A 8.7-mile out-and-back trail just 20 minutes by car from Anchorage. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 4 h 5 min to complete. This is a very popular area for backpacking, camping, and hiking.
Dogs: Welcome, but must be on a leash.
Features: Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Lake, River, Views, Wildlife
Route: Take Upper Canyon Road to Rabbit Lakes Trailhead. The trail can also be accessed at McHugh Creek just south of Anchorage. Trail can be hiked as either an out and back or one-way trail.
Condition of trail: Once an old road, the trail can be highly trafficked at certain times of the year. On rainy spring and summer days, the trail can get a bit muddy.
From Canyon Road: side of road, free - can get crowded in the summer.
From McHugh Creek: Parking lot, day use parking pass.
Chugach State Park requires a day use parking pass. Daily Parking decals must be permanently affixed on the lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side, inside the vehicle. You can also purchase an annual parking pass here: https://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/passes