Hike to Rabbit Lake and the Suicide Peaks

Hike to Rabbit Lake and the Suicide Peaks

Rabbit Lake Trailhead, Anchorage

Distance

10 Miles

Activities

Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Eric Hedstrand

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Great accessible 3 hour day hike that is extendable into climbing to the top of one (or both) of the suicide peaks. You're likely to see marmots, eagles, and drop dead stunning views along the way.

The best part about this trail other than the stunning views is it's easy access from Anchorage; it is about a 20 minute drive from the center of town.  

You can access the trailhead by taking DeArmoun Road past Hillside Drive, when it soon turns into Canyon Road. You basically drive until the road dead ends in a small parking lot type area.  From here it is about a 3 hour hike.  The first part of the hike is on a fairly large Jeep gravel path.  The path narrows into an actual trail about 30 minutes in, when you'll start to gain elevation and see beautiful views of the Anchorage bowl.  The trail past here is generally flat with a slight incline the whole way.  Very easy.  

About an hour into the hike, you'll see the tips of the gorgeous Suicide peaks, which are pretty easy to summit if you start early enough in the day.  Once you reach the lake, it's a perfect spot for a picnic lunch or a snack, although i'd recommend finding shelter as everytime i've been here the wind is howling and the breeze can be quite chilly, even in summer.  If you are continuing onto summit the peaks, you can access them from the lake, although I would only attempt either peak on a perfectly sunny day. 

In short, this is an easy day hike that is kid and dog friendly.  Also possible to mountain bike.  5 stars.

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Busy hike

This is a fairly busy hike. I'd make sure you have a bell and bear spray because a good stretch of this hike is through bushes where there is not good visibility.

Be prepared

Loved it, very beautiful views and lake. It was very very windy and couldn’t even fish because of it. I know the lake is stocked with rainbow trout. Worth the distance, but be prepared because of wind rain and snow possibilities

A must hike in Anchorage

I was so hungover the day I hiked this with my buds. It didn't make it easy, but overall by the time we made it to the lake I was in full recovery. Ended up hiking far beyond rabbit lake as there are a couple other lakes and some insane views up here. Elevation gain is around 1500 from trailhead to lake, but keep going and you can hit multiple lovely ridges and some insane blueberry laden areas for a snack. You can backpack in and camp here which I hope to do once it warms up because this is a great spot for base camp. Loads of trails and some of the most beautiful and easy-ish to reach Alaskan backcountry. Just do it.

Distance

10 Miles

Activities

Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Eric Hedstrand

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