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Mt. Marathon

Seward, AK
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Ranked #6 of 13 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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Middlesboro, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
70 helpful votes 70 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
52 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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178 reviews 178 reviews
65 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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1,252 reviews 1,252 reviews
335 attraction reviews
2,284 helpful votes 2,284 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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411 reviews 411 reviews
183 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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
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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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