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Deer Mountain Trail

Ketchikan, AK

Deer Mountain Trail is a 9 mile out and back trail located near Ketchikan, Alaska and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until September. However, for those who enjoy winter activities, such as snowshoeing, Deer Mt. trail is open year round.

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Deer Mountain Trail

Ketchikan, AK

Recent Reviews


Deer Mountain Trail
by Matt Coan

6 Completed 5 Reviews

Truely beautiful forest. Very mature forest as well. One of the areas while i was there had been taken out by an avalanche earlier in the year I'd assume. In that area there is no topsoil. It is just layered moss that trees,shrubs, etc grow out of so an avalanche took it down to bare rock with large trees piled at the bottom of the mountain. Beautiful area.


Rainbird Trail
by Tracy-Keri Sprenger

81 Completed 44 Reviews

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.


Deer Mountain Trail

6 Completed 6 Reviews

At 9:00 am we stepped off on the Deer Mountain trail head, it was 36 degrees with scattered clouds. As we left the parking area the trail was partially covered with snow. We walked for about 45 minutes under the cover of trees before we came to the first landing where we could see ocean. The sun was coming up over the clouds casting a beautiful reflection off the ocean. We walked under the cover of trees for another hour a half before the snow got too deep. We were able to make it approximately three quarters of the way up the hill before we had to turn around. This was the first hike I have done in the snow and it was very challenging. I would like to do this hike in the spring when everything is green.