Ketchikan Wildlife Viewing
Deer Mountain Trail

photo of Deer Mountain Trail area wildlife Deer Mountain looms 3,000 feet over downtown Ketchikan. Look for mountain goats on the Deer Mountain Trail, especially if you take the time to scan the slopes with binoculars. Listen for the soft clucking and hooting of blue grouse and willow ptarmigan while hiking in the alpine. Sitka black-tailed deer and black bears come to higher elevations in the spring and early summer to feed on early-season plants. Look for bears and deer at lower elevations on the trail throughout the summer.


The Deer Mountain Trail passes through spruce-hemlock forest before ascending into the alpine.


  • Black Bear
  • Eagles
  • Grouse
  • Mountain Goat
  • Ptarmigan
  • Sitka black-tailed deer


Mountain goats use steep rocky terrain as protection from predators. Look for white spots on hillsides, and then use binoculars to get a better look at these nimble climbers.


  • Hiking Trails
  • Within Walking Distance


The Deer Mountain Trail is a challenging trail that should only be attempted by fit and experienced hikers.

Plan to spend at least: 2 hours - full day

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The trailhead for the Deer Mountain Trail is near the end of Ketchikan Lakes Road at the east edge of downtown.


USDA Forest Service, Ketchikan-Misty Fjords Ranger District - (907) 225-2148 Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau - (800) 770-3300 or

Additional Information

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