I first climbed McHugh with a friend of mine Michae Westbrook via the SW ridge from McHugh Creek trailhead. It is a great route to go up as you get the full effect.
Last summer, Ben Anderson-Agimuk and I ran up from McHugh Creek up to the divide between Rabbit Lake and McHugh Lake. Then followed the NE ridge up and over the summit and down the SW ridge to Mile 1 of the McHugh Creek Trail. Awesome trail run! McHugh Peak's ridges just beg to be run.
I use the first hump on the north ridge for a short evening exercise run, but have probably been to the real summit only half a dozen times spread over a decade. I didn't discover the northwest ridge access, which I've included in the text, until 2010, and first used it for a winter ascent on Jan. 2, 2012.
First climbed it in the 1980s via the Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2000
I first climbed McHugh Peak via the east ridge from Rabbit Lake in the 1980s with Doug Hamilton. I returned on September 16, 2000, with Doug Hamilton and climbed the standard route from Honey Bear. On April 26, 2003, I climbed McHugh Peak from the McHugh Creek trailhead with Annette Iverson. On August 16, 2008, I climbed McHugh Peak during an orienteering race that started in the Potter Valley subdivision. On May 24, 2012, I climbed it from Honey Bear Lane with my nephew and niece, Timothy Gruhn and Hannah Gruhn.