Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Went on this hike while on an Alaska Cruise. We were looking for an opportunity to step outside of the touristy excursions and take Alaska on its own terms. We were not disappointed. This trail is incredible. Views from the two lower lookouts are well worth the effort.

hiking
7 days ago

Short trail with lots of short ups and downs through temperate rainforest. Mostly boardwalk and stairs. Piper the dog seemed to think it was ok. There are a couple of beach access points on the lower section of the trail. When we went, we were the only ones on the trail. Might be more heavily used in summer with tourists.

Very pretty!

hiking
24 days ago

Very easy and beautiful

Lots of mushroom picking opportunities right now on this hike. Not easy but not hard. Well maintained trail during the entire hike. When you get to the fork in the trail (as you near the lake), the left trail will take you to a bridge with a pretty view of a creek before reaching the lake. The trail switches to planks of wood, some of which are a little unstable so watch your footing! This trail ends quickly as you get to the lake (less than a 10 min walk) and it’s a beautiful view! There is a decent sized down tree to sit down and relax on. If you take the trail on the right, it will again turn to planks of wood (much sturdier) and continue on for quite awhile next to the lake. You can pick up another trail on this one if you continue on, but I don’t know how far away it is. The trailhead is far from the highway so you don’t have any traffic noise at all. Great hike!

hiking
30 days ago

Did this hike yesterday. Sunny and warm day (50s). The trail itself is well maintained. Excellent views. Saw some mountain goats far off in the distance. Great view of Ketchikan Lake about 3/4 of the way up. Cool A frame cabin about 1/4 mile off the main trail on a side trail. Definitely a difficult hike if you aren’t used to hiking. We took our time and stayed out there all day. Lots of cool mushrooms along the way! Overall, great hike and great day. Worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

It was an amazing day! The hike is definitely challenging, but making it to top is sooooo worth it. Took us 3 hrs to get to the top and and 75 mins to get back down. Walking sticks and good shoes will make it easier, but we saw a few folks along the way without those things that seemed to be just fine.

Nice short trail. I like the open muskeg at the beginning, and the secluded beach at the end. Not usually a ton of people there, but I did pass a few folks today, probably because it is Sunday.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail to a beautiful waterfall.

2 months ago

Great hike! Done it a few times. Caves aren’t always there though, so a little disappointing if you do the whole hike and don’t get that reward.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views bring sandals your feel will get wet. There is no "your done here" clear end. You will hit medow, forest, medow, forest and eventually end up in a beautiful medow on the top. You lose the trail in the medow but can follow the pink and orange flags in tree branches then finally lose them . it's breathtaking at the top(if its clear) and worth the wet muddy feet.

hiking
2 months ago

Well constructed trail. Great views at top over 3 miles of open subalpine terrain. The stairs are in good condition, best hike of Indian River, Mt Verstonia

Great Hike up through the forest consisting of mostly switchbacks. There are only a couple of viewpoint, where you can see the sea and mountain, for the majority of the way up. In the last 0.75 miles or so the trees thin out and there is a constant view of town, the sea, the mountains, and all scenery for miles and miles. The views from the top are amazing and we'll worth the hike up.

The trail is well maintained and well marked. there are many placed were wooden stept and bridges were added to improve access through some tough spots on the trail. The majority of the trail has a base of loose flat rocks that help prevent the trail from being too muddy but can make conditions slippery, even in dry conditions as rocks shift and slide. My wife did the whole hike in tennis shoes, but I would recommend using hiking boots as the rocks on the trail are prone to shifting and the trail can be tough terrain at times, especially near the the top.

This is a well maintained but fairly challenging trail with lots of roots and rocks the climb over and around. in addition, the majority of the trail has a steep incline as it weaves its way up the mountain. It is a great trail and is a fun challenge.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an epic hike! (I would NOT recommend if raining). 6.25 miles RT from the trailhead. Pretty steep but well worth it. Gorgeous scenery. Not one bear, mountain lion, squirrel or snake but ravens that sounded like dripping water, monkeys, and other birds-super cool. Hiking boots recommended, tennis shoes would get hammered. Bring water, I used 1.5 liters. Snack,4:06 total time.

Easy trail to get right to Nugget Falls with great views of Mendenhall Glacier and the mountains!

We climbed this in late August 2018.

The trail has a lot of beautiful sights, but it's a very narrow trail winding along the side of a steep hillside. The narrow trail and loose footing leaves you pretty exposed to falling/slipping risks. It also has some water crossings without bridging. Fallen trees were cleared, but the rest of the trail was mostly unmaintained. We climbed ~1500 ft to the fig overgrowth, which was 6ft high and obscuring the trail, and and called it quits.

Could be a fun and challenging hike, but don't climb without poles and a machete at a minimum.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Walk from cruise port was mostly uphill (1.5 miles) but very doable. Made it to the summit at 1900 and caught a gorgeous sunset sky on the way down (was able to book it down in a little over an hour... didn’t get caught in the dark!)

Hiked this trail last Sunday. Weather was beautiful, but did not realize how humid the climb would be! The first couple of miles is definitely rain forest, heavy canopy and occasional wet/muddy spots. The last mile started to open up with views and a breeze. Made it to the summit and back in 4 hours 21 min. - but I was not in a hurry. Great workout, my legs hurt for a few days afterward. I hiked this trail as I was solo on my trip and wanted a trail with other hikers. Not busy at all, but good to see another hiker once in a while. I only rated this as a 4 because I was hoping for more views along the way. The summit was well worth the trip!

wanted to swim at the waterfall but so cold! great hike

so many stairs but awesome hike

Fantastic hike to the ice caves and on the glacier. We had a professional guide for our group age 7 to 69, guide was critical to being on the glacier safely

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. I recommend goin to Blue Lake as well. Only 2-1/4 miles away

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail, gorgeous all the way there and back. Views are well worth the constant uphill hike.

Beautiful trail with plenty of great views for photos. Trail is mostly all 2x4 boards that are put together to create steps. Make sure you are ready for tons of stairs. Going done is rough due to the boards but the cabin and view from the top is worth it. Went during dry spell and 74 degrees outside but could tell that the trail would be slippery if it wasn’t for the boards. Reached cabin in 1hr 15mins which was perfect.

hiking
3 months ago

Not easy but the views from the summit are breathtakingly beautiful!!

First trail I did when I moved to Ketchikan!

This trail was absolutely amazing! It was a little of a challenge for my husband and I, nothing we couldn't handle though. It is quite steep, has narrow walk points as well. The view points are fantastic! And if you're exhausted once you get to the top you'll have a gorgeous view to admire as you rest. I am 3 1/2 months pregnant and made it in 3 hrs 51 min. (took a few breaks) But if you have your mind set anyone can make it!

hiking
4 months ago

well maitained trail, saw several bikers using it as well. Trail ends a a river that does not offer much view of the galcier. Better veiw is just before the end of trail. There is way to get to the glacier, but we did not have time to make it to tgr glacier.

trail running
4 months ago

Needed a little climb to prepare for Mount Roberts so this was close and easy to access. Pleasantly surprised that there were boardwalks over a lot of the boggy area. Didn't find the "top" of trail but enjoyed the sights in between. Even saw a yearling? black bear!

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