McHugh Creek Trails
This trailhead has a number of different adventure
opportunities. All ranges of hiker
ability can be met depending on which trail one chooses.
The 3 mile hike back to Potter creek is easy.
The one hour climb up a thousand feet up to table rock is a perfect
moderate hike. For a long and arduous hike, backpackers can climb up and out
to the south for about seven miles to McHugh and Rabbit Lakes.
Head south on the Seward Highway out of Anchorage toward
Girdwood. Roughly three miles past
the end of Potters Marsh, the parking lots will be on the left side of the road
and are announced by the brown and white state signs.
The turnoff will be found shortly after rounding one of the rock
outcroppings so keep eyes peeled. The
mileposts are missing in this area, but the turnoff would be near the 112 mile
marker. If you come to Beluga
Point, turn around and head back toward Anchorage about one mile.
There are three levels of parking at McHugh Creek
Trailhead. The bottom level is
accessible anytime. There is a gate
that blocks the road into the second and third lots closing off the park between
9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Up at the
second lot there are picnic areas with tables. There is also a walkway that features views of the creek
falling into a small lake just below the first parking lot. Toilettes can be found at both the second and third levels of
parking. The trailheads for all
routes are located at the top of the third parking lot. There is no fee to park here.
Last Visited: August 2000