Rainbird Trail is a 4.2 kilometer out and back trail located near Ketchikan, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.2 km Elevation Gain: 186 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
20 days ago

Great little trail that doesn’t take long at all. Hiked it with my 11 year old and my 2 year old was on my back most of the way. Great views of town and the water and great trail through the trees. Good leg stretch.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail! Beautiful trail that isn’t too difficult. It goes above the downtown area and gives an awesome view of the ocean and the surrounding islands. The forest is mesmerizing. Beautiful place for an easy hike with incredible views. This is the perfect small hike if you don’t have time to do any of the others in Ketchikan.

muddy
2 months ago

First trail since moving here last year. Short drive from the Base and easy to walk during lunchtime. A few nice views of downtown at the beginning of the southern end of the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Only recorded the return trip from the North Entrance. Muddy and snowy but great time!

hiking
8 months ago

It is an easy trail. You can grab a taxi for $12.00 and have it drop you at the university. Take Rain Bird trail head from there and walk the easy trail to the 3rd st. road. Take left all the way to Schoenbar rd. turn right, all the way back into town down Schoebar rd. Turn left on water rd back to the ship. Super easy, rained the whole time 56° and not muddy at all. It took as ling as it did because i shot video and snap chats to my kids, plus taking pictures the whole time. Streamed whatsapp video to my kids too. It is totaaly worth it, you could do it easy not even trying to hurry, in 1 hour. 1.4 miles of trail and the rest is along the road back to the ship. I stopped along the way and bought t-shirts in several shops. My total time reflects everything/stops and there were many. Enjoy, you have to do this, your fit 80 yr. old grandma can do this easy.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Wet and a bit muddy on this trail. A bit narrow and loose rocks. Watch step but overall this was mostly easy. The walk from the cruise ship was more elevation gain then this trail if you’re walking there from Creek St. taking a cab will spare this chore to get there. The trail has a steep set of log stairs on the university end of the trail. Easier going down obviously. A few view spots but not many major ones. Nice streams flowing down. Few others on the trail.

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rocky
8 months ago

Ideal hike if you just have a day in Ketchikan. It is quite the hike uphill to get to the start of the trail, but it is worth the climb! This is an easy moderate hike on the edge of the Tongass Rainforest. It’s gorgeous inside, although not many views of the city. But we were fine with that since we wanted a quick escape into the forest. We were able to complete this hike and see all the highlights of Ketchikan before having to get back on our cruise.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice and quick. Not many views along the way. Ideal for cruise passengers. A few bits of the trail are technical, so I understand some users rated it moderate.

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muddy
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

This is a great way to get away from the docks for a few hours. Allow a full 2 hours roundtrip. (We took a wrong turn on our way back to the docks and it took 2.5 hours total.) You can take the free city shuttle (a good stop is at the museum at the end of Creek Street) to the far end of Rainbird Trail (get off at “Plaza” and hike up to the trailhead on the University of Alaska SE campus) and walk back towards town along the trail. It is a steep hike up city sidewalks to get to the trailheads at both ends. The trail is through beautiful rainforest with perfect streams and giant trees. There are spectacular views, as well. The trail itself is not maintained, so there are a lot of rough spots. I do not recommend it for non-agile hikers. Be sure to wear good trail shoes with good tread. The trail is definitely slippery when wet with mud and wet stones. Ketchikan is an exciting city with a lot to do and see. I wish I could spend more time here! We only had a few hours off our cruise ship, but I am glad I chose to hike Rainbird Trail during that time. If you’re looking to escape the crowds and enjoy some nature bathing, this is a great option!

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Beautiful little trail to let you experience a part of Alaska's rainforest ecosystem without going too far into the "wilderness". Definitely agree with other reviews that the trail should be rated moderate as there's a lot of technical footwork required to safely traverse over rocks and raised roots. But once away from the road and out of earshot of the traffic noise, it has a very serene, mystical and almost ethereal feeling. Absolutely worth checking out! (Watch out for the HUGE slugs underfoot!)

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muddy
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful! I’m not sure I would call it easy...there are a fair amount of stairs.

hiking
muddy
rocky
9 months ago

Really gorgeous trail, our only complaint was that it is so close to civilization that sounds of traffic drown out natural sounds. Would still recommend as it was an easy, enjoyable, beautiful hike. Wear shoes that hold up when wet as there are many creeks running over the trail.

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rocky
10 months ago

We enjoyed the trail but due to the rockiness and lack of maintenance, I would rate the level of difficulty as moderate in parts. Great views of the harbor and easy to access from town or the docks.

running
10 months ago

Great trail, Beautiful views, would highly recommend. But be mindful that the trial isn’t maintained, the occasion tree root popping up in the middle of the trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
10 months ago

Walked from the cruise port to the trailhead by the college then hiked the trail back towards the port. Beautiful scenery, well maintained trail but I would say it's more moderate than easy. Passed several other hikers wearing inappropriate footware all complaining about the trail. It's a hiking trail, not a walking trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Did it in the rain. Still nice. Beautiful forest. Well maintained. Recommend to go to the trail start by taxi and walk back to town.

hiking
11 months ago

The trail is very easy

hiking
11 months ago

The trail is very easy

hiking
off trail
11 months ago

This trail is awesome. For the hole time your pretty much on rock stepping stones. There is a good lookout and the trail ain’t to busy but fairly empty.

hiking
11 months ago

The trail is very easy

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. Make sure to do the Ravenview hike first so that the track back the ships is shorter than the approach.

hiking
muddy
rocky
11 months ago

Nice trail with rock steps and some gravel part bits. We walked from the cruise ship up to the public library and from the back of the trail. Was an uphill walk to the trail but not too long of a walk! Make sure to wear good shoes for muddy and slippery parts of the trail.

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