This week’s Get Out segment, KTVA got out and got to know a hike from McHugh Trail.

The McHugh Trailhead is a section of the Turnagain Arm trail and has a number of different adventure opportunities. All ranges of hiker ability can be met, depending on which trail one chooses. 

If you’re looking for an easy hike, the three-mile hike back to Potter Creek is a good beginner trail.

This week, KTVA took the one-hour climb up 1000-feet up to Table Rock for a moderate hike. 

Even though it climbs rather high above sea level, the path switches back and forth across the hill, so the climb is not steep until just under the rock. 

Know before you go hike to Table Rock:

  • Trail is the first to dry up in the spring
  • This trail can be confusing because it is a side trail
  • It may be best to go with a group who has hiked this before
  • Take water for the trip
  • There are picnic tables and restrooms at McHugh parking lot

Hiking directions to get to Table Rock: start at McHugh upper parking lot and head west on the Turnagain Arm Trail. After one-quarter mile, you’ll reach a T-intersection with the McHugh/ Rabbit Lakes Trail. Follow McHugh to Rabbit Lakes Trail for one-quarter mile and then turn left on a not-clearly marked trail, “scenic loop”. Follow the trail as it loops back to the McHugh/ Rabbit Lakes Trail, then go left on a trail leading directly uphill.

Driving directions from Anchorage: head south on the New Seward Highway. Shortly after passing Potter Marsh, look for the Chugach State Park headquarters on your right. Continue for another three miles from there and the McHugh Creek parking area will be on your left; it's rather large and hard to miss. The trail starts from the top-left section of the higher parking area.

Here is the behind the scenes on the trail.

If you want a longer hike, backpackers can climb up and out to the south From Table Rock for about seven miles to McHugh and Rabbit Lakes.

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