Hike to Rabbit Lake & McHugh Peak

Hike to Rabbit Lake & McHugh Peak

Rabbit Lake Trailhead, Anchorage

Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

200 Feet

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

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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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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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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!

Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

200 Feet

Activities

Camping, Fishing, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

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