Alaska Hiking, Nature November 08, 2021
by Megan McDonald Get Your Last Run In For The Colorful Autumn Season On This Epic Alaskan Hike
If you’re looking for one of the best views of Resurrection Bay you can find, the Mount Marathon Trail is the place to go! Winding all the way up to the tippy top of Mount Marathon, this breathtaking hike will give you panoramic views of Alaska’s prettiest scenery. But the season for hiking this epic climb is almost over, so make sure you visit it before too much snow falls!
There are fewer places more beautiful than Resurrection Bay.
A gorgeous blue color, and surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks, this lovely stretch of water is a wonder to behold at any elevation.
But when you get up high, the view is something extra special.
And the famous Mount Marathon Trail will take you to views that span miles in every single direction. It’s hard not to love a sight like this!
This trail is famous for its race held every summer on the weekend of July 4th.
Elite racers race this entire trail in less than an hour, and it’s so popular people come from all over the world to compete and watch it. But it’s also enjoyable at a much slower pace, where you can stop to soak in the views.
The hike is a 4.1-mile loop.
It starts at just about sea level and ascends 2,923 feet. It’s very steep in the beginning, but it does level out a bit once you get above the tree line.
Make sure you wear great footwear and bring plenty of layers.
It can get windy, and as we head into winter, there may even be snow. Bring hiking poles if you want greater stability along your hike.
There are two trails up: the “jeep” trail, and the “racers” trail.
The jeep trail is a far more gradual, easier ascent, and is recommended for casual hikers. This route is probably the one you would like to take when you hike it.
Plan on a couple of hours for your hike depending on what shape you’re in.
Bring some snacks and plenty of water, and stay alert while you’re in Alaska’s backcountry. The views from this epic hike are worth every step of the way!
Have you ever hiked the Mount Marathon Trail? What time of year? Did you love it? Let us know in the comments below!
Fuel up after your adventure and
Enjoy One Of The Best Crab Omelets In Alaska In The Victorian Lounge Inside Hotel Seward.
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