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Tough hike but incredible views

If you don't want to run Mt.Marathon with the elite athletes on July 4 in Seward, but want to see... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2016
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Great View of Seward !

I'm not an avid hiker. Hike up was rough but hike down was a killer. I'm 50 and if you have a bad... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2016
Carla B
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Seward, AK
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Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

If you don't want to run Mt.Marathon with the elite athletes on July 4 in Seward, but want to see the view from the top, there's a hike for you! Take the hiker's trail, not the runner's trail. The full hike climbs 3,022 feet so...More

Thank AlaskaFamilia
Reviewed September 5, 2016

I'm not an avid hiker. Hike up was rough but hike down was a killer. I'm 50 and if you have a bad knee (or knees) I would avoid going all the way to the top. The hike down is rocky and shaky but my...More

Thank Carla B
Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a hike that starts with 3-4 steep legs before the switchbacks start to have their effect. When the trail is wet, as it was when we hiked, the steep sections are even more treacherous. When you break out above the tree line the...More

Reviewed August 23, 2016

went up mount marathon on a rainy day, but stayed warm by just keep moving up the mountain. took the back way so it was easier to the top. saw a moose and her calf and a bull moose at the end of the trail...More

Thank Judith T
Reviewed August 22, 2016

The trail isn't in the greatest condition, especially on a rainy day. It's steep and muddy in places so be careful. But the higher you go, the more beautiful the views of town, Resurrection Bay and the surrounding mountains. Also, the trailhead is literally right...More

Thank Truffles183
Reviewed August 19, 2016

Morning, hike to ‘Mt. Marathon’ trail. The trail is steep but a view of the ‘Resurrection’ bay visible on the way is truly amazing. It should take 3 to 4 hours to do it. Besides wilderness, the flora & fauna display on the way looks...More

Thank wallacejain
Reviewed August 9, 2016

Hell, I'd take the Jeep trail up and down as it really is a pretty little hike towering above the town of Seward. The Trailhead start on Monroe Street and will plant you at the base of the mountain where you will hike up a...More

Thank _JesseWilson
Reviewed August 1, 2016

Offering beautiful, changing views throughout your walk, with a lot of bonuses composed of mainly salmon-berries, this mountain might fit (almost) all hikers: you may go on- or off-track to explore the area. Jeep trail is a wide, dirt road that climbs up the mountain...More

Thank frenkie_boy
Reviewed July 24, 2016

My husband and our 16 year-old daughter decided to hike up Mt. Marathon while our other daughter (12) and I stayed back at the cottage to cook dinner. They came back so dirty, but with the biggest smiles! They said it was quite a challenge...More

Thank CAFamily
Reviewed July 18, 2016

Mt. Marathon dominates the scenery in and around Seward. It is the location of the famous annual Fourth of July foot race held every year in Seward. This annual event involves running to the top and back down in less than one hour! Last year's...More

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September 4, 2017|
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Response from Danuza | Reviewed this property |
I am pretty sure it is not allowed, however, there are campsites in the area near the mountain. I also agree with the traveler from AZ , bears are dangerous! Bears have killed people even in trails commonly used. Caution is... More
June 16, 2017|
Response from George M | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can go by yourself and most people do not carry bear spay or bells. However, you should be in good physical shape and have some hiking experience. The trail (even on the easier trail) is quite steep. Follow the... More
September 12, 2016|
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Response from NXTTRP | Reviewed this property |
The race is administrated by the Seward Chamber of Commerce. Go to their website to gain info / phone number from the appropriate person. Good luck!!