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Deer Mountain Trail

Ketchikan Lakes Road, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, AK 99901
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We do this hike every visit to KTN. It is beautiful but a lot of up hill. Views along the way are... read more

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travelgal0
Great introduction to the Alaskan Rainforest

This is an easy trail which has everything that is characteristic of the Alaskan Rainforest within... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kenneth E
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Ketchikan Lakes Road, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, AK 99901
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Reviewed yesterday

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.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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
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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

1  Thank Jpullo
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Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

We decided to do our own thing when docked in Ketchikan. We found this hike on trip advisor & we were grateful for the honest helpful reviews My husband & I are 54 yrs & 57 yrs of age with a good level of fitness...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

So this trail head is not well marked in my opinion, but worth the effort to get there. A beautiful hike with great views of the valley.

Thank Dean W
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Reviewed July 5, 2017

A great, steep trail that affords some great views. On my hike, the clouds and rain started filling in when I was about half way up. On top I was completely cloud and rain bound, so didn't get great views. The shelter at the top...More

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aubreygriffith
December 15, 2017|
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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.
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Kelly W
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.
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TravelEnthu
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.
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