Deer Mountain-John Mountain Trail

Type: Backcountry
Length: 11.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Tongass National Forest, Misty Fiords Ranger District, At beginning in Ketchikan, connects Blue Lake, Upper Silvis Lake, and the shoreline of George Inlet.
States: Alaska
Counties: Ketchikan, Gateway, Borough
Latitude: 55.34149   Longitude: -131.62302

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Towering 3000 feet above the waterfront, the summit of Deer Mountain is one of Ketchikan's most familiar landmarks. Climbing to the top is also the most popular hike out of Ketchikan, since the trailhead is only .5 mile from downtown. Deer Mountain can be hiked in the better part of a day; although spending 2-3 days to hike the trail from Ketchikan to Silvis Lake is not uncommon.

June through September are the most popular hiking months in southeast Alaska. Upper elevations are often snow-covered until mid June, making the going tough without skis or snowshoes. A clear fall day, without bugs and with autumn alpine color, can be a great time for a trip, providing you are prepared for sudden weather changes.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Boardwalk
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Crushed Rock
Wood, running plank

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 300
Elevation High Point: 3,238
Year Designated: 1978

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Dennis Benson
Tongass National Forest
3031 Tongass Ave.
Ketchikan , AK 99901
(907) 228-4107

Information contact:
Cindy Schelin
Southeast Discovery Center
50 Main Street
Ketchikan , AK 99901
(907) 228-6290



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