Looking for the best hike in Marquette? Head out to Hogback Mountain for Marquette’s most challenging and rewarding hike available. The easily accessible yet demanding terrain will all be worthwhile once atop it’s peak. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about peaking one of the UP’s best hikes.
Hiking Hogback Mountain Overview
- Where is Hogback?
- Where is the trail head?
- When can I hike it?
- What to Bring
Where is Hogback Mountain?
Hogback Mountain is located about 15 minutes outside of town off of Big Bay Rd. Getting to Hogback is very straightforward and doesn’t require any dirt road or back road access like many other spots around town.
Where is the Hogback Mountain Trailhead?
The Hogback Mountain trail head can be found at two different spots. If you’re hiking the North Hogback trail, park across the street from the Wetmore parking lot. If you’re hiking the other hogback trail, find the easily missable parking lot .5 mile down Big Bay Rd at the Wetmore Pond Parking lot.
When can I hike Hogback?
Hikers can hike Hogback year round but trail conditions will vary drastically season to season. The ideal time to scale the peak of Hogback is in the FALL, when foliage in Marquette is unbeatable. Spring/Summer are excellent but provide warmer conditions and bugs while Winter days are variable with snowfall and snow pack.
Where do I park for Hogback?
Parking for Hogback mountain can be a challenge for someone who has never been. There are two options. Park across the street from the Wetmore Landing parking lot (down the road .5 miles) Or park at the easily missable Wetmore Pond Nature trails parking lot.
How difficult is Hogback Mountain Hike?
Hiking Hogback can definitely be a challenging hike for those who aren’t akin to much hiking. The beginning of the regular hogback hike is fairly flat and easy to navigate until you reach the midway point. Once you hit a boulderous section (where you also get a viewpoint of the summit) is where it picks up a bit. Past this point you will navigate over a a few streams and meander through a densely populated tree section where the incline continues to gain
Once you’ve made it through the woods the incline continues and eventually to the base of the summit. This base is very steep but nothing impossible. As you get closer to the summit, a 4 point contact zone (both hands and feet) will be apparent, where you will be scaling up some granite faces to the top. For the avid hiker, it’s a fun easy scramble, but for the unconditioned, a bit of a gruel.
How long is the hike?
Hogback is about a 2.8 mile in and out hike. If you take the Hogback Mountain North trail, it is around 3.2 miles. Depending on your pace and ability, you can get the hike done quickly but if you are being casual and taking photos, expect around 2 hours.
What to bring on this hike
Because all hikes vary due to seasonality, bring the basics of that season. For all seasons outside of winter include: Water, snacks, sunscreen, bug repellent, camera. For winter: Crampons, water, snacks, gloves and probably snowshoes if it’s a heavy snowfall.
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After you’ve conquered Hogback, head over to Lake Superior to cool off or over to Sugarloaf for another peak. If your legs are torched and food/beverages are the name of the game, go find one of Marquette’s Breweries and eat at the taco truck that’s probably parked outside. If you need something else like a proper sit down, check out these food options that will satisfy just about anyone’s cravings.
Need more hiking ideas while in Marquette? Here are some of my favorites in the area. Want to see and do more while you’re here? Contact me for Marquette tours or for a photo tour.
Until then, see you out there on the trails or somewhere else in the world! Thanks for reading