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Rabbit Lake Trail is a 8.7 mile heavily 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, camping, nature trips, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.7 mi Elevation gain 1,440 ft Route type Out & Back

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The route to Rabbit Lake is a long, moderate climb up an old road bed that eventually turns to singletrack. Your reward for the long climb is that the trail ends at a gorgeous alpine lake. The area is popular in the summer with hikers and skiers in the winter, so you'll likely not be the only one on the trail.

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

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Jennette Cooney
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Off trailRockyScramble

My group and I had originally planned on doing Peak 2, but ended up taking the wrong trailhead. We didn't realize this until we were about a mile and a half in. We decided instead of going to the lake we would do a little bit of back country and climb a neighboring peak by Peak 3. The climb was long and strenuous (lots of scrambling), but the views were definitely worth it! Great 360 view of surrounding peaks and of Rabbit Lake. Coming down was a little tricky (lots of loss rock). Luckily there was plenty of vegetation as well. My phone died when we reached the top of the peak so I lost the recording of our route. Fun trip though, even if it turned into something totally different than what we had planned on.

Athenia Large
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HikingBugsFee

Lovely walk, only a bit of incline for the first two miles or so, then it’s fairly level walking, with pleasant views. There is plenty of pushki (cow parsnip) right along the side of the trail so long sleeves/pants may be best, especially on sunny days. It was hot at the beginning but windy once we got into the valley. We logged 10 miles from the car and back, but parked down the hill a bit, outside of the fee station, which added some of the steepest distance. Walking slowly, we did it in 2hr 10min out and just under 2hr back, not including a small lunch break out there. Ran into plenty of other hikers and saw multiple people camping at the lake. Would definitely do again.

Courtney Pijanowski
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Hiking

Pretty easy, perfect half day hike

Kalia Thao
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HikingBugsNo shade

Lots of bugs 2 miles in. Super foggy so no good view of the lake.

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Wendy Sue
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Hiking

Loved it! steady incline and beautiful once you get into the valley along the stream. Very peaceful hike. Got gorgeous pictures at the lake.

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Mason Reed
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HikingRocky

Amazing trail highly recommend also before the lake there’s a glacier you can cross the creak and go explore

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Alexandra Catozzi
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HikingBugsFee
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Christine McPhee
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HikingBugsFee

Fantastic hike! Great views. Lots of mosquitoes

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William Alexander
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HikingBugsFee

Easy trail with nice view the entire way. Took a little longer than average since we had young children walking the trail. Lake a gorgeous and cold. Plenty of areas to camp, saw some swimmers, floaters, and inner tubers relaxing in the lake. Great place to fly kites as it can get windy.

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Jules Rosales
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HikingBugs

Beautiful lake!

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Harold Macks
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A really easy hike it has a beautiful lake at the end no, been to the right and cross over the stream and go to the foot of the mountains it's like a whole nother world.

Alyssa Helland
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HikingBugsFee

Great hike! Took about 4 hours round trip including our stop at the lake. The lake was beautiful and this trail is great for dogs because it’s wide open for the most part. It does get crowded so get there early and make sure that you park facing down the hill so it’s easy to leave because there’s no room to turn around. Also, pay the fee. I got a ticket.....whoops

Cindy Her
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Bugs

great hike! did it in about 4 hours the hike starts in a gradual incline with many small streams to cross. eventually it comes to an opening/valley. then it becomes an easy walk to the lake. the lake is gorgeous. the whole hike is very scenic

Angel Bacher
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Hiking

Gorgeous! Longer hike but the lake is worth it. Steady incline first 2.5 miles hit evens out after that for rest of the elevation. Clocked more like 4.5 miles in, 9 miles runs trip. Little muddy in spots and lots of open streams flowing over the trail, but no more than 1/2 inch deep. And whoever found my ID and lovingly put it on my windshield.....you are a SAINT!!!

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Samuel Davila
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Ivy Schwin
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WalkingFeeMuddy

This walk is phenomenal!!! I didn’t go all the way to the lake today but I plan to soon!!! I wasn’t bothered by bugs at all and never applied repellant. Lots of people on the trail. There’s some muddy spots but it’s by no means bothersome. You can easily go around it or just get your tread muddy and step carefully. Lots of small streams cross the trail so the dog had lots of chances to drink. Someone else’s dog ran into a porcupine so be careful up there with your pups. Absolutely worth every step!!! Take a jacket bc once you get about 2.5 miles in, it’s gets windy and chilly (and I’m normally toasty!).

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Angela Wampler
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trail but it is long if you’re not used to hiking long ways. Rocky with streams that you cross; good for dogs to get quick drinks...then some “narrow” Bush to walk through. Eventually the trail opens up to breezy and beautiful views of the valley you’re in on the way to the lake. Our group started the walk around 3:30pm, and we all decided it was warm at first then as we continued on it got cooler and felt much better. The bugs bothered us most at the beginning but they fade away. It can get windy as you move towards the lake so if you’re cold natured bring a light jacket. Our dogs loved the walk, and there are lots of stopping points you can make for quick rests!

Jason Opheim
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Approached S. Suicide from Hauser's Gully up the righthand side of the scree. It really is 2 steps forward, 1 step back up the scree field so stick to sides where you can to find some solidish rock. Went up Windy Gap to S. Suicide then down and across the Gap up to N. Suicide and followed the light trail near to the top. At this point the trail is pretty easy but near the top it gets more technical. Decended via the Northside which was very technical having to pick a path down a near vertical side before crossing a rocky ridge. After crossing the ridge you can pick your way down which may involve rock climbing. If there is still snow there is the option to glissade at which point its just a pleasant walk across a Boulder field to a gorgeous beach at the head of Rabbit Lake

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