Hike to Rabbit Lake & McHugh Peak

5 Miles Round Trip - 200 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Rabbit Lake Trailhead, Anchorage - Search Nearby - Added by Albert Castilleja

This is an amazing steady hike near anchorage, a very popular trail to locals and yet little known to outsiders. Explore rabbit lake & McHugh peak!

Rabbit lake and McHugh peak easy way in trail starts at Canyon Road off DeArmoun. This road is still not completely paved and I recommend you drive slow. You must arrived early to obtain parking spots on the weekends otherwise you'll be fine. Parking is free. The change of elevation is minimum yet the changing ecosystems is quite clear on this path. You'll start of with a lot of spruces trees and vegetation fallowed by shrubs, and then tundra. 

Trail is well marked and easy to fallow. Be sure to carry a bear bell or bear pepper spray since you can encounter a bear or moose. Hike with caution and leave no trace behind. You can camp in one place for 3 days and then you have to move campground. 

Rabbit lake is stocked with rainbow trout, so for any angler this is a great place to fish. Be sure to have your Alaska fishing license. 

NOTE: weather those change fast in Alaska so be prepared for rain, strong winds, cloudy conditions, warm, and light clothing incase you stay to camp.  

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Camping
Fishing
Backpacking
Hiking
Lake
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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5 Miles
200 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Perfect day trip.

Started out a little before 10am. Nice hike with lots of great scenery. Saw moose and mountain sheep on our way to Rabbit lake. Once we arrived it was all it looked like on the photos. Cold clear water and being underneath suicide peaks.... just wow!!! Went a little further to another lake near by as well. Just amazing. Will do it again soon. Good for family fun as well. Not a killer hike at all.

Windy

Very Very windy be prepared for the elements. As you get towards the top there is no cover. I didn’t catch anything but it was too windy to fish anyways. It’s 10 miles total but totally worth it!