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Deer Mountain Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ketchikan, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,801 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

rocky

The trail is comprised of gravel sections, wooden bridges, and natural rock sections. It starts in a muskeg with a boardwalk and climbs through heavy timber into lighter timber and eventually alpine. The trail can be quite wet after recent rain, but is very nice after dry weather. Loose rocks are probably the greatest safety challenge. Early in the climbing season (May or June) one might encounter blow down from the winter storms which frequent this area. It is important to stay on the trail as there are many steep (cliff) areas which have been the demise of several unfortunate hikers in the past.

hiking
5 months ago

This one is necessary if you are visiting or live on the island. Hike this at least once, I prefer Dude personally for the scenic views at the top.

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

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 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!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
rocky
9 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
9 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
9 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!

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
rocky
10 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.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
10 months ago

hiking
10 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.

hiking
bugs
rocky
10 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.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
10 months ago

5/5. Hands-down one of the best trails in Alaska. Very well-maintained and well-groomed. The views from the top are spectacular. We went on a warm summer day and the only part about the trail we didn’t like was the mosquitoes. Lots of yummy berries to eat along the way. About half way up, the trail becomes very rocky. Beware, because some rocks are loose. Past the turnout for the summit, the trail goes along the side of a cliff with a sheer drop. The trail becomes very narrow. This part of the trail is definitely not for those with a fear of heights! The first mile of the trail is the hardest. After that, the trail becomes a bit flatter and the views become much more rewarding.

hiking
10 months ago

A great hike! Nice push to get up it. Beautiful views, and when you’re above the tree line, amazing!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Be ready to hike this trail. From the trailhead to the first overlook is nothing but up, switchbacks, rocky, slippery, small streams crossing trail. Made it to first overlook and then headed back to trailhead, tough hike for this senior citizen.

hiking
bugs
rocky
10 months ago

Great trail but it's extremely steep. Really need to be in shape to tackle the whole thing. Views are ok but not spectacular. Also, pretty difficult to stop for a break because of the bugs. Had fun though!

hiking
11 months ago

4 hrs at a moderate pace to the top and back to the cruise ship. The views are well worth it on a clear day! Medium-High level of fitness and good shoes are a must. Heard of a beat from another hiker but never saw it. We talked the whole time.

hiking
11 months ago

Did this trail 6/14 and it was in good shape (albeit on a sunny day). If doing from a cruise, I suggest taking a taxi to the base first thing in the morning. Take plenty of water. You can do just to the peak and back in 4-5 hrs. Add 30-40 minutes each way if hiking from town and there’s quite the gain in elevation right before the trailhead. Best way to ensure you get to the top is via taxi to the trailhead (at least) if not also returning to town also.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked to summit yesterday in rain. Socked in with fog at the top, however well worth the personal challenge of completing a hike you set out to complete. Only saw 2 other people during our hike. Both turned back due to muddy conditions 1/2 mile from summit. recommend boots with excellent grip and some collapsible poles. Road leading to trailhead from downtown is VERY steep. In rain it took my teen son and I 4 hours and 58 mins out and back from trailhead. If you're not in very good shape I do not recommend attempting entire hike. it gets very technical and skinny after 2 miles. there is a nice overlook about 1 mile out that would be a great place to take in great views. Low use trail highly recommend hiking with another person. sign out PLB in town at discovery center in case of emergency. trail well marked in all places. have fun!

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