May 2018