Upper Peninsula Hiking: Hike Sugarloaf Mountain Now 2021

New to the Upper Peninsula Hiking scene? Looking for one of the best hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Look no further. Marquette’s Sugarloaf Mountain is the perfect hike for any and everyone looking to get the most out of their day in the UP. If you’re here for the fall foliage consider yourself lucky and if you aren’t, consider yourself blessed.

Getting to Sugarloaf Mountain

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Sugarloaf Mountain is located in Marquette, Michigan. Marquette is one of the major cities in the Upper Peninsula and has a tremendous variety of outdoor activities to choose from. With the amount of hikes Marquette offers, Sugarloaf will check all the boxes for your day on the mountain.

Follow highway 550 out of town for about 10 minutes to get to Sugarloaf Mountain. Sugarloaf is one of the best hikes that requires little energy to venture too. 

The easiest and most direct route is head north towards Presque Isle and make a left onto Big Bay Rd. Once you have hit Big Bay road (550)  you will follow that for a few miles and find the parking lot on the right side of the main road.

2021 UPDATE: There are now 2 parking lots that service Sugarloaf. The first parking lot leads directly to the easy route, whereas the second (original) parking, lot lets hikers choose between easy/difficult route.

Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain

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Sugarloaf Trailhead/Route Choice

The Sugarloaf Mountain Trailhead is adjacent to the parking lot. When you begin the hike there are two routes to choose from. Easy and Difficult. These routes will connect to a main fork in the trail halfway up the mountain 


  • Easy Route – Easy with stairs leading to a fork with more stairs
  • Hard Route – Easy but no stairs until the main fork in the trail

The beginning of the trail is the most scenic besides the summit. The difficult trail provides a nice canopy of trees and a steep ascent that eventually becomes a mild and gradual climb. The easy trail leads you up an elevated set of stairs that eventually connects with the hard trail.

Coming from the difficult route, the second part of the hike is when you hit the trail fork. You will see a trail split (including signage) after a bit of a flat section. When you see this, go LEFT and follow the stairs up the mountain. You will continue on these stairs and then a few other sections of stairs until you have arrived at the summit.

YES! Finally, the summit. For those hiking this trail who are in good physical shape should expect this trail too take about 20 minutes to the summit. Maybe even less if you’re moving at a good clip. The summit has three different platforms that provide you with some unbelievable views of Marquette and Lake Superior.

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Sugarloaf Mountain Hiking Recap

  • Hike Time: 20 minutes up and about 10 down
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Scenery: INCREDIBLE from summit
  • Seasonality: Open Year Round 
  • Access: VERY accessible
  • Parking: Plenty but can get crowded on weekends
  • Crowds: BUSY on weekends
  • Alltrails Map

Sugarloaf is one of the most popular and hiked trails in Marquette. The hike is short, scenic and close to town. The access to the trailhead is adjacent to the parking lot and the elevation gain to reach an unbelievable summit, is a piece of cake. This hike is great for everyone but especially welcoming to beginners.

More Upper Peninsula Hikes to NOT Miss

If you have any other Upper Peninsula hiking recommendations I would love to hear about them. If you want to know about more amazing hikes in the area, read my Best Hikes in Marquette piece to get yourself up to speed. The Best part about them is that they are very close to one another and can be done in one weekend!

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Work up an appetite after a long drive or hike? Here are some restaurants that you should check when coming to Marquette. Need to find the best cup of coffee in town? Here are some of Marquette’s Best Cafes . For all those visitors who need more, contact me here directly if you would like a 1/2 day tour or a one hour photo session. I look forward to seeing you in Marquette or somewhere else in the world.

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