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Excellent walk through forest to superb mountain views

The trail is well marked and has nice variation from forest to montane. You do need a reasonable... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2018
Jennifer T
Currie, Australia
Good path and wonderful views from the top

We were in Ketchikan for one day on a cruise and were able to complete this hike with lots of time... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
Jackey M
Ottawa, Canada
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Ketchikan Lakes Road, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, AK 99901
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

The trail is well marked and has nice variation from forest to montane. You do need a reasonable level of fitness as there are some steep bits.

Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed September 13, 2018

We were in Ketchikan for one day on a cruise and were able to complete this hike with lots of time to spare. The trail is well marked, but rocky in places. We had hiking poles, which were very useful on the way down. Recommended...More

Thank Jackey M
Reviewed July 4, 2018

This track is not for the faint hearted. It is not a well maintained track so in some places you are climbing up stoney paths and tree roots. It is very steep but well wrothy the effort.

Thank Patricia M
Reviewed June 21, 2018

We do this hike every visit to KTN. It is beautiful but a lot of up hill. Views along the way are amazing. Take water and wear good walking shoes. Will be muddy and slippery in some places if it has rained recently.

Thank travelgal0
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is an easy trail which has everything that is characteristic of the Alaskan Rainforest within an accessible trail. It takes only a few hours and you get a good introduction to the mosses, lichens, and muskeg as well as the spruce, hemlock forest. the...More

1  Thank Kenneth E
Reviewed May 3, 2018

We are not hikers but this is an easy trail and a beautiful forest. I highly recommend the journey. Photos were gorgeous.

Thank jt7446
Reviewed August 26, 2017

From the cruise ship, we took the free shuttle to Totem Heritage Center and walked to Deer Mountain Trail. It was raining and we didn't reach a lookout point after 1 hour of hiking, and we saw quite a few people turning back without reaching...More

2  Thank Shailene_Hope
Reviewed August 9, 2017

We started hiking this trail too early @6:30am. Took a cab from the cruise ship to the trail head, $8 each way. Definitely not a easy hike. Since we started too early, there wasn't anyone else on the trail which made my husband think it...More

Thank LalithaKosuri
Reviewed August 8, 2017

Some references refer to the Deer Mountain trail as a easy hike, but that is not the case. The average person will take just about three hours to get to the peak which does afford spectacular views of Ketchikan and all the way to Canada...More

1  Thank rainbirdmuse
Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

This is a great hike with a nice trail. There is a LOT of heavy climbing. It's about 1500 feet in a little over a mile. The view is definitely worth it. There are no tours here... so grab a cab from the cruise port....More

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December 15, 2017|
Response from rainbirdmuse | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 2 1/2 hours to get up to the second lookout and then an hour to come back down.
July 15, 2017|
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Response from 531wendyc2013 | Reviewed this property |
We bought some trail mix at one of the souvenir shops as we disembarked.
July 6, 2015|
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Response from familyoffourdallas | Reviewed this property |
No waterfalls etc but definitely very interesting and beautiful to see the lush vegetation and hear all the birds as you climb.