Dude Mountain is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ketchikan, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.4 miElevation gain1,351 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeMuddyRocky
Description
Waypoints (0)
Contact
Tips
Getting There

The trail begins in a recently harvested timber unit, and quickly gains elevation, then heads through a dense forest before opening into muskeg and alpine meadows. For about the first mile, the trail is a combination of boardwalk and gravel tread. Some of the boardwalk in this section is leaning and slippery, so hikers should take caution. After the gravel and boardwalk ends, the final section of trail follows a narrow ridge to the summit of Dude Mountain. The final section of trail is unimproved, steep, and may be covered with snow until late summer. The trail offers an exhilarating alpine hiking experience that can be accessed quickly from the road system. Hikers are rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding peaks including Brown Mountain and Diana Mountain as well as the Tongass Narrows. During the summer season, the muskegs and alpine meadows bloom with a variety of wildflowers. There are blueberry, salmonberry, and huckleberry bushes present in the lower section of trail during the summer months. Scan the surrounding ridges and peaks for mountain goats once you have reached the summit.

USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region, Tongass National Forest Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District 3031 Tongass Avenue Ketchikan, AK 99901 (907) 225-2148 www.fs.usda.gov/tongass Alaska Department of Natural Resources Alaska State Parks Ketchikan Ranger Station 9883 N. Tongass Hwy. Ketchikan, AK 99901 (907) 247-8574 www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks/ Ketchikan Outdoor Recreation and Trails Coalition (907) 225-6808

WARNING: Weather on Dude Mountain is unpredictable and may change rapidly. Notify friends or family of your trip plan, and bring proper safety gear to ensure your hike is safe and successful.

Follow the North Tongass Highway 6 miles from Ketchikan to the Revilla Road junction. Turn right on Revilla Road and follow approximately 6 miles to Brown Mountain Road (Road 8005-120). Turn right and follow 3 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. The road is steep and narrow with other traffic, so drive with caution.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (34)
Photos (62)
Recordings (24)
Completed (57)
View user's profile page
Kristin Mathern
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 30, 2020
Hiking

Lots of steps and muddy after the first .75 miles. I’d recommend poles. Cold at the top!

View Kristin's Recording
View user's profile page
Jeremy Scholzen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 22, 2020
Hiking

We did the hike in late October 2020 and it was wet with about 2 inches of snow on the top. We were the only people on the trail and the weather was perfect at 30°F. Took about two hours and 45 minutes to the top and back and that was lollygagging and taking pictures. Really awesome views of the mountains and ocean

View Jeremy's Recording
View user's profile page
Ralfy Valencia
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 17, 2020
Hiking

Love this trail. One of my favorites in Ketchikan. Wasnt as clear as we’d hoped for ...Lots of smoke in the air due to the California / Washington fires :(

View Ralfy's Recording
View user's profile page
Julie G
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 15, 2020
HikingBugs

Beautiful views! I wish we had been there during the early summer to see more wildflowers and berries, but we were fortunate to have a mostly dry trail and a sunny clear day. We could see for miles from the top. It's a perfect place to picnic. It was the middle of a nice sunny stretch of days, so too warm for much wildlife. We saw a few mountain goats with binoculars, and then one coming down the trail. I would never do this trail in the rain, or on a day with poor visibility.

View Julie's Recording
View user's profile page
Brett User
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 15, 2020
Hiking

A little muddy. The real grade starts towards the base of the mountain. Worth it, saw some mountain goats with binoculars.

View Brett's Recording
View user's profile page
Shontell Allard
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 24, 2020
HikingMuddyNo shadeRockyScramble
View Shontell's Recording
View user's profile page
Brice Hastings
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 19, 2020
HikingBugsMuddyRocky

I forgot to start my recording earlier but this was fun. I am not in the greatest shape and had to stop to catch my breathe several time. It was completely worth it once I reached the top. Definitely try to plan for a day that isn’t cloudy so you get a good view.

View Brice's Recording
View user's profile page
Brenda Bowie wise
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 29, 2020
Hiking

Great trail! A bit muddy and slippery so be prepared. Any slippage is totally worth it. Snow is melting off in patches at the top. Wildflowers are blooming with amazing variety. Views were incredible! Worth doing again! If you have extra time get up early to explore the alpine.

View user's profile page
Claire Jackson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 10, 2020
HikingMuddy

Great hike! Good for beginners as well. The drive to Dude is a bit stressful, probably more stressful than the hike itself. Hike Starts off with board walks. Then breaks into beautiful flower pastures for basically the rest of the hike and beautiful views almost the entire second half of the hike once you break out of the woods a bit! When you get near the top there are some paths that run along extremely steep hills and would be nervous to have a kid with me on these parts. Other than that it’s a beautiful hike, last time I hiked it though the rain and fog rolled in and completely blocked out the view and also made for a very muddy hike but no big deal. I’ll hike it again this summer. Make sure you check the weather before you go because the view is stunning, truly one of a kind!

View user's profile page
Cindy Caverly
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 24, 2019
Hiking

This hike is awesome, it’s a beautiful payoff. Short, tough, but sweet.

View user's profile page
Kelly Olson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 3, 2019
HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

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

View user's profile page
Beth Whitfield
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 23, 2019
HikingBugsMuddy

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 :)

View user's profile page
Michael Niemann
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 8, 2019
HikingBugsNo shade

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.

View user's profile page
Trevor Hook
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 8, 2019
HikingBugsNo shadeRockyWashed out
View user's profile page
Sandra Kinzer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 26, 2019
HikingMuddy
First to Review

Just missed the sunset, but still enough light to make it to the top and back. Took about an hour each way. Beautiful wildflowers like arctic lupine, red paintbrush, etc. A bit muddy but that's to be expected.

View user's profile page
David Costa
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 17, 2020
Hiking
View David's Recording
View user's profile page
Karoly Dobay
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 16, 2020
Hiking
View Karoly's Recording
View user's profile page
Mitchell LaGue
Gray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 6, 2020
Hiking
View Mitchell's Recording
Showing results 1 - 18 of 34