Iditarod National Historic Trail
Seward Community Library & Museum
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Thorn’s Showcase Lounge
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Sea Bean Cafe
Serves hot paninis, wraps, Belgian waffles, ice cream, smoothies and espressos.
Iditarod National Historic Trail information
Though the Iditarod Race to Nome currently departs from Anchorage, the legendary trail actually begins in Seward. A far more interesting segment of the trail for hikers, however, can be reached by heading east 2 miles on Nash Rd, which intersects the Seward Hwy at Mile 3.2.
From here you can follow the Iditarod National Historic Trail through woods and thick brush for a 4-mile hike to Bear Lake. Nearby is the unmarked trailhead for the Mt Alice Trail, a fairly difficult and highly recommended 2.5-mile climb to the alpine summit. Bald eagles, blueberries and stunning views can be had elsewhere, but it’s the solitude – this trail is relatively unused – and afternoon light that make Mt Alice great. Back at Bear Lake, you can either backtrack to town or forge on another 11 miles to rejoin the Seward Hwy. At the foot of Ballaine Blvd, a memorial marks Mile 0 and a paved bike path heads 2 miles north along the beach.