Explore the most popular river 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Unparalleled views and scenery seem too easily accessed for the quick, flat hike. Get up close to ice and snow formations, a twisting river, and Byron Glacier, and look back at Portage Valley and Lake if you climb a little higher. Bring bug spray.

A nice wide trail back to the snowfield by Byron Glacier. Lots of rocks to climb on at the end. The kids and dogs love it. Just don't go in the snow caves or up on the snow over the river. People have died when the snow or ice collapses. Berry picking is good along the trail in the fall, especially for salmon berries. Bring a jacket as the temperature drops as you get closer to the glacier.

Very easy mile there and mile back. Bug spray in July is a must. Beautiful views and snow to play on at the end.

walking
7 days ago

Dog and kid friendly. One of the most beautiful platform decks that I’ve ever been too. My 3-year old daughter and I can’t stop returning. Check out the hollow tree along the route as it also makes for a great picture. We did see a black bear along the trail but it didn’t mind our presence.

hiking
9 days ago

I did the hike on June 25th. It was just what I was looking for. Its fairly flat. You start by going over a bit of a rise, nothing demanding, and then the rest relatively flat through a valley where it ends at a pretty lake. I should say that I was going to do the backside of Flat Top Mountain and noticed clouds rolling in and decided to do Rabbit Lake Trail instead. (The trail heads are very close to each other). In truth I’m out of shape and had just flown in the night before from NYC and was feeling out of sorts and did not want anything all that strenuous. The trail delivered. It’s quite beautiful. You definitely feel like you are out in nature. The work:benefit ratio is quite high.

Only saw one couple on the way out and they were off to the side picking berries or something. Otherwise I had the place to myself. On the return hike I passed a number of folks - family with four kids and a dog, a couple with dogs, mountain bikers (with dogs).

I definitely appreciate that I stepped off around 8:00. It took me a little over 4 hours.

Never saw a waterfall & BRING BUG SPRAY!!!! Nice trail to just stroll down and dip your feet in the river

14 days ago

This is actually the River Woods Trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Not a hike I would do again on a cloud free day! There is no shade anywhere on the trail and when it’s hot it’s hot! The first 2 miles is through brush and the last two-ish is through the open valley and you get beautiful Mountain View’s all around! This hike is long. Especially if you park where alltrails told us where the trail was, make sure you drive all the way to the end of that road or you are adding a hard uphill mile to your hike. Overall a good decent moderate hike.

hiking
14 days ago

So so worth it, those were my son’s words. I did this trail with my husband and son and we had a blast. We hiked for about a mile to the end of the trail and then hiked over the snow and boulders. We enjoyed some ice caves it was great.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice hike on a beautiful day. The trail opens up after the first mile or two and it's very expansive and pretty. If you go to the other side of Rabbit Lake and hike toward Suicide Peaks, there is another smaller lake down below and I believe it's McHugh Lake that drains into what must be the beginning of McHugh creek. Be prepared because even though it was a hot day, when the wind picks up it's quite chilly by the lakes. And parking can be a challenge along the narrow road.

It’s more like a large creek. Great trial though

The trail for the most part was well labeled until we had to cross a rather large river which I wasn’t expecting but none the-less it was still a really nice and easy hike with no large hills.

hiking
20 days ago

Awesome little hike!

hiking
21 days ago

Was an easy gradual hike. You could stand on some of the ice on the lake in June. Went after Solstice and it was a bit cloudy but it was dynamic beautiful.

I didn’t even care that there were quite a few people on the trail. It was so beautiful! Great stroll and an incredible place to drink a beer

Great little hike!

hiking
25 days ago

Very easy trail. Glacier has receded quite a bit but you can hike on the rocks to get a bit further back and less people are there. Otherwise a lot of people on the trail.

Great trail for the whole family. Very scenic and long enough to feel like you've gotten in a good amount of activity. Take a small snack to chow while enjoying the lake before turning back toward the trailhead. Can be a bit windy at the lake so bring sleeves if you plan to take in the scenery. On the right day you will see sheep toward the lake. Moose are often nearby. We love this trail!

Started at Alyeska side. Still too early in the season...had to turn around at the pass due to all the snow. Perhaps with snow shoes, but it was too soft to support my pack and weight and I kept falling through. Snow patches leading up to the pass were compact and walkable, but made the trail difficult to find at times.

It was a good hike, although lake was still frozen.

Easy yet a trail that satisfies for spectacular views.

Maintained trail was clear and dry. Still a snow field between the end of the trail and the glacier itself. Beautiful sunny day, lots of families with small kids and dogs. Easy walk with a snowball fight at the end!

hiking
1 month ago

Went yesterday. Steady uphill incline for first half then flattens out till the lake. Still snow along Trail but packed pretty well to walk across. Lots of water/ mud along trail so be ready to get wet and dirty. Lake still frozen but a beautiful view regardless.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day!! Lake still frozen . Easy hike

nature trips
1 month ago

Great walk! Not a hike at all so I would say anyone can do it. The glacier is significantly melted but there’s still snow to walk on. Went on a Thursday around 4 and t was pretty well trafficked but again, hiking alone so it was nice.

05.31.18 Still snow on the main trail, so we chose to climb the hill along side the trail and check out Ptarmigan Pass. Lots of traversing and side-hilling to make it to 3300 ft. Incredible views of town and the inlet. We even saw Redoubt.

backpacking
1 month ago

Camped there last night. Trail is super wet, wear boots. A lot of it you’re still walking through snow. Super easy and fun!

hiking
2 months ago

5/13 Went out and the lake was still frozen over, will probably go back July/August. Otherwise, the views were pretty and saw some Eagles and Ptarmigans on the way there. Trail still has a good amount of snow, especially near the end, but not too difficult of a hike.

a bit of snow and ice still on the trail, but not bad. great trail system in the area for camping, hiking and biking

walking
2 months ago

Good trail. Muddy with a bit of snow. Need to cross water towards the end, but nothing major. Highlight was coming within 30 feet of a moose on the way back, who, fortunately, didn’t seem to mind our music.

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