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Ketchikan Mountain Lake Trek to Avalanche Chute

Come join your tour guide on a stunning 4-mile roundtrip hike in a small group of up to no more than 8 people! Just 15 minutes from the docks, hike an improved gravel trail alongside a forested lake below mountains. Plenty of spots for picture taking. From there, the second mileÃs more natural tread is mixed with gravel, large rocks, and roots as you ascend through an old-growth rainforest displaying large specimens of Sitka spruce. At 1100 feet of elevation, you arrive at the bottom of a picturesque avalanche chute, our destination. This hike can be somewhat strenuous and is a lot of hiking up (and down) hill on uneven tread.

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 who can also help you learn how to practice mindfulness on the hike and in other areas of your life! Don't forget to ask him about Ketchikan's endangered old-growth forests and how to protect them!

Enjoy connecting with your local tour guide, each other, and the wilderness of Southeast Alaska!

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


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


  • Minimum Age: 8 years old
  • Digital Agreement to Liability Waiver
  • Proof of Vaccination Required at time of tour and masks required to be worn in vehicle during transportation
    • If not proof of vaccination and/or refuse to wear a mask during transportation, will not be allowed on tour and no refund 
  • Guests should not have any debilitating medical conditions, injuries, or poor balance
  • Guests should be able to sustain hiking 4 miles up and down uneven, sloping mountain terrain and up to 3 hours of sustained exercise without a walker
  • This tour operates in all types of weather

Duration: 3.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate: 

  • 15 minutes - meet at the Berth 3 Shelter near the cruise ship terminal, by the city map
  • 15 minutes - drive to the trailhead
  • 1 hour 15 minutes - Hike 2 miles up to avalanche chute
  • 1 hour 15 minutes - Hike 2 miles down to parking lot
  • 15 minutes - your guide will hike to the parked vehicle, drive back to parking lot to pick up guests
  • 15 minutes - drive back to Berth 3 and drop guests off

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.

Does this hiking tour include transportation?

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. 

Will the tour be canceled due to rain?

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. 

What is provided on the tour?

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.

Can I book a tour with you on one of the many other trails in the Ketchikan area, such as Deer or Dude Mountain?

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.

Where do we meet the guide for our tour?

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. There is a 15-minute buffer zone for meeting your tour guide, i.e. if the tour is scheduled for 8:15am, the tour will leave no later than 8:30am. 

Will I see any wildlife on this tour?

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

Is this tour ADA accessible?

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

Can I bring a backpack?

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

Are food and drink included?

Bottled water is included.

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Duration: 3.5 hours

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Adult: $142.00

Child (8-17): $85.00

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