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walking
3 days ago

This is a moderate trail. If your trying to get there by cruise ship you have to take a very steep up hill walk to get there. It is almost all steps made of large rocks or logs. You get a good view of the water but I wouldn't say it was all that worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

It was an amazing day! The hike is definitely challenging, but making it to top is sooooo worth it. Took us 3 hrs to get to the top and and 75 mins to get back down. Walking sticks and good shoes will make it easier, but we saw a few folks along the way without those things that seemed to be just fine.

Great Hike up through the forest consisting of mostly switchbacks. There are only a couple of viewpoint, where you can see the sea and mountain, for the majority of the way up. In the last 0.75 miles or so the trees thin out and there is a constant view of town, the sea, the mountains, and all scenery for miles and miles. The views from the top are amazing and we'll worth the hike up.

The trail is well maintained and well marked. there are many placed were wooden stept and bridges were added to improve access through some tough spots on the trail. The majority of the trail has a base of loose flat rocks that help prevent the trail from being too muddy but can make conditions slippery, even in dry conditions as rocks shift and slide. My wife did the whole hike in tennis shoes, but I would recommend using hiking boots as the rocks on the trail are prone to shifting and the trail can be tough terrain at times, especially near the the top.

This is a well maintained but fairly challenging trail with lots of roots and rocks the climb over and around. in addition, the majority of the trail has a steep incline as it weaves its way up the mountain. It is a great trail and is a fun challenge.

hiking
30 days ago

This was an epic hike! (I would NOT recommend if raining). 6.25 miles RT from the trailhead. Pretty steep but well worth it. Gorgeous scenery. Not one bear, mountain lion, squirrel or snake but ravens that sounded like dripping water, monkeys, and other birds-super cool. Hiking boots recommended, tennis shoes would get hammered. Bring water, I used 1.5 liters. Snack,4:06 total time.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Walk from cruise port was mostly uphill (1.5 miles) but very doable. Made it to the summit at 1900 and caught a gorgeous sunset sky on the way down (was able to book it down in a little over an hour... didn’t get caught in the dark!)

hiking
1 month 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!).

Hiked this trail last Sunday. Weather was beautiful, but did not realize how humid the climb would be! The first couple of miles is definitely rain forest, heavy canopy and occasional wet/muddy spots. The last mile started to open up with views and a breeze. Made it to the summit and back in 4 hours 21 min. - but I was not in a hurry. Great workout, my legs hurt for a few days afterward. I hiked this trail as I was solo on my trip and wanted a trail with other hikers. Not busy at all, but good to see another hiker once in a while. I only rated this as a 4 because I was hoping for more views along the way. The summit was well worth the trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. I recommend goin to Blue Lake as well. Only 2-1/4 miles away

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail, gorgeous all the way there and back. Views are well worth the constant uphill hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Not easy but the views from the summit are breathtakingly beautiful!!

First trail I did when I moved to Ketchikan!

Great easy hike with a nice view on top.

This trail was absolutely amazing! It was a little of a challenge for my husband and I, nothing we couldn't handle though. It is quite steep, has narrow walk points as well. The view points are fantastic! And if you're exhausted once you get to the top you'll have a gorgeous view to admire as you rest. I am 3 1/2 months pregnant and made it in 3 hrs 51 min. (took a few breaks) But if you have your mind set anyone can make it!

2 months ago

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

walking
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

Amazing views. We went to the top which is for sure a difficult hike. It was fun and my wife and I did some trail running on the few flat parts but most of it is large steps, unsteady terrain and steep drop offs. I would not bring kids or older individuals not accustomed to hard hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

If you are an avid hiker, like me, this is a moderate hike. There are many switchbacks that make this a very enjoyable mountain run. I did RT in about 2 hrs. Amazing view when the weather is nice!

Very nice trail, with many views of the lake, birds, squirrels, even large slugs! The huge trees are awesome! My brother showed us where to view spawning salmon during the month of August.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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
3 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.

The trail is great then view at the end is ok.

hiking
6 months ago

Uphill the whole way. Oof. Great views from the top, of course. Did round trip in 6-ish hours, including summiting, visiting shelter, eating lunch, and taking photos.

Nice trail! the last section of boardwalk was all icy and packed down by lots of hikers so it was a bit sketchy.

on Deer Mountain Trail

Saturday, September 09, 2017

It's not easy.

hiking
Thursday, August 24, 2017

great trail with a beautiful waterfall. Great view of the lake. Very wet on a rainy day

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