Rabbit Lake Trail

MODERATE 116 reviews
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Rabbit Lake Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,440 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

no shade

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.

27 minutes ago

Well worth the hike! It is absolutely beautiful and the Lake is amazing!

8 days ago

Was there a week ago. Absolutely worth the trek. Breathtaking hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views, and tons of water along the hike for pups to drink. The slow climb up to the lake makes the hike kind of easy. We would rate it “moderate” only because of the distance.

8 days ago

More of a nature walk but well worth the view at the end! Beautiful September weather!!

hiking
20 days ago

Hiking to rabbit lake is easy but very rocky roads. I would suggest a good hiking shoes and wind jacket. At the end it gets pretty windy. I loved the view ! Amazing! next time I'll go I'll camp there.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
1 month ago

Great view at the lake. Good hike with moderate incline in the beginning but then it's flat. Coming back was faster. It was pretty windy near the lake. Glad I had a coat. This was not too far away and close to home.

1 month ago

Enjoyable moderate hike. We parked before the fee area, so it’s a little further of a hike in to the actual trailhead. Lots of people on the trail yesterday afternoon/evening. There was a bull moose sighting, but no disturbance by said moose. There were two tents at Rabbit Lake, which looked like a scenic spot to camp for a night.

trail running
1 month ago

Pretty easy trail and great for trail running because once you get up the little incline at the beginning it flattens out. No bears, No moose, and very dog friendly trail! This is my 4th time doing this one and I would recommend going on a clear day, the lake and suicide and homicide peaks will give you a phenomenal view

1 month ago

I don't like the long, boring, uphill hike in. On a sunny day like last Sunday it feels like you are baking and there are few shady spots for relief. The dogs and kids were overheating and miserable. Once it opens up it's beautiful but I'd rather do the Williwaw Lakes trail where you get to beautiful scenery faster. A long hike up a road bed and then through alders isn't worth the payoff when compared to other trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike but lots of traffic and bikers. View opens up about halfway in. Some areas of running water using main trail but mostly over rock, little mud but avoidable. Some stretches brush-lined, haven't seen bears on multiple outings but always fresh sign. Nice Inlet views on hike out. Parking for beyond iron ranger worthwhile if spots are available. Young to old, fit to not, mellow trail for anyone with gradual climb thru the valley.

hiking
2 months ago

Relatively easy hike. A very small incline in the beginning but the rest is flat. About 4.7 miles there and 4.7 back. The first mile or two is pretty narrow (only one person can fit at a time) because of thick bushes and trees. The entire trail is rocky. It looks like it used to be an old river or stream. It’s not terrible to walk on by any means but there are a few creeks in between so it can be muddy in a few spots. If taking your dogs, be aware that they might need hiking boots for this trail. My 100lb Dane shredded all 4 paws and had to be carried the last two miles down the mountain. My 40lb Golden also had a few cut up paws but nothing serious. Just something to think about if bringing your dogs! I saw a few people having to carry their dogs back on the way down too. There is also no shade on the trail or at the lake, so wear sunscreen! The lake itself is absolutely beautiful. And huge. You could definitely camp out with more than enough space between you and the next person. Rainbow trout are also in the lake and our friends actually caught a few. The way back down is super easy since it is flat then slightly downhill. We saw a bull moose on the trail so just keep a heads up for wildlife and keep plenty of space in between if you do have an encounter. Overall great hike! Definitely recommend this one and would do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

For me (not in good shape) it was definitely a long hike. The first two miles have a few streams running through places and small pebbles so it can be muddy. It’s a steady moderate incline with thick brush and then it flattens and widens after you get above tree level. Well traveled with multiple people with dogs along the way and some families with children. The view at the end was worth it. We packed snacks and enjoyed the view. The trek back was a lot easier since it was mostly downhill. Definitely recommend.

2 months ago

Fun, easy, longer hike.

hiking
2 months ago

The first two miles are really boring-then it starts to get good. Easy trail overall, doesn’t feel like you’re really gaining hardly any elevation. A lot of cars at the trailhead, but pretty sure 85% of them were for Flattop.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome little hike!

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Great little hike!

3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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
3 months ago

Beautiful day!! Lake still frozen . Easy hike

hiking
3 months ago

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
4 months 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
4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

4/12 Went out on a bluebird day and it was just gorgeous. The trail is still covered in snow, and by the time we returned in the late afternoon the snow was pretty soft and we started postholing quite a bit. Will definitely do this hike again once the snow is melted and the lake is open!

6 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views of suicide peaks! I see people mountain biking this trail alot also.

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