Tips for Hiking Trails Near Alaska Cruise Ports

View of people on hiking trail bridge with Alaska cruise port in background.

It’s National Great Outdoors Month, which is a great time to spotlight some of the incredible hiking trails in Alaska. When you embark on an Alaska cruise, you know you’re going to take in magnificent sights. There’s a lot to look forward to, including majestic landscapes, icy blue glaciers and beautiful wildlife. And if you love the great outdoors, you’ll also love the incredible hiking trails. Here are a few of the trails you’ll find near Alaska cruise ports with quick tips to make the most of your hiking adventure.


Photo Point Trail Overlooking Mendenhall Glacier
Soak up the spectacular views of Mendenhall Glacier on a paved hiking trail cherished by locals and visitors. Easy to access, less than a mile long and about 12 miles from the port, there’s no denying the beauty of the glacier as it covers the peaks and stretches out toward the Tongass National Forest. If you like snapping photos as you savor the moment, then you’ll enjoy this hike.

View of Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska from Visitor Center.

View of Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska from hiking trail at Visitor Center.


Deer Mountain Trail
Looking for a hiking trail with an iconic backdrop and stunning views? Five miles long with an elevation gain of 2600 feet, this trail is considered one of the more difficult hikes. You’ll quickly ascend to trail switchbacks, venture through a rainforest and enjoy views overlooking Ketchikan Lake.


Yakutania Point
Connecting to Smuggler’s Cove Trail, the two-mile Yakutania Point hike is generally considered easy to complete with an elevation gain of about 100 feet. Along the route, you’ll take a set of stairs leading to an inlet that was supposedly used by bootleggers during the Prohibition period.

Hiking trail winding through tall trees in Alaska.

Hiking trail in Ketchikan, Alaska. 

Quick Tips for Hiking Alaska Trails

  • Prioritize your safety. Though Alaska offers many beautiful trails, you may not have good cell reception. Hike with friends and make sure someone knows where you’re going.
  • Plan ahead and agree on a turnaround time to ensure you make it back to the ship before departure.
  • Dress appropriately. Even during the summer months, some days can be chilly in Alaska. Prepare for wet and cold weather, and dress accordingly so you can enjoy your hike.
  • Don’t veer off the trail and be mindful of signs about recent wildlife activity, including bears.
  • Bring water and snacks for the humans in your party – not the wildlife.

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  1. xlxo June 3, 2023 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    For ships that include Vancouver as your bonus port. Lots of trails can be found on the North Shore, Whistler and Sea to Sky with various levels of difficulty.

    Some trails are transit friendly too.

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