Rainbird Trail

EASY 35 reviews
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Rainbird Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Ketchikan, Alaska that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

views

hiking
1 hour ago

If you are short on time, start midway at the parking lot and take the stairs. At the top of the stairs I turned left and exited at the University of Ketchikan parking lot. The view from the stairs was really the only view I encountered. Forest type hike all along the trail and very easy. Nice easier hike in Ketchikan (once you get up the stairs!).

21 days ago

Great easy hike with a nice view on top.

25 days ago

Easy trail. Just there are a lot of stairs at the beginning that needed to be climbed.

walking
30 days ago

Easy and beautiful trail. My girlfriend and I did this trail fairly quickly while at port on our Alaskan Cruise. We walked to this trail head from Sweet Mermaids restaurant. The trail is kept up. You cross rocks, trees, small wooden bridges, and small streams/creeks. We entered the trail from 3rd Avenue and exited in the parking lot of University of Alaska Southeast. We walked back to the port from there. From Sweet Mermaids, the trail, and back to the port, 3.9 miles and 2 hours and 5 mins. I also stopped to take several photos on the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked half of the Rainbird Trail, joining it at the steps above Third Ave. Great way to get some views if you are in Alaska and have limited time, but be warned - there are lots of steps to get up to the trail. Lots of shady woodland and some great views back on Ketchikan and the harbor. I'd planned to try the hike up to Deer Mountain but the iffy weather and lack of time kept me away. This was a great, much shorter, alternative with some nice views and a bit of elevation gain.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail but its a pain to get to and its not the long or interesting of a hike. Considering its the most accessible in the port town for all those there for a day or less, its a good time.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike!! So close to downtown and well marked. It’s in a rainforest in Alaska! So cool.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this trail. Quick and easy but an amazing view! Perfect for dogs. Also, there are always many friendly people on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike for a short Port Visit on a Cruise. The undeveloped section was not a problem and just a short distance before opening to a nice easy gravel trail. We would definitely hike it again.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was the perfect way to stretch our legs after two days at sea. It features beautiful views of town and of the forrest. I would suggest grabbing an Uber at port and have them take you to the trailhead at the University. At the end of the hike, look for the public library, hang a right and take the steep road down and into town. This trail is not for strollers and will be a challenge for those without hiking boots. We witnessed several hikers in sneakers who struggled in the muddy, rocky, and steep areas.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Short beautiful green rainy hike. Easy hike wear hiking boots. Muddy.

We started at the college and passed the middle trail head to the end. Head east after steps to library and then down the road downtown. End up at 49er bar

Friday, July 28, 2017

easy walk through the rainforest. it is well maintained... don't know what people are talking about. no it's not for strollers.....That's not a hike.... that a stroll. not much for views, but the rainforest is beautiful

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A sign at the beginning of this trail say "not a maintained trail travel at your own risk". It is easy to see why after a short distance into this hike why. A lot of rock steps that people bypass and a lot of mushy ground from all the water running off the Mt. Good views along the way and looks like the kind of forrest you expect something evil to live in. Still fun but not the best hike in Ketchikan.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Short, fun, and beautiful views of the narrows!
Not stroller friendly but kids and dogs could do it.

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Short, but great view of Ketchikan

Monday, August 15, 2016

Easy trail with a great lookout of the Tongass Narrows. There are 3 trail heads: one at the university, at the beginning of the bypass, and on the bypass close to the library. Short, steep walk up from the cruise ships up Shoenbar to get to the trailhead in the bypass and you can catch the bus back from the university. The bus comes every hour.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Very easy :)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

awesome

birding
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Great hike.... Tip for you, park at the college. (Fewer stairs)

birding
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eagles everywhere !
The trail is really well done and not too steep and runs along the coast line for a hour or so .
Worth it !!!!!

hiking
Sunday, May 26, 2013

This hike has great views and very interesting trail material. It's gravel, then a series of rounded stones. There are bridges and steps and even stairs. I will say, though, that itvs definitely more than 158 ft of elevation gain. It's closer to 500. If you are ever in Ketchikan, be sure to hike this trail. It's a favorite of ours now.

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