Hike or Bike Rabbit Lake, Anchorage

What: Anchorage area a hike leading up a beautiful valley in the Chugach Range. The hike is 8.7 miles with 1440 ft elevation gain, and is rated as moderate.

When: Rabbit Lake can be hiked year round, but is usually hiked in the summer time months between May and October. The hike should take roughly 4.5 hours out and back.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/uG3McCxMf4f3Lcwf7
Alltrails link: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/alaska/rabbit-lake-trail


  • While not difficult, the trail climbs pretty much the whole way in; keep pushing and you’ll be there before you know it.
  • The lake has some stunning views as you approach it, and is worth taking a loop of the lake to enjoy.
  • You can easily turn this into a longer one way hike by continuing east down the next valley all the way down to the McHugh Creek parking lot near Turnigain Arm.
  • Another add on to this hike is to go up Ptarmigan Peak which is rated as Difficult.
  • This hike is also open to bikes, and can be quite fun to do in the summer time.