Sugarloaf Mountain, Marquette Michigan

Sugarloaf Mountain Marquette Michigan

What a glorious view!  That is what everyone in your party will say when you make it to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

When out of town I always make a point to ask a few locals: “What nature or landscape destination in your county is a must-see location that many people miss when exploring in your county?” I’m extremely happy that I asked the guy at the front desk of our motel because it took him two seconds to name two places.  This is one of the destinations.

Sugarloaf Mountain Marquette Michigan Hiking in Upper Michigan

Where is Sugarloaf Mountain Located?

The drive is an extremely short drive from downtown Marquette, Michigan on county road 550.

Location:Sugarloaf Mountain
Notes:Approximately a 20-minute moderate hike. Stairways & platforms along the trail.
Address:Six miles north of downtown Marquette, MI on CR 550
County:Marquette County
State:Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
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The trailhead has a parking lot that is well marked off of County Road 550.  We had no issues finding a parking spot in the early morning hours of our hike.  Although, mid-morning when we returned, the lot was full.

Hiking the Trail

Much of the inner trail is cover by exposed rock outcrops that have plants and moss covering them and growing in and around the fragments of rock that have broken off from the main outcrops.

There are well carved out dirt paths through a canopy of trees that wind through rocky and root covered pathways.

Two Paths To Choose From

There are two paths to chose from, the difficult and the easy.  We took the easy way up, and difficult back.  Neither was extremely difficult, the hike for either is under 20 minutes.

At the top are three wooden observation platforms, each providing its own view that overlooks Lake Superior, Marquette, Presque Isle Park, and Hogsback Mountain.

Each side of the mountain gives you a different view and you can walk out and stand on the rock outcrops.

Look For The Stone Obelisk 

The stone obelisk at the top honors the very first Boy Scout Troop. “For six decades it has honored a boy who at age 15 blazed a trail for the youth of Marquette and America, helping to set in motion the wheels of the first Boy Scout troop in the United States – a boy who in 1917 found himself a soldier at the age of 22. The monument was a tribute from his young scouting friends and dedicated to the only member of their tightly knit group who failed to return.” – Henry Bothwell  (Link to story)

Sugarloaf Mountain Marquette Michigan is a must stop for anyone that likes a short hike with one of the best views around.

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