Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Tongass National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
24 days ago

Trail has washed out in one area and there are is sign that says closed however tape is gone. The water is just pure aqua blue. Gorgeous park!

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flooded
muddy
24 days ago

Trail was slippery all the way. And some places the boards were broken or rotten away. Be cautious for slip and fall. For the vieuws however. It's amazing here. Especially if you lunch or stay at the cabin, than your overwhelmed by its beautyness!! Did it on a sunny day, mid oktober 2019

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Spectacular views of Mendenhall glacier and glaciers beyond. Be aware if porcupines! Very steep and rock in places.

on West Glacier Trail

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flooded
muddy
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over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Hiked the W Glacier Trail on Sept 23 starting at about 10. Cloudy with light to moderate rain. It has been a dry summer, but rain started past couple weeks. Dangerous hike due to slippery rocks. About 2/3 way in will come to ropes hanging from rock face. W Glacier Trail continues forward. I believe the ropes leading up to the left are for a different trail. There have been recent landslides & the trail from this point has been re-routed so follow the orange, red, yellow & blue ribbons. Trail from here is rocky & very slippery due to rain. Further up the trail there is a swollen stream with a couple 2x4s as a bridge. The fast moving stream was about a foot below the 2x4s & growing. I stopped at the hill overlooking the glacier (awesome view!) 2 hrs from trail head. It would have been perhaps another 15-30 minutes downhill to the glacier. A hiking pole comes in real handy. As others has posted best not to hike alone especially in wet conditions. It took another 2 hrs to get back to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and easy hike to Mendenhall Lake. The views of the waterfall and glacier are spectacular. We only had an hour to visit the area so we ran/walked to the lake and took pictures. Then spent about 20 minutes at the salmon stream looking for bears. Didn’t see any but still love area!!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail starts out at the parking lot beside the bridge crossing eagle river. For the first 1½ miles it’s relatively flat, then you begin to hit the roots and rocks. There are several sections of this trail that are in desperate need of repair. The boardwalk by the muskeg has collapsed and damage to the hillside from people getting around it, is significant and getting worse. The stair section, is abysmal. They should have roofing shingles or chicken wire installed to prevent falls, because they are ridiculously slippery. Lots of them are sliding down the hill and not even usable. The cabin is decent, very thankful for the heater, the deluge we experienced on the way out there, made finding dry, burnable wood, impossible. Why is there no boat or canoe to explore the lake? All of the other USFS cabins in the area have them.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great trail to a STUNNING waterfall. The crowds weren’t bad because we were late in the season and since we are on a cruise we also took the later trip to the glacier. The weather was SUNNY and the trail seemed either paved or packed down and easy to walk briskly. Would highly recommend.

Great trail, a bit wet in areas. Have good shoes and don’t hike alone. It was a fairly mild hike until you get to the rock climb near the end. It is about 4 miles round trip. The views of the glacier are incredible. It is receding so quickly that this is a must see before it is gone.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful trail! Views at 1mile, 1.2 and then almost continuous views at 2.2 miles. Well worth it!

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

A beautiful hike that is very close to Ketchikan, and well worth the effort! The trail takes you through a beautiful forested area amoungst flowing streams, and along the way are several lookouts to the amazing vistas of Alaska. The grandient is steepest at the beginning and end, but cools down in the middle. A very well looked after trail and a very rewarding experience!

on Lunch Falls Trail

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muddy
2 months ago

It was raining so there was a lot of standing water on the trail. Majority of the steps and wood walkways have non skid so it was not slippery. I enjoyed the lush green of the forest. Highlight of the walk was seeing four bears along the stream eating salmon. We watched them for quite awhile and they were not disturbed by our presence as we were on the bridge.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

One of the best views in Ketchikan and you can hike up in an hour to hour and a half!

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muddy
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

on West Glacier Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful ! As previously messaged, all trails does not have the correct distance listed .

hiking
2 months ago

Great quick hike. Good incline, gorgeous views up top. Hiked it in about 3 hours at a moderate pace.

hiking
2 months ago

was very crowded - lots of wheelchairs for emotional support animals

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muddy
2 months ago

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