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Mt. Marathon

Seward, AK
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Seward
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Mountains
Traveler Description: Mt. Marathon's peak is 4,600 feet high with the race trail summiting at 3,022 feet .  Mt. Marathon is the home of the 4th of July Mt. Marathon Race... more »
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We only tried a small portion of this hike, and were taken with the knowledge that the annual July 4th mountain race had just taken place. Even at the start this is an impressive hiking opportunity; will look forward to the vistas from on up high on another visit.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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61 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The annual race in July-awesome event! The view from the bottom-dumbfounding why anyone would race up that stone The climb anyway up or around, breathtaking, bring water and snacks, have really great shoes!! And let someone know you intend to climb and the time, just in case.

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Portland, Oregon
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was a challenging hike with a ton of incline but it was totally worth it. The view from the top is incredible and I'm really glad we kept on going to the top.

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Centerville, Ohio
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2,093 helpful votes 2,093 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

25 years ago, when I first saw Mt. Marathon, I said, "I am not ever gonna run up this mountain!." Further more, I am never going to hike this mountain. And I would never ski this mountain! I salute those who do run Mt. Marathon!

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Lombard, Illinois
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392 reviews 392 reviews
178 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was with all my kids and we drove down from anchorage in the morning for a boat cruise. It was a sunny day and the views of the mountain were amazing. Seward is a beautiful city with great views.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We did not hike the race trail, but the waterfall trail. It is not as intimidating as the racing trail, but is still plenty steep for most of the way up. It is not marked very well, especially above the treeline. I agree with prior reviews to make sure you take a picture of the trail map prior to starting.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

My husband and it hiked the Marathon trail and it Took us just over 3 hours round trip. We are average fitness level. It is straight up the whole way and very tough terrain. (I am in awe of those runners!) I would not have worn sneakers, but hiking boots if I had known. That said the views are gorgeous... More

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San Diego
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

It is excellent if you are in for quite a challenge when it comes to a hike. If you fly paragliders, you can make the ice field pretty easily and you don't have to hike all the way to the top either.

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Cary, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

It took me about four hours to do the hike up and back. The view at the top was really beautiful. It was a clear day and you could see the Gulf of Alaska beyond Resurrection Bay. Also views of Seward harbor and Resurrection Bay were impressive. I didn't take the Racers Trail but rather the Waterfall Trail. Beyond the... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We chose to do the Race Point hike on the last day of our Alaska trip. It seemed like it would be challenging, but we also were unsure of other hiking routes in Seward. Everyone told us that it had taken them 4 hours or so, however for me, it took me 7. I am so glad we left in... More

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