Deer Mountain-John Mountain Trail

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Trail Distance: 11 miles
Time Estimate: 6 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 2938 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
This trailhead is only half a mile from downtown Ketchikan! This makes this trail a popular destination for residents and tourists who want to take in the area's natural beauty. In addition to hiking, the path is also used by mountain bikers and motor bikers. Leash up your dog and keep a first grip on the leash. This is going to be a bustling hike! The trailhead lacks a dedicated parking area, however, many people are happy to park in town and use the short walk to the start of the trail as a warm up!


Depending on the season, this can be a more or less challenging hike. Though it's never a walk in the park, it is significantly easier if you're going in the summer to fall. Snow will remain in the upper evelations well into June, so a spring hike will be complicated by the need for winter equipment. Snowshoeing the area is a popular activity, but it's much harder than regular hiking! Whenever you go, you should make sure to bring a jacket. Whenever you climb over three thousand feet in elevation, you run the risk of rapid weather changes! 

The Deer Mountain-John Mountain Trail is a steep climb almost right out of the gate. You'll continue at a steady incline until you reach the summit. From there, you'll have a gorgeous view of the entire community of Ketchikan, and the waterways behind it! You'll also have a choice. If you want to stick to just the Deer Mountain-John Mountain trail, you can turn back here and head back to town. If you want to press on a little, continue east along the trail to Silvis Lake. That's a multi-day hike, so don't go in further than you can hike out!

Deer Mountain-John Mountain Trail is a furrific day hike that delivers a great view every step of the way. 

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Alaska is bear country! The good news is most bears don't want to meet you either. Encourage them to clear out before you arrive by making noise as you walk. Walking in a group is better than walking alone--see if you have another friend with a dog or two who'd like to join you on this hike.
Address
1421 Deer Mountain Trail
Ketchikan, AK 99901
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Address
1421 Deer Mountain Trail
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset