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Deer Mountain Trail

Ketchikan Lakes Road, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, AK 99901
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Waterfalls and slugs

From the cruise ship, we took the free shuttle to Totem Heritage Center and walked to Deer Mountain... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
Shailene_Hope
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 10 August 2017
LalithaKosuri
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Dallas, Texas
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Ketchikan Lakes Road, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, AK 99901
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

From the cruise ship, we took the free shuttle to Totem Heritage Center and walked to Deer Mountain Trail. It was raining and we didn't reach a lookout point after 1 hour of hiking, and we saw quite a few people turning back without reaching...More

Thank Shailene_Hope
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

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
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

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

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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aubreygriffith
16 December 2017|
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Response from rainbirdmuse | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 2 1/2 hours to get up to the second lookout and then an hour to come back down.
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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.
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TravelEnthu
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.
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