Connell Lake Trail

EASY 4 reviews
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Connell Lake Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ketchikan, Alaska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.1 miles
1,309 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running





The trail leaves the parking area near the dam and skirts the steep shoreline of Connell Lake. At the northeast shore of Connell Lake, the trail veers from the shoreline and continues to Talbot Lake. Just before reaching Talbot Lake, a junction provides access to a viewing bridge on the right trail, or continues to a wooden tent platform on the left trail. The trail is narrow with few steep inclines, and is composed of natural tread with brief sections of boardwalk and stairs. This trail offers a secluded, less traveled route in the popular Ward Lake Recreation Area. Connell Lake offers canoe and kayak access as well as opportunities for trout fishing. Talbot Lake provides trout fishing as well as an overnight camping site at the wooden tent platform near the lake. For a good picnicking spot, hike to the bridge crossing at the northwest shore of Connell Lake.

22 days ago

I wouldn’t rate this an easy. Ward Lake is easy. There are areas that need maintenance, and lots of steps and hills. That said, it was a nice way to spend a few hours.

26 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail....however I would rate this as moderate. There are many steps, and you need to watch your footing in places. It helped to have a walking stick. It took us 3.25 hours to hike this. We stopped a bit for photos and a snack before coming back.

2 months ago

I like this trail! It always goes on for longer than I remember. Lots of short ups and downs through the woods, with quite a few bridge crossings and some boardwalk sections.

5 months ago