Lunch Falls Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ketchikan, Alaska that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length0.8 miElevation gain88 ftRoute typeLoop
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The trailhead is located at the Settlers Cove parking area within the campground loop. The trail begins as a wide, gravel path paralleling the beach for a short distance before reaching a junction just before the Lunch Creek Bridge. At this junction, the stairs on the right lead up to Lunch Creek Trail. To continue on the Lunch Falls Loop, continue across the bridge where another trail junction is present. At this junction, either the lower or upper section of the loop will lead you on a short hike ending back at the bridge. The trail after the bridge is mostly boardwalk, with sections of stairs and natural tread. This trail provides great views of Lunch Creek and Lunch Falls, as well as access to the beach at several points along the lower section of the loop. The trail winds under large western redcedar, Sitka spruce, and western hemlock with salmonberry, blueberry, and huckleberry bushes making up a delicious understory.

Pit toilets available at the start of the trail. There is also a shelter with picnic tables.

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

Follow the North Tongass Highway 18 miles north of Ketchikan to Settlers Cove State Recreation Site. Turn left into the site and follow the road to a small parking area located within the campground loop which provides direct access to the trailhead. A larger parking lot near the campground host cabin offers additional parking.

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Verna Waisner
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Nice little fun trail. Had the place mostly to our selves-it feels like a very healing place-pure oxygen. Old growth trees. Easy trail.

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Michele Hancock
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It was raining so there was a lot of standing water on the trail. Majority of the steps and wood walkways have non skid so it was not slippery. I enjoyed the lush green of the forest. Highlight of the walk was seeing four bears along the stream eating salmon. We watched them for quite awhile and they were not disturbed by our presence as we were on the bridge.

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Jason House
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Loved the changing ecosystems of this trail. Deep old growth forest all the way to ocean shore. Great fun for whole family!

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Debra Stouffer
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It was an easy little hobbit trail. Lots of stairs and winding walkways. You had the beach and falls to provide photo ops. I am sure fairies live there!

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Sandra Kinzer
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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.

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Hope Guillory
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Kristin Mathern
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Elizabeth Mae Annett
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Frances Maestas
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Nazarena Adams
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K Smith
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Karoly Dobay
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L. Walkerbrook
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Jaime Leon
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Rich HUGHES
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Ashley Proctor
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