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Mt. Marathon Jeep Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
45% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -2,605' -794 m
High: 2,742' 836 m
Low: 137' 42 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Josh Robinson

Take your time because at the end you can see the entire town of Seward.

Josh Robinson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

NOT passable past the bowl if there is any snow on the ground.

Runner Notes

It is a training spot for the Mount Marathon race. This route is a difficult run, but it is well recognized by locals, and most of the route is wide enough for multiple people to run abreast.

Description

You'll almost miss the trailhead if you are not driving slow, as it is almost hidden between two houses. Once you find the trailhead, you'll notice how large the trail is. Unlike many singletrack trails in the area, this route is the jeep trail that climbs Mt. Marathon and continues up past the tree line.

The way will be rocky and the trail won't smooth out for about 1.5 miles. Once you reach a certain elevation where the trail does smooth out the going becomes somewhat easy for a bit. Especially as things level off, you'll enjoy a less strenuous mile. In this mile, you'll be in a small valley with lots of mountain grass and fireweed. If you turn around, you can see parts of town and open ocean for miles. You'll also see many boats coming into port.

After you get past the meadow the trail will begin to gain elevation fast. You'll work your way past two steep elevation gains before you can relax again. Once the trail starts leveling off, you'll start heading up to what is locally known as "the bowl." You'll only make it about halfway through this feature before intersecting with the trail to the top. Here is where the Jeep Trail comes to an end

If you want to continue past this point to reach the summit, there will be a mix of terrain to get there. The way is fairly easy until you get to the climbing. You'll have to overcome some narrow singletrack about a half a mile. As a reward, you'll have great views the whole way!

Flora & Fauna

Very dense forest until you reach the tree line. Once here you will find a lot of fireweed and mountain grass. Watch for mountain goats, moose, birds, and rare sitting of bears.

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Aug 14, 2018
Laura Dunn
Jeep trail up and back 6mi

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  4.2 from 5 votes

#6724

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#89

in Alaska

#6,724

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Photos

Taking in the view at race point prior to heading towards the summit of Mt. Marathon
Nov 6, 2017 near Seward, AK
My wife is the bright tiny dot low on the ridge. Puts it in perspective a bit haha
Nov 6, 2017 near Seward, AK
Mt. Marathon bowl with some early season snow shenanigans awaiting
Nov 6, 2017 near Seward, AK

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