Explore the most popular Camping 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
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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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!

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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!

hiking
2 months ago

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

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rocky
3 months ago

Completed hike on the morning of August 12th. Took approximately 4 hours round trip with a break on the summit. Trail conditions very good. No mud and mostly dry. The first mile and last half mile have the steepest grades and it mellows a bit in the middle after the first overlook. We started at 7:00 am and had the trail mostly to ourselves. On our descent closer to the trailhead late morning there were quite a few groups hiking to the first overlook. Love this hike because you get to enjoy both a dense rainforest hike and eventually some alpine.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice scenic trail and log across water was a plus! Great Lake for kayaking or canoeing. When we were there - there were kids lazy around in inner tubes having fun. Want to go back on a sunny afternoon.

hiking
3 months ago

The scenery is beautiful but we didn’t make it to the top. The waterfall wasn’t flowing. Most of the trail is up.

Trail across beautiful lansdcape, through a boggy soft surface that are mostly provided with a narrow planks as a shared walkway. You might encounter some hunters in the season. During the day, can stop in the cabin.

hiking
3 months ago

Truly incredible! Pay close attention to the weather when planning this summit. The fog comes and goes quickly and can be done incredibly dangerous and even deadly among the cliffs along the way and at the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with lots of shade. A little tough (hard) because you’re either going up stairs and rocks or down. Beautiful scenery, views and great picnic spot at the top. It took 4.5 hours round trip including breaks.

hiking
3 months ago

I did the traverse from Silvis to deer mountain. It was by far the hardest hike. It was 13 miles, 3000 ft elevation gain, and ropes. I stayed over night. The hike was mostly dry and would recommend trekking poles. The full hike is very difficult!

We went as far as the lookout and had our dog with us. Was an awesome view on a clear day. Saw 2 bears playing near the trailhead, and got to see a piece of the glacier calve from above. Will definitely be back.

I went up the trail with my bag full of camping stuff to stay in the cabin for 2 nights. I went back to hike it again without the bag and it’s a lot easier. Lots of board steps, it’s like a step and half for each which can be quite annoying but the view at the top was worth it. once i got to the cabin i decided to go up the rest of the mountain and i couldn’t find a trail so i just went up the side, it was not fun at all but again at the top is was very very worth it.

Amazing hike! Surprisingly dry given the recent rain. Also has a fair amount of traffic which I find a plus in unfamiliar areas.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is beautiful and maintained well. You walk through forest and along a creek and have views of a lake. Lots of shade.

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muddy
3 months ago

Bucket List Hike! It’s difficult both up and down but very rewarding view points and berry patches to catch your breath. We only encountered 2 couples all afternoon and the weather was warm and sunny. Perfect score except for insects at the top! Bring Bug Repellent! And a picnic :)

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rocky
3 months ago

From the moment we were on trail we felt like we had entered a magical woodland paradise. Absolute beauty all around. Lots of vertical gain, but definitely worth the view at the top. It only got buggy near the summit, lots of shade, an absolutely amazing trail.

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snow
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was a lot of fun, and I was able to see some wildlife. Although I hiked alone, it was a great time. The summit wasn’t the clearest though. Had to walk through clouds from beginning to end.

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rocky
4 months ago

We did this trail while in port on a cruise; it took us about 5.5 hours out and back at a steady pace. We lucked out on a beautifully sunny day, which rewarded us with spectacular views above the tree line! Be warned, tons of mosquitoes once we got out of the trees.

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no shade
4 months ago

This trail is unique for Ketchikan in that the rewarding views come pretty quickly. The drive up to the trailhead is treacherous. Lots of sharp rocks on the road. Road is only really one lane. If another car is coming, then one has to pull over into the bushes. Make sure you have a spare tire or two if you are going. Four wheel drive and a vehicle with some height is recommended. The trail has a nice boardwalk until about halfway up. Lots of berries to pick along the way. After the boardwalk ends, the trail gets STEEP. But the nice thing about this trail is that the steeper it gets, the more amazing the views are, so it’s very encouraging to keep going. The trail rides a ridge-line, but I never felt like I was in danger of falling off. The mosquitoes and horse flies were ABUNDANT. Bug spray is a must! Near the summit the trail splits off into a lot of different directions and we weren’t sure where, or how far, each one went. So we just stayed close to the main trail and took tons of photos.

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