Upper Peninsula Travel: Find Marquette's Amazing Hikes

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a stunning region that is easily one of the the most underrated parts of the United States. In this Upper Peninsula Travel guide we will look at the Best Hikes you can’t miss while in Marquette,MI.

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Marquette specifically, is a wonderland for travelers and outdoor adventurers. Isolation. Thick, dense forests. Rugged coastline. And Michigan’s favorite, lakes. Combining all these wonderful natural pieces makes for some pretty scenic hiking. 

Here are the 5 hikes that you should put on your list when visiting Marquette

Upper Peninsula Travel: 5 Marquette Hikes you HAVE TO Take NOW

Sugarloaf Mountain

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Upper Peninsula travel isn’t easy but hiking Sugarloaf mountain is. Sugarloaf Mountain is probably the first and most talked about hike in Marquette you will encounter. 

  • Close to town,
  • Quick
  • Non strenuous
  • Very scenic views.

This hike doesn’t require much effort but the scenery will take your breath away. If you need somewhere to start on your Marquette travel itinerary, start here. Be wary of timing on this hike because it can get crowded at the summit and on the trail.

Read the Hiking Sugarloaf Guide below:

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Hike Sugarloaf Mountain TODAY

Hogback Mountain

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Hogback Mountain is Marquette’s most challenging hike. This is also one of the best hikes in Michigan. Considerably more grueling than Sugarloaf, Hogback gets pretty tough near the peak where some sections do require 4 point stances. I highly recommend this one for anyone who wants a physical challenge

  • Important reminder – Hogback can be confusing as the signage isn’t always clear on what direction to go. If you have ALLTRAILS, I would use it to ensure you’re heading the right way.

Presque Isle Loop - Best Family Hike in Marquette

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Presque Isle Loop is the best family hike in Marquette. The 2.2 mile loop is very easy but incredibly scenic. The majority of the trail hugs the coastline giving hikers rewarding views and countless places for photo opportunities. 

Another nice part about the hike is that if you want to venture off the exterior, you can navigate into the interior and follow multiple paths that cut across rather than around the island. 

Most people drive the car path and visit Sunset Point and the Blackrocks cliff jump, but hiking the loop is well worth your time.

Wetmore Landing Shoreline Trail

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Wetmore Landing shoreline Trail to Little Presque Isle is an all around amazing hike. A very enjoyable coastline hike. This one is all about enjoying the rugged coastline of your Upper Peninsula travel experience. 

You will hug the coastline for the majority of the hike with no real major changes in elevation. This eventually runs into Little Presque depending on which way you go but it’s most certainly a very pleasant hike.

Dead River Falls - Best Waterfall Hike in Marquette

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Dead River Falls is far from Dead. Most of this Upper Peninsula hike follows the Dead River with varying terrain. The hike has 4 sets of waterfalls and is easily my favorite on a hot day. 

The beginning of this trail is a short but steep climb from the parking lot but don’t let it discourage you as the rest of the hike is a mix of flats and gradual ups and downs.

Things to Bring on any Michigan Hike

Michigan has some amazing hikes that definitely don’t get enough love on the national radar. Whether that be a good or bad thing, here are some necessary items that you should always bring with you on the trail in Michigan. 

Warmer Michigan Months 

  • Bug Spray – Don’t bother going on a hike when the dreaded bugs are out and about in the Mitten state. Hand swatting can only do so much, and it will also drain your energy. Bring repellant!
  • Water – This is a given. Bring it because you will definitely need it!
  • Plan – Text someone your location and how long you plan to be out.

Winter Hiking – Hiking in Michigan in winter can be an absolute joy but too make that a reality, you need to be prepared. Some days might dip below 0 so here are some things to always bring with you.

  • Water – Obvious but many folks seem to forget this when it gets cold
  • Gloves – Once your hands go, your whole experience is over. Bring some type of gloves or hand warmers to keep your fingers working.
  • Boots – Like gloves, a good pair of boots is more than required. Sure you can wear some running shoes, but once your feet are wet and cold, your day will be shortened considerably. 


Upper Peninsula Travel Guides and More

The Upper Peninsula travel list continues with great depth when you come to Marquette. Make sure to add all of these activities to your list when traveling throughout Northern Michigan. These are my TOP and favorite travel resources for Marquette Michigan:

Fall Colors Tour – Marquette is one of the best Upper Peninsula Travel destinations to experience peak colors during the fall


Great Lakes Surfing – Great Lakes surfers really come out to play when fall rolls around. Make sure to keep your eyes open for Marquette’s Surfer Dan.

Upper Peninsula Travel Tours and Contact

Do you have a favorite hike that didn’t make the list? Let me know as I still have some more hikes that I need to complete before seeing all of Marquette. Beer at Blackrocks is always a good idea too post hike!

Contact me here if you want to book me as your Northern Michigan Photographer


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