Marquette County has some of the best biking terrain in the Midwest, and most notable in the nation even. With 12,000 ft of elevation, and over 100 miles of singletrack, you may be asking yourself— where do I begin? Here’s 5 rides to start you off.
If you’re new to Marquette’s mountain bike trails, we introduce to you, the North Trails Loop. The route technically starts at Marquette Board of Light and Power, but tons of people prefer to access it right from Tourist Park. With IMBA trail building technology this “new school” trail incorporates waterfalls, dams, berms, bench cuts, and bridges.
Morgan Creek Loop, also known as the Green Loop is part of the NTN South Trails. The loop starts on Carp Eh Diem, a trail that rides smoothly along the edges of the Carp River. Expect climbs, contours, and scenery along this long, curvy singletrack; paired with sparse rock, sizable berms, and decent descents.
Ride miles of trail in Marquette County’s West End, which has been completely hand built (no machines) over the decades by grassroots trail organization RAMBA (Range Area Mountain Bike Club). The system is a Bronze Level IMBA Ride Center, with trail heads throughout the Iron Range. Maps and more info.
IOHT offers a cross-section of Marquette County’s scenery, history and culture. It gains (or loses, depending on which direction you’re going) about 1,000 feet of elevation, hitting the county’s low point at Lake Superior and one of its higher points near Ishpeming. It acts as a backbone to other trail networks, and passes through the heart of Marquette, where riders can take a pit stop (or a pint stop) at one of the many restaurants or breweries in the area.
This 17 mile city path is suitable for any skill and fitness level as it never gains or loses a tremendous amount of elevation throughout the ride. The Multi-Use Path has multiple spurs and loops, but also includes a flat, paved stretch along the city’s entire Lake Superior shoreline. The perfect path for a ‘Sunday afternoon ride’ type vibe.