Each year at the end of January, winter sport enthusiasts from across the country join in Marquette, Michigan to compete in the Nouquemanon Ski Marathon. Whether by ski, snowshoe, or fat bike, competitors race through some of the area’s most picturesque trails, trails that have attracted visitors to Marquette for decades. But you don’t have to harness your competitive edge to enjoy the splendors of this trail system.
Whether you are a seasoned cross-country skier or just looking for a new way to explore the snow-laced winter scenery, Marquette’s Noquemanon Cross Country Ski Trail has something for everyone. It offers skiers of all skill levels a 50-kilometer trail system through some of the county’s most beautiful terrain. While the Noquemanon Trail Network develops and maintains a variety of Nordic ski trails throughout the area, no other section offers possibilities as long or diverse. With trail selections for snowshoes and fat bikes, there is no shortage of opportunities for fans of silent sports to break a sweat during Marquette’s snow-filled winters. The trail system winds through many landscapes. From gentle rolling hills alongside winding rivers to thrilling descents through tall pine forests. Numerous trailheads offer point to point or loop options, and designated canine trails offer a chance for your pup to soak it all in with you.
Trailhead amenities include: restrooms, ski and snowshoe rentals, snacks, a wood-fired social area, and free parking.
Extensive way-finding maps can be found at each intersection.
Gookookoo Inbound: 1.24km
Gookookoo Outbound: 0.98km
Pine Loop: 1.72km
County Road 510 to Tourist Park: 20.04km
Chiwaji with bypass: 1.85km
Chiwaji Hills: 2.24km
Follow Wright Street North from US 41 for approximately one mile. Turn left on Forestville Road. Follow Forestville Road for 2.3 miles and watch for railroad tracks on the right. Turn right, cross the tracks, and continue on the plowed road. Watch for signs to the trailhead. Day passes can be purchased on-site for $10.00.
County Road 510 Trailhead (No Facilities):
Take U.S. 41 west out of Marquette. Approximately two miles past the Wright Street traffic light turn right on to County Road 502. In ¼ mile turn right onto County Road 510. The trailhead kiosk is six miles down on the right side of the road. This location features difficult terrain. A suggested donation of $10.00 can be made using the pay pipe at the trailhead.
Tourist Park Trailhead (No Facilities):
From the campus of NMU, take Sugar Loaf Avenue north ½ mile towards County Road 550 (Big Bay Road). Take a left on 550 and drive approximately ¼ mile. The trailhead and parking are located on the left side of the road just passed the Dead River crossing.
Monday-Friday 11am to 8:30pm
Saturday/Sunday 10am to 8:30pm
Maps, rental equipment and tour services are readily available.