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A steep climb

With approximately 3000 feet elevation climb, it is a grueling hike at a slow pace. During the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Greg S
Oakland, California
4th of July πŸ” Race is a must

What a cool way to spend the 4th. Get to town early, bring a folding chair, an appetite, and enjoy... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Mario C
Houston, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With approximately 3000 feet elevation climb, it is a grueling hike at a slow pace. During the summer race one can't imagine how fast these athletes can go up and down the mountain.

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 8 August 2018

What a cool way to spend the 4th. Get to town early, bring a folding chair, an appetite, and enjoy the festivities. Sit anywhere along the road and watch the races. Meet the locals, share a story, a beer, and walk around to the vendors...More

Thank Mario C
Reviewed 16 July 2018

we were very interested in this peak because of the annual event on the 4th of July. just behind the town of Seward.

Thank jocomitchells
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Very steep trail, particularly in the first 0.5 mile in the rainforest. It got flatter for a while during the bench trail, then it is all steep again. Hiking poles would make the hike a lot easier. The upper trail can be a little bit...More

3  Thank yishin
Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

On July 4th, the sleepy town of Seward comes alive for the annual Mt. Marathon race. There are participants from all over Alaska and the lower 48. It’s like a party atmosphere with vendors selling food and other items, and the local churches and organizations...More

Thank MarktheWay
Reviewed 27 May 2018

I was having lunch of excellent clam chowder and halibut fish and chips with my girlfriend in downtown Seward when I noticed the handsome mountain towering above the town. I asked the waitress about it and she gave me some advice and directions. I decided...More

Thank PeterMina
Reviewed 14 February 2018

After hearing about the famous race, I was looking forward to hike this mountain. It's only about 4 miles up and back but it's really steep and challenging. The trail goes straight up with out any switchbacks. Make sure you are of moderate physical shape...More

1  Thank RonPoons
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I have heard of Mt. Marathon since 1973. I have friends that have raced up it. A week ago I took the jeep trail route and hiked up to the turnaround point. Wow! Well worth the two hour hike up and the 45 minutes coming...More

2  Thank waltw234
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Mt. Marathon is historic in Seward! Go during Fourth of July to watch the Mt. Marathon race. It's so exciting and intense! The kids race is even crazy! Hike up the Jeep Trail - it starts out quite steep and then evens out. Cut over...More

Thank Mallory M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The view from the top of this mountain is amazing. I haven't done the hike myself. Have to be incredibly fit! Come on the 4th of July for the races up and back! It's fun just to watch!

1  Thank Rebecca R
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Response from waltw234 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the above. Rain usually goes with clouds and clouds can lead to a serious loss of visibility.
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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