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Naha River Trail

This scenic and popular trail begins on saltwater and parallels the shoreline of Roosevelt Lagoon for about 2 miles.

photo: An all-hands field day to perform maintenance on a section of the Naha River Trail. Photo by USFS.

Length: 5.40 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: Near Ketchikan at Naha Bay.
State(s): Alaska
Counties: Ketchikan, Gateway, Borough
Longitude: -131.58567
Latitude: 55.5922

Driving Directions

60 minutes by car from Ketchikan. The trail starts at he head of Naha Bay from the floating dock and ends at the cabin site at the outlet of Heckman Lake.


The trail varies from a nearly flat boardwalk over the lower 2.5 miles to a moderately steep grade for the next four miles to Heckman Lake.

June through September are the most popular hiking months in southeast Alaska. Upper elevations are often snow-covered until mid June, making the going tough without skis or snowshoes. A clear fall day, without bugs and with autumn alpine color, can be a great time for a trip, providing you are prepared for sudden weather changes.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Boardwalk
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Crushed Rock

Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: 150
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USDA Forest Service - Tongass National Forest - Naha River Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Dennis Benson
Tongass National Forest
Misty Fiords Ranger District
3031 Tongass Ave.
Ketchikan , AK 99901
(907) 228-4107

Information Contact:
Cindy Schelin
Southeast Discovery Center
50 Main Street
Ketchikan , AK 99901
(907) 228-6290



An all-hands field day to perform maintenance on a section of the Naha River Trail. Photo by USFS.

An all-hands field day to perform maintenance on a section of the Naha River Trail. Photo by USFS.


Two years ago in August.

My brother and I were staying in the Jordan Lake cabin. We had been there 5 years previously and had hiked as far as Orton ranch while fishing the river. We found the trail to be in generally good condition. Two years ago, it was in pretty rough condition; over grown in some areas and the board walks were in need of a lot of repair. Still, all in all, a beautiful hike. We plan to go again in the next year or so and hope to hike it several times to our favorite fishing spot.

June 1, 2018



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