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Rabbit Creek
Rabbit Lake and the Suicide Peaks. Chugach State Park, Alaska.jpg
The headwaters of Rabbit Creek at Rabbit Lake, with North and South Suicide Peaks in the background
Anchorage Watersheds.jpg
Anchorage Watersheds with Rabbit Creek and Little Rabbit Creek in green and pink, respectively
Native name Ggeh Betnu
Country United States
State Alaska
Municipality Anchorage
Physical characteristics
Main source Rabbit Lake
Chugach Mountains
3,153 ft (961 m)
River mouth Turnagain Arm, Anchorage
13 ft (4.0 m)
Length 15 mi (24 km)
Discharge


Basin features
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Little Rabbit Creek

Rabbit Creek is one of several streams that flow through the city of Anchorage, Alaska. It runs for 15 miles from the Chugach Mountains to Turnagain Arm. Before English-speaking settlers arrived in Anchorage, the Dena'ina called the creek "Ggeh Betnu."

Course

The headwaters of Rabbit Creek originate at 3,153 ft (961 m) at Rabbit Lake, a 75-acre (0.30 km2) alpine lake at the base of North Suicide and South Suicide Peak. Rabbit Lake is a popular hiking destination and can be reached via either the Rabbit Lake Trail or the neighboring McHugh Creek drainage. The creek then descends from the Chugach Mountains and flows west through residential areas and green spaces including Griffin Park. Near its mouth at Potter Marsh it receives a tributary from Little Rabbit Creek, which drains the hillside just south of the main creek channel. It then flows southwest under the Seward Highway and empties into Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet.

Recreation

A well-traversed 4.4-mile hiking trail begins at Canyon Road and follows the upper stretch of Rabbit Creek through the Chugach Mountains to Rabbit Lake.

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