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.