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Mt. Marathon

Seward, AK
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Ranked #5 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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Peachtree City, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was a tough climb for a 75-yr old, slippery after a rain, and not up the better trail. The views are great! But this is the second time my son-in-law (30s something) chose to climb down the north side scree slope. And i found that three years between climbs makes a difference.

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116 reviews 116 reviews
23 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I was part of a tour party all set for a morning at the SeaLife centre. Bit boring, though, innit? Instead, our guide dropped me off at the bottom of Mount Marathon at the information board for the runners' route. It is steep, relentless and tough. Do not try this unless you're fit, agile and comfortable with scrambling. I did... More

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Seward, Alaska
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you want a challenging hike with the most geougous view of a life-time, climb Mt. Marathon! Be warned though, the top is steeper than it looks!

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Middlesboro, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

OK, I'll admit it, Mt Marathon kicked my butt. My son, daughter-in-law and I spent 4 1/2 hours getting about 3/4 of the way up Mt Marathon using the jeep trail, and finally I cried uncle. Nevertheless, I'd do it all again! To someone from the lower 48 it is so cool to start out at sea level and hike... More

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England
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The runners’ route up Mt. Marathon is a steep, relentless climb over scree. We took the more scenic route via the Jeep Trail and Skyline Ridge. The visitor centre painted a dire picture of steep, loose rocks on the Skyline Trail and didn’t recommend that we attempt it due to the mortal dangers of the route! Needless to say, we... More

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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101 reviews 101 reviews
54 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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180 reviews 180 reviews
66 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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1,263 reviews 1,263 reviews
335 attraction reviews
2,345 helpful votes 2,345 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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420 reviews 420 reviews
186 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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