Marathon Mountain, Alaska 99664, USA
Exhilarating Is an UnderstatementMount Marathon is a popular 5k trail running race in Seward, Alaska. The problem is, no one on their right mind should run it. We learned about the trail from some locals and decided to try it out – walking, not running. It was difficult to find the trail head so we made our own way, as many do, and met up with the trail quickly. Up, up, up, up, up – it felt steeper than climbing the side of a building (which, to be clear, I have not done). The views over Seward and Resurrection Bay were breathtaking, and not just from the exertion! We only made it two-thirds of the way to the summit before the steepness and height were quite honestly freaking me out, so we turned to connect with the downward path. There is no specific trail down: hikers/runners/racers/crazy people ski down the sheer scree side of the mountain with their feet.
My advice: watch out for short cliff drop-offs before the bottom - yikes. And wear layers - the higher you make it, the colder it is. There was still snow on the summit in June.