/Been up many times. Went up Jeep Trail to the Bench Trail, up to the saddle, then up the north ridgeline. Conditions were great. Much better than on previous Saturday when I crossed over from Jeep trail to Race Trail and slogged through thick snow and some mud. So nice and peaceful in the bowl today. Excellent glissading down the face, also much better than the previous Saturday. 9/10
Been up the runner's trail a couple times. One time, I saw a black bear following a couple from down south up the runner's trail. That'll make you move fast!
I started on the runners trail and cut to the right. This soon landed me at the top of a cliff scrambling up loose crumbly rocks and dirt. I was pulling myself up by flimsy tree roots until I decided the risk was too high. I went back down and discovered another trail starting at the end on Monroe Street. From there it was an easy 60 minutes up and 35 down. Fantastic views of Resurrection Bay.
excellent hike! got to the top, found some snow, did some glissading.
Stayed at Seward military R&R campground for a couple of weeks and went up Marathon Mtn via the race route to Race Point once, and later up the drainage between the true summit and Race Point to explore the glacier. Oplopanax horridus: I swear, its thorns have thorns.
I hiked the Runner's Trail to Race Point and ran down. A lot of people were on the mountain training for the race. I took my time with friends on the ascent, but ran down on the descent to Jefferson Avenue in 12:56.
I started up on the hiker's trailhead (elev: 100 ft) at 9:15pm at the corner of First Avenue and Monroe Street in Seward. The first few hundred feet in the forest are great. It reminded me of those gnome cartoons with everything green, fearns, moss, etc. Then, I took a wrong turn and ended up hiking some trail that leads to the northeast ridge to Race Point (elev: 3022 ft). The true summit of Marathon Mountain is more technical and sits at 4603 ft. I reached Race Point at 10:28pm. Took pictures and rested there for ten minutes. Then, I came down via the Racer's trail that ends up at the end of Lowell Canyon Road/Jefferson Street. Was back at the hiker's trailhead by 11:18pm. Amazing that you can hike in daylight even past 11pm in summer.
Rocky, scree trail but the views from the peak are worth the effort, especially on such a great sunny day!