Explore the most popular Camping trails in Chugach State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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snow
4 days ago

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icy
snow
8 days ago

This was a great hike. After the initial uphill it opens up and leaves you in a broad valley surrounded by majestic mountains. I went after it had been sunny for a few days and it was mostly dried up. There was about a quarter mile of ice that was annoying to get around (but not that hard) and hard packed snow for the last mile or so. Some creek crossings, so waterproof shoes would be recommended, I did it without micro spikes or trekking poles, but I did do some sliding. Just the right amount of people, but I’m sure it gets crazy in the summer.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail. Very easy to walk and little snow. Only had one issue and have learned many people have the same struggle, my dog ripped his paws up good on the trail. So if you’re bringing a pup, booties for sure!

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icy
snow
16 days ago

Even though the trail was mostly flooded (stream flowing down the trail), at times icy (had to cut through bushes off trail) and snowy for the last quarter, it was very enjoyable. Didn’t have spikes or poles, it was very feasible.

Only went 3.5 miles in then turned around. Beautiful views the whole way.

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snow
23 days ago

We had to turn back due to the extreme winds. It’s always a windy hike, especially at the lake, but there were actually high wind warnings for 60-80 MPH winds this weekend on hillside and they were not lying.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

As the snow and winter weather continues be aware the trail intersects avalanche terrain. This is a great, meandering trail with a lovely lake at the end. Bring extra layers as the weather can quickly change and the climate at the lake is typically cooler and windier than the first 3 miles of the trail.

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snow
1 month ago

There is now FOUR feet of snow! As of 10/11, we were the only ones who went all the way to the lake. We broke trail the last mile +.. but didn't know we would need snowshoes.. You will need snow shoes and cleats.. And put away those summer trail shoes. The views and lake are stunning. Two well behaved bull moose were munching along the trail..

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muddy
1 month ago

Wonderful hike. Prepare for water along the trail - waterproof shoes are a good idea, however it’s doable without. It got very cold/windy for us once we approached the valley. No snow on the ground though. Saw a moose and her calf, dall sheep far in the distance. Stunning views, and a sense of being remote which was a nice change to other popular trails we’ve been on lately. We didn’t make it fully to the lake because we’d carried our toddlers in packs and they were not having it lol...

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muddy
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

The first 2.5 miles is a steady but gradual rocky incline. The views get much better once you get past the first 3 miles. The fall foliage on the mountains was beautiful and Rabbit Lake was beautiful with the snow dusted mountain peaks in the background. Wildlife was active, with 4 sheep spotted within the first 2 miles. We were surprised to see moose, a bull, cow, and calf up on the mountain side very near the trail that leads up the backside to Mountain Top. This was an easy but longer hike. Be sure to wear shoes with heavy duty soles. We didn’t find trekking poles necessary.

hiking
1 month ago

The parking area is open and the construction is finished. We started our hike early in the day so parking was easy. There's a $5 fee for day parking and day use. The trail head is easy to find. The path is wide except in a few places where hiking in single file is required. The elevation starts at 1680 feet and is a gradual incline to the top at 3,210 feet. The weather can change quickly so be prepared for wind, rain, and even snow. When we hiked the weather was pleasant and clear in Anchorage, but rainy, snowy, windy and cold up at the lake. We hiked it in middle September and there was already snow on the mountains. The fall colors are spectacular and the views to the city of Anchorage are pretty amazing. The trail is rocky and wet in many places with small streams crossing the path. It's easy to cross the streams. Wear water proof shoes. This trail is great for trail running too. I wouldn't recommend this hike for small children.

on Rabbit Lake Trail

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

This was a great trail for novice hikers. Path was easy to follow since it seems to be an old road. Alpine lake is very pretty and the beginnings of fall foliage are worth the trek. Missing a star: It was frustrating that so many dogs were off leash as we were hoping to see more wildlife. We saw a few sheep (one of which was being barked and harassed by an off-leash dog).

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rocky
2 months ago

Trailhead is now open for Rabbit Lake. $5 day fee to park. Be sure to drive to end of road past backside trailhead to Flattop. Trail to Rabbit Lake is really an old gravel road, not a single track trail. It is a bit of a slog, best views are off trail to rightside of lake. Take use trail down to valley past pond for great view.

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blowdown
bridge out
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

beautiful but hard.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

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