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McHugh / Rabbit Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The McHugh/Rabbit Lakes Trail climbs steadily through mixed forests, high grasslands, and open tundra to McHugh and Rabbit Lakes, two azure tarns walled by steep mountains. The trail starts near sea level and gains considerable elevation, but it does so at a gentle grade. It’s a manageable out-and-back day trip, but Rabbit and McHugh Lakes abound in beautiful (and popular) camping spots. Consider spending a night under the stars and exploring the lake environs the next day."
--Shane Shepherd & Owen Wozniak, 50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park (The Mountaineers Books).
good weather, if not a bit windy. easy mid week hike
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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