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Ketchikan Magical Old Growth Creek Trek

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Excursion Overview

A 3.5-mile roundtrip hike through an Alaska State Park into the Tongass National Forest.

This 3.5-mile hike is ideal for travelers who wish to experience the Alaskan wilderness up close and personal. Enjoy conversation with your local guide and fellow hikers as you make your way through the Alaska State Park into the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy a small group of 1 to 7 guests!

First, relax on the 40-minute scenic drive to the end of the road. Then hike an improved gravel trail alongside a river with glimpses of waterfalls. Walk through a magical old-growth rainforest displaying impressive specimens of Sitka spruce and western red cedar fencing in the trail.

Besides some stairs at the beginning of the hike, the trail flattens out and winds along the river valley below a ridge. 1.5 miles down the trail, our destination is a stone bench beside a serene bow in the river, where we can pause and enjoy one another and the peace and quiet.

This tour will benefit anyone who is visiting Alaska by cruise ship, state ferry, plane, or private boat and who would like to get away from the mass of tourists downtown or the large group tours. Enjoy your tour with your knowledgeable local tour guide! Learn about the flora and fauna and hear about our complicated logging history and what it means for our future. Learn why we need to protect our endangered old-growth forests.

This tour can be made private for small groups of 1-5 people. If you would like a private tour for your small group, please select the appropriate "Private Group" pricing option.

Please note: The trailhead is a forty-minute drive from Berth 3 and is a rural hike. No facilities are available at the trailhead or along the trail. If needed, public restrooms are available at the Settler's Cove campground nearby the trailhead before or after the tour. This is a tobacco-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free excursion.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • Bottled water
  • Trekking poles, backpacks, and rain ponchos if needed
  • Masks for vehicle transportation if needed


  • Minimum of 2 participants is required for this tour.
  • No minimum age. For children 8-years-old or younger, child car seats are required by law. Please leave a comment if you intend to bring a younger child. Currently two child car seats are available, rear or front facing. For children under 8, please book a private tour so we can better accommodate their pace.
  • Digital Agreement to Liability Waiver
  • Face masks to protect against COVID-19 are required during vehicle transportation. One will be provided if necessary.
    If guests refuse to wear a mask during transportation, they will not be allowed on the tour and no refund will be granted.
  • Guests should not have any debilitating medical conditions, injuries, or poor balance
  • Guests should be able to sustain hiking 3 miles and up to 2 hours of sustained exercise without a walker
  • Guests should be able to navigate stairs built into the trail

Duration: 3.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 40 minutes - drive to the trailhead from your meeting location
  • 45 minutes - hike 1.5 miles to a stone bench by a river
  • 15 minutes - relax and enjoy the scenery
  • 30 minutes - hike back 1.5 miles back to the trailhead
  • 20 minutes - hike 1/4 mile down to waterfall and ocean viewing platforms
  • 5 minutes - hike 1/4 mile back to the trailhead
  • 40 minutes - drive back to the cruise ship terminal for drop-off
  • 15 minutes - return buffer time to allow for traffic or restroom stops

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets on the cruise ship dock - Berth 3. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible. Guests should be able to hike 3.5 miles and sustain up to 2 hours of exercise without a walker.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. As part of your tour package, transportation is included from the cruise ship Berth 3 dock to the trail head and back. If you are arriving by Alaska state ferry or by plane, please leave us a comment at the end of the booking process for special pick-up arrangements depending on where you will be staying.

This hike is 40 mins from the cruise terminal in a rural area. Bathrooms are not available directly at the trailhead, but guests can use the public restroom at Settler's Cove Campground before and after the tour.

No. Because the tour takes place in an Alaskan temperate rain forest, rain may be most likely and can be a beautiful part of the experience.

If needed, backpacks and trekking poles are available to use, depending on availability - ponchos for those without raingear, bottled water, and one pair of binoculars to share.

Unfortunately no. There are a limited amount of trails that guides are allowed to commercially guide on in the Ketchikan area. Deer Mountain and Dude Mountain are regulated by the Tongass National Forest; and commercially guided hikes on these trails are not allowed.

If arriving on a cruise ship, you will meet your guide in front of the Ketchikan city map inside and at the far end of the Berth 3 shelter. Further instructions will be listed on your ticket voucher.

Seeing wildlife is always a possibility but not a guarantee, so keep your eyes and ears open.

This tour is not ADA accessible. Wheelchairs, walkers, or motorized scooters can not be accommodated.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Bottled water is included.


Guest Reviews


7 total


Arnold S

On May 2024

Great time on the hiking trail with Teague! Teague is personable, very knowledgeable, and a highly recommended guide. Hope to hike with him again on my next visit to Ketchikan! .

Barbara H

On Aug 2023

Our guide was very informative. The old growth was beautiful!!! Loved seeing the salmon swimming upstream jumping in the river!!

Y-Thao T

On Aug 2023

This is a nice break away from all the glaciers and time on the water. It had been sunny the entire two weeks I was in Alaska and it finally rained on this last day which was perfect because I like a rainforest in the, well, rain. Although, I'm sure the excursion would be great in any weather. The trail is family friendly with some stairs and gentle slopes. The guide is a great conversationalist and he engages everyone throughout our walk. I loved learning about the various flora and history of the forest. Thanks for the peppermint tea as well!

Jessica N F

On Jul 2023

This was our most favorite excursion in Alaska, and we feel it was due to being only a small group, and by that, I mean it just ended up being us! Teague was our guide and he was awesome and knowledgeable about the area, and surprised us with a cup of peppermint tea once we reached our destination. He was gracious to take several pictures of us for us throughout our entire hike. Thanks for sharing this beautiful hike in Ketchikan with us!

Nancy J

On Jun 2023

This hike was magnificent!! Our guide was awesome and his knowledge of the Tongue National Forest was exceptional. Walking through this amazing forest was magnificent. The gorgeous and giant trees the all the incredible plants and ground cover the smells were magnificent. It's like being in another world. Don't miss this one.


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Duration: 3.5 hours

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Duration: 3.5 hours

Minimum of 2 Required to Book

Adult : $150.48

Child (0-17): $85.50

Flat rate per group

Private Group (1-2): $570.00

Flat rate per group

Private Group (3-5): $855.00

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