McHugh Lake Trail

MODERATE 3 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.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

5 months ago

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.