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Deer Mountain Trail

Ketchikan, AK

Deer Mountain Trail is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ketchikan, AK that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Recent Reviews

on Carlanna Lake Trail
6 days ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

on Deer Mountain Trail
9 days ago

6 Completed8 Reviews

Great! For us it was cloudy, so it was slightly disappointing view from the summit (all white), but the trail itself is beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

on Deer Mountain Trail
10 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing!! I'm new to hiking in Alaska, and so Dear Mountain was my introduction to what Ketchikan and AK has to offer. I've read that Dear Mountain is one of the most climbed mountains in all of SE AK because Ketchikan is the first stop in AK and because of the high volume of cruise ships and tourists coming through. It's pretty common to pass several people on the way up or down the trail. Dear Mountains elevation is 3,000 feet, so it's just a baby compared to most AK mountains, and it's a great place to start for anyone who is moderately fit and serious about hiking. That said, it is a challenging hike. It's about 3 miles to the top and 3 miles back, not to mention all the roots, mud, rock, etc, so I recommend taking your time to enjoy it. I would take a whole day to do this hike if I were you -- otherwise you're rushing and missing the point. There is also a junction near the summit where one trail leads to the summit and the other trail leads to an A-frame shelter which is available on a first come first served basis. After the shelter, the trail continues on to the Blue Lake shelter at Blue Lake and onward to The Silvis Lakes. That section is called The Silvis Lake Traverse and it's nearly 15 miles of trail. I haven't don't that section yet, but I look forward to attempting it soon. Will report back on that later.

on Deer Mountain Trail
23 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Hard but very beautiful :)

on Rainbird Trail
23 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Very easy :)


1 month ago

hiking

Steep and difficult. But the summit makes it well worth the climb. Great views from the top. Absolutely beautiful.


1 month ago

on Rainbird Trail
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

awesome

on Ward Lake and Ward Creek ...
10 months ago

hiking
23 Completed25 Reviews

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on silvis trail
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Carlanna Lake Trail
1 year ago

hiking
5 Completed3 Reviews

The trailhead was off.. we picked up the trail at the very end of Canyon Street. It's a beautifully maintained trail. The lake is beautiful and you can take a stroll around for an easy option. We continued up the trail through lush forest and streams. We hiked an additional mile (at least) beyond where Alltrails indicated. We heard from a local, that the trail was just extended recently. We continued until we came to a small waterfall just above the tree line at which point we turned around but we could've gone further for a view of the ocean.

on silvis trail
1 year ago

hiking
18 Completed5 Reviews

We checked in at 7 am went up to the upper lake. first 2.4 miles is ok but make sure to do the 1/2 mile to upper lake. The trail is very pretty and lots of stairs. Took our time's checked out by 10am

on Deer Mountain Trail
1 year ago

birding
1 Completed1 Reviews

It was an amazing overnighter backpacking. Got a good workout and the views are worth it!
Some of us even swam in Blue Lake! Northbird is worth summiting. The mountain goats are sweet to see as well!

on Rainbird Trail
1 year ago

birding
8 Completed4 Reviews

Great hike.... Tip for you, park at the college. (Fewer stairs)

on Deer Mountain Trail
1 year ago

hiking
11 Completed1 Reviews

Very nice hike up to some great views. Easy for seasoned hikers to complete off of a cruise ship, as we did.

on Deer Mountain Trail
1 year ago

hiking
6 Completed4 Reviews

Born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, and I still enjoy hiking up this beautiful mountain! The reward is worth the struggle, because it really is breathe-taking. The beginning of the trail is a bit rugged, tall steps, and a lot of switch backs w/o much view, but after the first lookout you are home free! It only gets better from there.
If you are on a cruise ship and only have limited time, I would recommend taking a cab up to the trailhead just to make sure you have enough time to reach the top!
Enjoy!

on Deer Mountain Trail
1 year ago

hiking
9 Completed7 Reviews

Great trail and one of my favorites hikes in Alaska. The whole time going up your doing incline lunges and it is a moderate hike. Beautiful area and scenery. Don't forget to get the fish and chips after you've completed it.

on Carlanna Lake Trail
1 year ago

birding
5 Completed4 Reviews

Very Well maintained and easy to hike .
Great vistas all around !

on Ward Lake and Ward Creek ...
2 years ago

birding
5 Completed4 Reviews

A super pleasant walk around the lake offers views of bird life in abundance !
Stroller friendly if you want to bring your baby out for the day.
Ward creek follows the creek and is right across the street . The both are great .

on Perseverance Lake Trail
2 years ago

hiking
5 Completed4 Reviews

Great views not too steep. A pleasant hike would do it again !!!