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To the top!

26 Feb 2010  Avid hiker.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

Eight hours is just enough time to go from your ship to the top of Deer Mountain and back. If you're in really good shape, that is...

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ketchikan
  • Category: Walking tour
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer, Fall
  • 1. Deer Mountain

    Deer Mountain is the big mountain in the background in many shots of Ketchikan. The peak is 3,001 feet above sea level.
    If you're at Dock 2, 3, or 4, the main drag will be right in front of you as you exit your ship, if you're at Dock 1, you'll have to go a little left to get to it. Find it and make a right. Follow the main drag, it changes names as it winds through downtown, it will become Stedman Street. At the corner of Stedman and Deermount, you'll see Tatsuda's IGA supermarket. This is a great place to buy some snacks for the hike. If you're already set on snacks, you can find a downtown street map, there are other ways to get there, such as folllowing Creek Street and Married Man's Trail to Park Ave.
    You'll make a left on Deermount and keep going. It dead-ends at Fair Street, you will have walked about a mile by this point. You'll make a right and it will become Ketchikan Lakes Road. This is a very steep hill, and fairly long, maybe a half mile. At the top of the hill, there is an intersection. Go straight ahead into the residential area for a little bit, then follow the road as it veers left. You will then see the trailhead. Alternatively, you can find a taxi near the cruise ship dock and have them take you to the trailhead.
    The trail itself is about 2.5 to 3 miles each way with an elevation gain of over 2000 feet. There are signs every quarter mile for the first mile. Just past the one-mile mark, there is the "one mile lookout" offering a beautiful view of Pennock, Gravina, and Annette Islands.
    After that there is a fairly easy stretch where it is uphill on your left and downhill on your right, then a series of swtichbacks, then a stretch where it is uphill on your right and downhill on your left. The "two mile lookout" is a little bit off the trail, it offers a beautiful view of the west end of Ketchikan.
    Continuing on, there is a tricky part where the trail to the summit splits off to the right from the trail that continues along the ridge. There may or may not be a sign there. On a clear day the view from the top is incredible, and you can enjoy a feeling of accomplishment before you start hustling down before your ship leaves without you. Depending on how much time you have left, and how sore your legs are, you can call a taxi as you approach the trailhead. Alaska Cab is (907) 225-2133, Sourdough is (907) 225-5544, and Yellow Cab is (907) 225-5555.
    In the early summer there might still be considerable snow above the two mile lookout, think about turning around, or at least use caution. Hopefully, as your ship leaves, you'll be able to point to Deer Mountain, and to tell people you made it all the way to the top.
    Good luck!

  • 2. Tatsuda's IGA

    Family-owned grocery store in Ketchikan, Alaska.

  • 3. Creek Street
    Creek Street, Ketchikan, Alaska

    If all goes well, you'll have time to do some shopping on Creek Street! Check out Soho Coho and Parnassus Books in the Star Building.