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Deer Mountain Trail

Ketchikan Lakes Road, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, AK 99901
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Good Views!

We started hiking this trail too early @6:30am. Took a cab from the cruise ship to the trail head... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dallas, Texas
Best view pf Ketchikan, but not an easy hike

Some references refer to the Deer Mountain trail as a easy hike, but that is not the case. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ketchikan, Alaska
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Ketchikan Lakes Road, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, AK 99901
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We started hiking this trail too early @6:30am. Took a cab from the cruise ship to the trail head, $8 each way. Definitely not a easy hike. Since we started too early, there wasn't anyone else on the trail which made my husband think it...More

Thank LalithaKosuri
Reviewed 1 week ago

Some references refer to the Deer Mountain trail as a easy hike, but that is not the case. The average person will take just about three hours to get to the peak which does afford spectacular views of Ketchikan and all the way to Canada...More

Thank rainbirdmuse
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great hike with a nice trail. There is a LOT of heavy climbing. It's about 1500 feet in a little over a mile. The view is definitely worth it. There are no tours here... so grab a cab from the cruise port....More

Thank Jpullo
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We decided to do our own thing when docked in Ketchikan. We found this hike on trip advisor & we were grateful for the honest helpful reviews My husband & I are 54 yrs & 57 yrs of age with a good level of fitness...More

Thank 531wendyc2013
Reviewed 11 July 2017

So this trail head is not well marked in my opinion, but worth the effort to get there. A beautiful hike with great views of the valley.

Thank Dean W
Reviewed 6 July 2017

A great, steep trail that affords some great views. On my hike, the clouds and rain started filling in when I was about half way up. On top I was completely cloud and rain bound, so didn't get great views. The shelter at the top...More

Thank Austin_Cycle_Boy
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We had an 11month old in a harass and we did great. Some stairs are a bit tall and wide but that lookout is amazing.

Thank Eve B
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Deer Mountain trail is an mid-level hiking trail that has a lot of fantastic scenery and wildlife. It is one that can be done in 4 or 5 hours easily or if you want to hike farther it is possible to hike across the ridges...More

Thank duffmeister007
Reviewed 29 May 2017

I hiked this trail slowly and steadily with my two dogs. I took rests and drank water as one should. The views are spectacular and the day was foggy at first but it all burned off. I hiked around the peak, to the cabin, and...More

Thank Loren778899
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I live in Florida which has no mountains to climb, so when we saw this on trip advisor we decided to try it. The day we were there the fog was very heavy, but at times we could get some great views....More

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Kelly W
16 July 2017|
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Response from 531wendyc2013 | Reviewed this property |
We bought some trail mix at one of the souvenir shops as we disembarked.
7 July 2015|
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Response from familyoffourdallas | Reviewed this property |
No waterfalls etc but definitely very interesting and beautiful to see the lush vegetation and hear all the birds as you climb.