Hiking in Ketchikan
Deer Mountain. The 3-mile trail from downtown to the 3,000-foot summit of Deer Mountain will repay your efforts with a spectacular panorama of the city below and the wilderness behind. The trail officially begins at the corner of Nordstrom Drive and Ketchikan Lake Road, but consider starting on the paved, 1½-mile scenic walk on the corner of Fair and Deermount streets. Pass through dense forests before emerging into the alpine country. A shelter cabin near the summit provides a place to warm up. Fair and Deermount Sts., Ketchikan, AK, 99901. www.seatrails.org/com_ketchikan/trl-deermountain.htm.
Ward Lake Recreation Area. About 6 miles north of town, the recreation area has hikes next to lakes and streams and beneath towering spruce and hemlock trees; it also has several covered picnic spots and a pleasant campground. An easy 1.3-mile nature trail circles the lake, which is popular for steelhead and salmon fishing. Ward Creek Trail begins from the lake and follows the creek 2½ miles, with shoreside paths to creekside platforms. The trail is hard-packed gravel and is wide and gentle enough for wheelchairs. More ambitious hikers head up the 2-mile Perseverance Trail, challenging steps and boardwalk that take hikers through the open muskeg (peat bog) to a small lake. Ward Lake, Ketchikan, AK, 99901. 907/225–2148 Ketchikan Ranger District.