Ward Lake and Ward Creek

Ketchikan, Alaska

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These trails are among the most popular in the area and travel by old-growth forest, Ward Creek and Ward Lake. Although these are Ketchikan’s most popular trails, it’s still possible to enjoy the quiet of an old-growth forest, relax by a beautiful creek, and hear and glimpse wildlife on these short trails. You can do the Ward Lake Nature Trail, a 1.3-mile loop, the Ward Creek Trail, about 2.5 miles one way, or a combination of the two by circling Ward Lake and backtracking on the Ward Creek Trail, adding up to about 6 miles round-trip.

Ward Lake and Ward Creek Professional Review and Guide

"These trails are among the most popular in the area and travel by old-growth forest, Ward Creek and Ward Lake. Although these are Ketchikan’s most popular trails, it’s still possible to enjoy the quiet of an old-growth forest, relax by a beautiful creek, and hear and glimpse wildlife on these short trails.

You can do the Ward Lake Nature Trail, a 1.3-mile loop, the Ward Creek Trail, about 2.5 miles one way, or a combination of the two by circling Ward Lake and backtracking on the Ward Creek Trail, adding up to about 6 miles round-trip."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ketchikan
Distance: 1.3-6 miles
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best March through November
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan–Misty Fjords Ranger District, 3031 Tongass Ave., Ketchikan, AK 99901; (907) 225- 2148; www.fs.usda.gov/tongass/
Local Maps: USGS Ketchikan B-6 (NE); Forest Service Ketchikan Area Hiking Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Ward Lake and Ward Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

7/23/2008
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Very nice easy hike! My wife and I have walked this trail countless time when we lived close to it! Our favorite spot was the beautiful foot bridge over the outlet for the lake (good place to steal a kiss). Lots of places to stop and sit to soke in the beauty. The wild birds were very memorable as was the beavers that you could set your watch by as they would start there evening patrol of the shoreline.



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