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McHugh Lake Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

6.9 mile 11.0 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,119' 951 m
Descent: -62' -19 m
High: 3,187' 972 m
Low: 112' 34 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 58% (30°)

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Trail shared by Abe H

This valley trail follows McHugh Creek through the trees to a series of alpine lakes.

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · Swimming · Views

Parking at the McHugh Creek Trailhead requires a $5 fee or an Alaska State Parks Pass. Park in the lower lot outside the gate if you intend to be there past 9pm. They do close the gate every night.

Description

McHugh Lake Trail starts along Turnagain Arm Trail at the McHugh Creek access parking lot and runs through treeline up to a series of alpine lakes. The two named lakes are McHugh and Rabbit Lakes, and they are also accessible via the Rabbit Lake Trail.

The trail steadily climbs from near sea level to 3,000' over 6.4 miles. This is a common trail used for backpacking that also provides access to routes that summit the Suicide Peaks.

Please be wary of bears in the area. Bears are frequently spotted and have been known to attack humans.

This trail has an easy/intermediate difficulty rating for its length and intermittent grades above 10%.

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Jun 29, 2019
Amy Peloza
Veg on trail high and thick; didn't see bear sign despite the sign at the parking lot. Views smoky from the fire, but always good to get out! 5mi — 2h 15m

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