McHugh Lake Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,674 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

forest

lake

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.

3 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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.

2 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
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hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017