Upper Peninsula Travel: Marquette Hiking

Upper Peninsula Travel. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan 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 5 hikes that you should put on your list when visiting Marquette

Sugarloaf

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Upper Peninsula travel isn’t easy but Sugarloaf mountain is. Sugarloaf is probably the first and most talked about hike in Marquette. Close to town, quick, non strenuous but very scenic views. This hike doesn’t require much effort but the scenery will take your breath away. If you need somewhere to start your Marquette travel, make it this one. Be wary of timing on this hike because it can get crowded at the summit and on the trail. Read the full Sugarloaf Hiking Guide

Hogsback

Hogsback is like Sugarloaf but will take your breath away to reach the peak. Hogsback is another popular route but doesn’t see as much traffic as Sugarloaf. A much more challenging hike, Hogsback gets pretty tough near the peak where some sections do require 4 point stances. Highly recommend this one for anyone who wants more of a challenge than Sugarloaf.

  • Important reminder – Hogsbacks route can be confusing as the signage isn’t 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

Presque Isle is a lowkey gem. 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 when visiting and stop at the Blackrocks cliff jump, but hiking the loop is well worth your time.

Wetmore Landing Shoreline Trail

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

Dead River is far from Dead. This hike has a lot going on for it and I encourage everyone to take a trip here too experience it. Most of the hike follows the river with varying terrain. You will come across a few waterfalls and some impressive scenery. 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.

Marquette has so much more to offer other than just hiking. However, these hikes and many more should be done to get a better sense of the area and the beauty it provides! If you are looking for a post or pre hike Coffee, I highly recommend stopping into any of these cafes that I mention in my Marquette Cafes you need to try piece.

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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. If you are coming to the area now, make sure you check out my Chasing Fall Colors piece to see what you can expect with the unbelievable fall colors.

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