Seward and Resurrection Bay from Mt. Marathon

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While in Seward be sure and take advantage of all this small town has to offer.  Whatever your pleasure, fishing, sightseeing boat tours, shopping, dining, a leisurely walk or backcountry hiking for the more adventurous wanting to get off the beaten path, Seward has something to offer.   Take a look at our Links page connecting you to Seward  businesses that can help you plan the perfect stay.
Dining options in Seward are many, whether in the small boat harbor, downtown or the outlying area.  Many restaurants feature fish fresh dishes that are sure to please.
The Alaska SeaLife Center offers an unrivaled, up-close and personal experience with Gulf of Alaska marine wildlife. Witness a 1000 pound Steller sea lion gliding past underwater viewing windows, puffins diving in a carefully crafted naturalistic habitat, and harbor seals hauled out on rocky beaches. Alaskan king crab, sea stars, and the Giant Pacific octopus also await you, as well as a whole variety of intertidal creatures and deep sea fishes.
The waters of the Gulf of Alaska offer excellent sport fishing opportunities.  Hook up with one of many fishing charters in Seward for a day of fishing for halibut or salmon.  
The waterfront bike path connects the Seward small boat harbor with downtown.  It is an easy 1 mile walk on a paved path along the shores of Resurrection Bay.  Watch for sea otters, sea lions and eagles.  
Be sure to make time to visit Exit Glacier, part of the Kenai Fjords National Park.  The glacier is accessible by foot with only a short walk on a partially paved and well maintained trail.  
Harding Ice Field.  This trail begins at Exit Glacier and climbs alongside it bringing you to the edge of the Harding Ice Field.  This is a strenuous climb/hike and you must be in very good shape to make the 3.7 mile summit (one way) taking you to about 2600 ft. in elevation.  It is well worth the effort and I try to do this one every year.
Lost Lake.  The most beautiful trail on the Kenai Peninsula and possibly the state, it is definitely my favorite.  This is a popular trail for hiking, running and mountain biking.  It is a moderate to strenuous hike taking you to approx. 2000 ft. elevation where the views of Resurrection Bay and Gulf of Alaska are breathtaking.  July through August the wildflowers are spectacular.  This trail is 15 miles end to end or roundtrip to the lake, 7 miles one way.  Another option is a 3 mile hike, one way,  on the winter trail to a Forest Service cabin where you can turn back or continue on past the cabin to hook up with and return on the summer trail making a nice 8 mile loop.
Resurrection River Trail.  Part of the Chugach National Forest this trail is located off Exit Glacier Road.  An easy trail offering great hiking and mountain biking as it makes its way through thick forest.  This trail is 25 miles end to end.  About 3 miles in is a large river ravine that is worth seeing and makes for a nice roundtrip hike.  Because of its proximity to the Resurrection River bears are often seen on this trail so be alert. 
Mt. Alice.  Our own "local" favorite.  This trail is not maintained by the Park Service.  Located on the east shore of Resurrection Bay it is a strenuous hike through dense forest to the alpine tundra.  It is a spectacular trail to do in late summer when all the alpine flowers are in full bloom.  This is a great place to pick blueberries in the fall. 
Two Lakes Trail.  Easy and close located in town at the base of Mt. Marathon on 2nd Avenue.  A short nature hike starting at First Lake continuing for about 1/4 mile to Second Lake and looping back to First Lake.  If your not into a strenuous hike but would like a little nature experience in the woods it is a very easy trail with a small bit of gold mining history along the way.

Caines Head Trail-Tonsina Point.  An easy hike, this trail begins at Lowell Point and follows the bay to Caines Head.  About 1.5 miles into the hike you will reach Tonsina Creek, a great two hour hike on easy terrain.  From Tonsina the trail continues for several miles to Caines Head but is only accessible at high tide.  Consult a tide book before heading out if you plan on doing the entire trail.  Allow a full day for this 15 mile round trip hike.  If you want to continue past Caines Head to South Beach you need to allow another 4 miles.   Caines head is the location of a large gun turret and lookout point leftover from WWII when the Japanese invaded Alaska, which was still a territory at the time, not a state. 

Mt. Marathon.  Only for the very serious.  This is not a hike it is an extremely strenuous climb!  After doing this one you will quickly understand why the people that race the mountain every 4th of July deserve a bit of notoriety.  You climb 3,000 ft. in one mile, quite literally you go straight up.  No technical climbing but full of loose shale, mud, snow, steep cliffs, and once in a while a bear!.......True story; and not to make it seem any scarier, but maybe there is a reason the first business located at the bottom of this mountain happens to be the Emergency center for the local hospital.

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