This 13-mile trail originates at McHugh Creek Picnic Area, 15 miles south of Anchorage at Mile 111.8 of the Seward Hwy. The route follows the McHugh Creek valley and in 7 miles reaches Rabbit and McHugh Lakes, two beautiful alpine pools reflecting the 5000ft Suicide Peaks.

A forest fire in 2016 burned much of the forest along this trail, but you can see signs of regrowth, including carpets of wildflowers beneath the blackened trees.The first 3 miles feature some good climbs, and the round-trip trek makes for a long day. It’s better to haul in a tent and spend the afternoon exploring the open tundra country and nearby ridges.