Hiking

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Ketchikan boasts many hiking trails to take in the breathtaking forests, mountains, lakes and other beautiful scenery.

The trails listed below suit many hiking abilities (walking along Ketchikan’s waterfront to an overnight mountain hike) and are accessible by foot, bus or car.

Popular trail choices include the Rainbird and Married Men’s Trail (in-city) and Ward Lake and Perseverance Trails (north of town).

NORTH OF TOWN

Refuge Cove Trail
Length: 0.25 miles (one way), 15 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain: Not significant
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (8.9 miles)

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WARD LAKE AREA
Pipeline Trail
Length: 2.5 miles (one way), 2 hours (one way)
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (8.6 miles)

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Salvage Trail
Length: 1.5 miles (one way), 1 hour (one way)
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (8.6 miles)

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Ward Creek Trail
Length: 2.5 miles (one way), 2 hours (one way)
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (8.9 miles)

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Ward Lake Trail
Length: 1.3 miles (one way), 1 hour (one way)
Elevation Gain: Not significant
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (9.2 miles)

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Perseverance Trail
Length: 2.4 miles (one way), 1.5 hours (one way)
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Forest Service Rating: More Difficult
Trailhead (9.5 miles)

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Minerva Mountain Trail
Length: 6.5 miles (one way), 8 hours (one way)
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Forest Service Rating: Most Difficult
Trailhead (9.5 miles)

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Frog Pond Trail
Length: 0.5 miles (one way), 30 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (9.8 miles)

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Connell Lake Trail
Length: 2.1 miles (one way), 1.5 hours (one way)
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (10.2 miles)

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Dude Mountain Trail
Length: 1.35 miles (one way), 2 hours (one way)
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Forest Service Rating: Most Difficult
Trailhead (17.0 miles)

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NORTH OF TOWN

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North Tongass Roadside Trail
Length: 2.9 miles (one way)
Elevation Gain: Not significant
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (8.9 miles)

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Totem Bight State Historical Park Trail
Length: 0.5 miles (one way), 30 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain: Not significant
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (10.0 miles)

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Coast Guard Beach Trail
Length: 1 mile (one way), 45 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain: 170 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (15 miles)

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Hollow Cedar Beach Access Trail
Length: 500 feet (one way)
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (18.6 miles)

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Lunch Falls Trail
Length: 0.5 miles (one way), 45 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (18.6 miles)

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Lunch Creek Trail
Length: 4.8 miles (one way), 4 hours (one way)
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Forest Service Rating: Most Difficult
Trailhead (18.6 miles)

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IN TOWN

Waterfront Promenade
Length: 1.3 miles (one way), 1 hour (one way)
Elevation Gain: not significant
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trail

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Married Man’s Trail
Length: 0.2 miles (one way), 20 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (0.2 miles)

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Schoenbar Trail
Length: 0.25 miles (one way), 20 minutes (one way)
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (0.6 miles)

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Deer Mountain Trail
Length: 2.75 miles (one way), 3.5 hours (one way)
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Forest Service Rating: Most Difficult
Trailhead (1.0 miles)

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Deer Mountain to Silvis Lake Traverse
Length: 13.75 miles (one way), 1-2 days (one way)
Elevation Gain: About 3,000 feet
Forest Service Rating: Most Difficult
Trailhead (1.0 miles)

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Rainbird Trail
Length: 1.3 miles (one way), 1 hour (one way)
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Forest Service Rating: More Difficult
Trailhead (1.7 miles)

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Carlanna Lake Trail
Length: 1.5 miles (one way), 1 hour (one way)
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (3.2 miles)

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SOUTH OF TOWN

Silvis Lakes Trail
Length: 2 miles to Lower Silvis Lake (one way), 3 miles to Upper Silvis Lake (one way); 1.5 hours to Lower Silvis Lake (one way), 2 hours to Upper Silvis Lake (one way)
Elevation Gain: 1,112 feet to Upper Silvis Lake
Forest Service Rating: More Difficult
Trailhead (12.7 miles)

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Joseph C. Williams, Sr. Coastal Trail
Length: 4.3 miles (one way)
Elevation Gain: Not significant
Forest Service Rating: Easy
Trailhead (0.8 miles)

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