Marquette is where I lay my head at night and is also one of the top places in the country to go mountain biking. From Lake Superior trails to Advanced gaps and banks, all bikers will find bliss when riding in Marquette. Here is the 2020 Marquette Michigan Mountain biking guide for all of you pedal pushers.

Beginners & Family Trails

Marquette Michigan Mountain Biking

Presque Isle is always the first place I tell people to bike around when they come to town. Scenic, easy to get to, easy to bike around, it’s one of the best places to roll on two wheels around, especially if you are looking for something simple.

Lakeshore Boulevard – Anywhere on Lakeshore Boulevard you will love. The path hugs Lake Superior and weaves in and out of lovely stretches of nature. The trail also runs into the heart of Marquette only 1 block away so it’s easy to start or stop there for whatever you might be looking for. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple ride.


North Trails are another lovely section of trails that Marquette has to offer. The terrain isn’t very challenging but beginners will definitely have some hiccups along the way with exposed roots and some rugged, rocky stretches. The trails run along the Dead River and are easily accessible and intertwined. MARKED VERY WELL with a high frequency of labeled Maps at major intersections.


South Trails are some of the most advanced in the area and will provide endless fun for those who need their daily dose of mountain action

Marquette Mountain Ski Hill is not operating this 2020. Although the shuttle service isn’t operating, the hill is still usable for curious and competent riders.

More Marquette Michigan Mountain Biking

Marquette Michigan Mountain Biking

There are plenty of other spots to ride but I haven’t included everything here yet. The places listed should scratch everyone’s itch, and provide more than enough riding for time being.

Marquette Michigan Mountain Biking Shops

Marquette has 5 bike shops within the county and if one doesn’t have what you’re looking for, I’m sure the next one does. Here are the shops you can poke your head into:

  • Sports Rack – Jim and the rest of the crew will get ya where ya need to be lickity split
  • Down Wind Sports – Todd and the rest of the team here are well versed and located right in the heart of 3rd Street
  • Lakeshore Bike – Jacob and crew are well equipped
  • Quick Stop Bike Stop – Next door to my favorite Food joint (Java Bay), your questions will be covered
  • West End (Ishpeming) – Spencer and family are all about getting you rolling sooner than later.

Bike Rentals in Marquette 2020

NO shops in Marquette are offering Bike Rentals with the COVID 19 pandemic. Quick Stop and Lakeshore used to but with surging demand and limited inventory, the script has flipped.

Winter Riding ***

Marquette Michigan Mountain Biking

Marquette’s riding doesn’t stop as the seasons change. The Fat Tire riding is almost as good or better than when the snow is off of the ground. This place gets cold, so pack accordingly and have your fat tire bike ready to roll.

Important Information to Remember

Marquette Michigan Mountain Biking
  • TRAILS ARE VERY WELL MARKED – Don’t worry you won’t get lost
  • Keep 6 ft distance amidst Covid
  • Parking Lots get busy, especially on weekends
  • A majority of the terrain is ADVANCED and pretty technical.
  • Hard tails & Full Suspensions will both handle well

More Than Marquette Michigan Mountain Biking

Marquette is an outdoors paradise. If you aren’t going to hit the trails with a bike, you can dive into a plethora of other outdoors activities. For those who want some ideas for the best of the best in the area,take a look at my Michigan Guides I’ve created, while navigating throughout the area.

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1 thought on “Marquette Michigan Mountain Biking: 2020 Guide

  1. Simply incrediab as the French would say. Could see myself investing in some serious equipment like Jon Jones. Peace Bro

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