Chugach

Rabbit and McHugh Lake Trails

brochure Chugach - Rabbit and McHugh Lake Trails

Guide to the Rabbit and McHugh Lake Trails at Chugach State Park (SP) in Alaska. Published by Alaska State Parks.

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Guide to Rabbit & McHugh Lake Trails in Chugach State Park Access: McHugh Creek Trailhead (McHugh Lake Trail); Rabbit Creek Trailhead (Rabbit Lake Trail) Allowable Uses: Hiking. Biking allowed on Rabbit Lake Trail. No biking allowed on McHugh Creek Trail. Distance: (to Rabbit Lake) 6.4 miles via McHugh Lake Trail; 4.4 miles via Rabbit Lake Trail, or a 10.8 mile traverse. Elevation Gain: 2900 feet via McHugh Lake Trail; 1200 feet via Rabbit Lake Trail Difficulty: Both are moderate. (feet) Elevation(feet) Elevation McHugh McHughLake LakeTrail TrailProfile Profile 3500 3500 3000 3000 2500 Rabbit Lake 2500 2000 2000 1500 1500 Rabbit Lake TH 1000 1000 500 500 00 00 11 22 33 McHugh Creek TH 44 55 66 77 Distance Distance(miles) (miles) Trail Descriptions: Safety and Considerations: Rabbit Lake: Past the gate, the trail follows an old Parking is limited at the Rabbit Lake Trailhead on Lower Canyon Road. Area around lakes can be extremely windy. roadbed through brush and quickly opens up to views of Rabbit Creek Valley. The road then peters out and a narrower trail leads to Rabbit Lake. McHugh 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. Special Features: Day hikes to Rabbit Lake from either trailhead or a traverse of both trails. Popular backpacking location. Beautiful Rabbit and McHugh Lakes are framed by alpine meadows and the rugged Suicide Peaks. Park Rules: Biking allowed to Rabbit Lake on trail, only. No biking allowed on McHugh Lake Trail. 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. Contact: Chugach State Park Headquarters Mile 115, Seward Highway csp@alaska.gov - Potter Section House (907) 345-5014

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