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Great Hike

We spent a few hours walking to the top of the mountain via the Jeep trail which is well marked out and popular with hikers. The views along the way are fabulous and the top one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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West Sussex, United Kingdom

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We spent a few hours walking to the top of the mountain via the Jeep trail which is well marked out and popular with hikers. The views along the way are fabulous and the top one overlooking the harbour area is stunning.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Only go up this mountain if you are looking for a strenuous hike. Wonderful view the best time of year is around July 4th when there are lots of hardcore runners training for the race on July 4th each year.

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

You can park up on the jeep trail. Follow signs to the hospital (on Jefferson) and keep going up the hill. It's a rocky climb, but a beautiful view of all of Seward is before you. It's a good idea to wear shoes or sneakers with good grip.. Also a water bottle is needed.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I have climbed this mountain about 20 times over the years. It is very strenuous on the runners trail but is truly and amazing experience.

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maartenvd
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Do this hike if you're in it for the accomplishment or for the view. Don't do it if you're looking for a nice trail experience. The hike varies from steep jeep road to overgrown primitive trail to scramble in steep, loose slate scree. There aren't a lot of views until you're about halfway into it. My favorite part was actually... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I didn't know anyone but the locals standing next to me shared all their experiences & who was favored & why, and who the local favorites were & why. I felt like a local by the end of the day.

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My sister-in-law looked up this hiking trail (Jeep Trail) on Mt. Marathon. From everything she had read, "it sounds easy". Well the beginning of the trail is steep and the last 15 minutes to the bowl was also steep. Be prepared with the proper hiking shoes, water and don't forget your bear bell. (The trail goes through lots of berries... More 

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CHEHALIS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We were there for the 4th saw saw the racers go and come. Was unbelievable how fast they can do it. Was surprised that not every one who wants to race gets to!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

All you can say is WOW; those that race are amazing. They start in town and race up the Mountain. Have three groups early morning with the youth, mid morning with the women and late morning with the men. Lots of people and fun.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The 4th July marathon was a record breaking one for both the men's and women's division. It is insane to see the way these intrepid runners clamber up the steep and slippery slope and then hurtle down to glory. A true spectacle and well worth the visit.

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