In Marquette, Five Recommended Bike Rides
Are you ready to take a ride? Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned hiker, we offer the ideal routes or paths for you. Some of our favorite spring and summer bike trips are included below.
LOOP OF THE NORTH TRAILS
The North Trails Loop is a great place to start if you’re new to Marquette’s MTB trails. The trail, part of the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN), begins at the Marquette Board of Light and Power, but many locals prefer to access it from Tourist Park. This “new school” trail features waterfalls, dams, bench cuts, berms, and bridges built with IMBA trail building techniques.
LOOP AT MORGAN CREEK
Morgan Creek Loop is part of the NTN South Trails and is also known as the Green Loop. The loop begins on Carp Eh Diem, which runs parallel to the Carp River’s edge. Along this long, curving singletrack, expect climbs, curves, and vistas, as well as scarce rock, large berms, and great descents.
TRAILS OF RAMBA
Ride miles of trail in Marquette County’s West End has been developed entirely by hand (no machines) over the years by the Range Area Mountain Bike Club (RAMBA). The system is an IMBA Bronze Ride Center with trailheads throughout the Iron Range.
HERITAGE TRAIL FOR IRON ORE
The Iron Ore Heritage Trail (IOHT) showcases the environment, history, and culture of Marquette County. It climbs (or descends) roughly 1,000 feet in height, passing through the county’s lowest point at Lake Superior and one of its highest points in Ishpeming. It connects to other trail networks and runs through the heart of Marquette, where riders can stop for a pit break (or a pint stop) at one of the area’s many restaurants and breweries.
MULTI-USE MARQUETTE PATH
This 17-mile city trail is excellent for riders of all abilities and fitness levels because it never gains or loses substantial elevation. The Multi-use Path features a flat, paved stretch along the city’s shoreline, as well as numerous spurs and loops. This path is ideal for a ‘Sunday afternoon ride’ vibe.