McHugh Lake Trail is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.5 miElevation gain3,674 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Chugach State Park charges a $5 daily parking fee. You can also purchase an annual parking pass for $60. Trail follows switchbacks through Cottonwoods and Aspen until tree line, where Alders and grasses are encountered. Alpine dominates in the upper valley, where views open up. Trail follows the north side of McHugh Creek until it reaches Rabbit Lake.

Chugach State Park Headquarters Potter Section House Mile 115, Seward Highway (907) 345-5014 csp@alaska.gov

Open fires are not permitted. Portable camp stoves are permitted. Camping is only allowed over ½ mile from the trailhead or developed road. Camping in an undeveloped area of a state park is limited to 10 consecutive days. Visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/chugach for a complete set of park rules.

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Scott Kendall
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Tiffany Zaucha
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Did this hike last week and saw 3 black bears!

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Cathleen DB
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Nice trail- It is over grown and quiet, but nice. About a mile in we saw a couple bear faces watching us. Mama and 2 cubs were above us on the trail so we turned around. Will come back another day.

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Mike Hanks
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the woods are still regrowing from the fire very slowly, these means lots of sun! make sure you have mosquito spray and sunscreen for this hike. also keep an eye out for bear and moose

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Gage Armstrong
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Didn’t make it all the way... started getting too late.. definitely a hike to start early in the morning. Beautiful views.

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Joshua Berry
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Mathew Spence
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Man... I wish I would have seen Lauren's review earlier... we came from Canyon Rd trailhead in a hike through and 2 miles in we got into tremendous overgrowth that took hours to get through. The trail was hard to see and it was very uneven. We saw roughly 20 piles of bear scat. Gorgeous, but don't hike this past late June.

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Lauren Ashley
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Trail is SO overgrown past about mile 2...didn’t continue, couldn’t see my hiking partner 5 steps ahead of me due to the tall grass, signs of bear everywhere, grizzly tracks on the trail. Would have recommended earlier in the season, if more people were using this trail might not have been so overgrown but only saw bear tracks / bear scat on the trail no footsteps. Too spooked. Beautiful until the tall grass though.

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Sean Krassow
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beautiful hike, lots of elevation change. the end of the tail was still covered in snow and I was unable to get to the lake.

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Melissa Roth-Beers
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Trail was extremely overgrown, we weren't well enough prepared, ended up getting lost in the woods for a couple hours trying to find a new trail. once we were higher up the trail was more defined but eroded pretty badly. Couldn't beat the views and wildlife though!

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Ryan Fordt
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Good trail little over grown. We didn’t make it all the way because it was to thick and had just rained so we turned around at mile 3. The trail is beautiful and I would recommend this trail.

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Lisa Rogers
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the views were fantastic. We saw 3 black bears up the hillside from us. Trail towards mile 5-6 was hard to follow at times but we knew we were heading in the right direction.

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Dan Afergan
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Miranda Li
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Chicho Ocariz
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Vanessa Andrade
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Isaac Kumpula
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Jason Hodges
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Lance King
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Lance King
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Amber Sheffield
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Jake Prieto
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Joshua Berry
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Jillian Roberts
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beth hendrickson
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