Anchorage, Alaska

Hike to Rabbit Lake & McHugh Peak

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

Originally 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.  

Read More

Tags

Camping
Fishing
Backpacking
Hiking
Lake
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

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!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Anchorage, Alaska

Crow Pass Cabin

Overview Crow Pass Cabin is located about 500 yards off the Crow Pass Trail, which follows part of the former supply route for the Iditarod Trail. The trail is popular destination for its historic ...

From $75/night

Hope, Alaska

West Swan Lake Cabin

Overview West Swan Lake Cabin is in a very remote area on the Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska. Swan Lake is just steps away from the cabin, with great fishing and boating opportunities.Ther...

Hope, Alaska

Trout Lake Cabin

Overview Trout Lake Cabin is a large, rustic cabin set alongside Trout Lakeoffering a placefor visitors to come and enjoy the forests of south-central Alaska. It provides access to great fishing an...

Hope, Alaska

Swan Lake Cabin Seward

Overview Swan Lake Cabin is a rustic cabin on beautiful Swan Lake, providing access to fishing, hunting, hiking, and wildlife viewing opportunities. The cabin can be accessed by hiking, biking, s...

Nearby Adventures

  • Hike to Rabbit Lake and the Suicide Peaks

    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 i...

    10 miles

  • Hike up Flattop Mountain

    This moderate to difficult climb starts at 2200 feet and gets progressively difficult as you get closer to the top. It will cost $5(cash or card) to park at the Glen Alps Trailhead where you will find a set of well maintained trails accessing diff...

    3.4 miles 1300 ft gain

  • Hike O'Malley Peak

    Parking is at the Glen Alps trail head and costs $5 if you don't have a yearly pass which is $40 and lets you park at all the state parks without paying every time. This is also the same parking lot that you would use for the most hiked mountain i...

    9 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Hike Bird Ridge

    The trail begins at sea level and winds its way through the forest gradually, occasionally allowing a peek at the Turnagain Arm behind you. Once out of the treeline, the trail becomes much steeper, around dirt and rocks, but with the summit in si...