The Deer Mountain National Recreation trail is 10.7 miles long. This trail begins at the Deer Mountain trailhead and continues to the Upper Silvis Lake. The trail is composed of natural tread with brief sections of boardwalk. The trail is steep, with many switchbacks and gains two thousand feet of elevation in the first two miles of trail.
From the Deer Mtn. shelter to Blue Lake shelter, the trail route is marked and some tread does exist. The trail beyond Blue Lake to John Mtn. and Upper Silvis Lake has some markers but very little tread is present. Hikers venturing beyond Blue Lake should be experienced with the use of maps, compass and/or GPS as well as having knowledge of the trail route.
At a Glance
Directions: To access the Deer Mtn. trailhead, walk or drive up the Ketchikan Lakes Road for 1/2 mile, to the junction with Nordstrom Dr (the road to the solid waste facility). After going straight through the junction, turn right into the Deer Mtn. trailhead parking area. The Silvis Lake trailhead is located 13 miles south of Ketchikan at the end of South Tongass Highway. Parking is available within the Beaver Falls Powerhouse administrative site. From the Silvis trailhead, the route follows the access road two miles behind a locked gate to Lower Silvis Lake. The actual trail starts just past the Silvis Lake Powerhouse near the inlet to Lower Silvis Lake.