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Running in the Rain!

15 Mar 2010  Ketchikan resident and avid runner.
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The best route for going for a run in Ketchikan, starting at the cruise ship docks. Ketchikan is the rainiest city in North America, but hopefully the sun will be shining when you're here!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ketchikan
  • Category: Other
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Sports buffs
  • Appeals to: Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Creek Street
    Creek Street, Ketchikan, Alaska

    The streets of downtown Ketchikan can be VERY crowded when there are three or four cruise ships in town, so let's plan on warming up with a little walking. As you exit your ship from Docks 2, 3, or 4, the main drag will be right in front of you, make a right. From Dock 1, follow the waterfront walkway past the Lumberjack Show and the majestic salmon-colored Federal Building and you will hit the main drag after it turns the corner and becomes Stedman Street. If you're on the right-hand side of the street you should have enough room to run once you go over the bridge over Ketchikan Creek and pass Creek Street. The first part of your run is on the sidewalk going through the industrial part of town, past canneries, oil storage facilities, and the Coast Guard base. The 1-Mile post (the Federal Building being Mile 0) is at the far end of the Coast Guard base, then you're on the bike trail right along the water.

  • 2. Saxman Native Village
    Saxman Native Village, Ketchikan, Alaska

    After about two and a half miles you will arrive in Saxman, and see on your left one of the largest collections of totem poles in the world. The bike trail ends at this point, becoming a wide paved shoulder for a while, then the paved shoulder of the road becomes narrower for the next half mile or so. There is a gravel shoulder for most of it, but use caution! Near Shoup Street, the bike trail resumes. You'll pass Rotary Beach (still known to the locals as Bugge's Beach) and then the bike trail ends at Mountain Point, where the shoreline makes a 90-degree turn to the left. You will have run five miles at this point. The next three mile stretch is pretty dangerous, the shoulder is very narrow in places, and there's a fair amount of traffic in the summertime. At about the 8-Mile post, the road turns to gravel and there's not much traffic between there and the end of the road a little past the 12-Mile post.

  • 3. Burger Queen
    Burger Queen, Ketchikan, Alaska

    Whether you ran two miles or 25, you deserve a nice meal and maybe a brewski! You can order a great halibut burger (the Grilled Veggie burger is also great) from Burger Queen (no affiliation with Burger King) and have it delivered to The Asylum next door, or Arctic Bar across the street. All are just north of the tunnel that you should have seen if you started from Docks 3 or 4. For a nice selection of microbrews in a smoke-free environment, check out Fat Stan's in the Salmon Landing building (on Main Street near Dock 1).