Ready to ride? Whether you're a beginner or an expert, Marquette County has the perfect paths or trails for you to craft your ideal route. Here are some of our top recommended springtime bike rides.
Iron Ore Heritage Trail
The Iron Ore Heritage Trail (IOHT) offers a cross-section of Marquette County’s scenery, history and culture. It gains (or loses, depending on which direction you’re going) about 1,000 feet of elevation, hitting the county’s low point at Lake Superior and one of its higher points near Ishpeming. It acts as a backbone to other trail networks and passes through the heart of Marquette, where riders can take a pit stop (or a pint stop) at one of the many restaurants or breweries in the area.
Marquette Multi-use Path
This 17-mile city path is suitable for any skill and fitness level as it never gains or loses significant elevation throughout the ride. The Multi-use Path has multiple spurs and loops but also includes a flat, paved stretch along the city’s shoreline. The perfect path for a ‘Sunday afternoon ride’ type vibe.
Ride miles of trail in Marquette County’s West End, which has been completely hand-built (no machines) over the decades by grassroots trail organization Range Area Mountain Bike Club (RAMBA). The system is a Bronze Level IMBA Ride Center with trailheads throughout the Iron Range.
North Trails Loop
If you’re new to Marquette’s MTB trails, we introduce to you - the North Trails Loop. Part of the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN), the route technically starts at Marquette Board of Light and Power, but a lot of locals prefer to access it right from Tourist Park. With IMBA trail building technology this “new school” trail incorporates waterfalls, dams, bench cuts, berms and bridges.
Morgan Creek Loop
Morgan Creek Loop, also known as the Green Loop is part of the NTN South Trails. The loop starts on Carp Eh Diem, a trail that rides smoothly along the edges of the Carp River. Expect climbs, contours, and scenery along this long, curvy singletrack—paired with sparse rock, sizable berms, and decent descents.
Friendly Reminder: Spring weather can change quickly - if a trail is wet/snowy or muddy, please refrain from riding to avoid damaging the trail.
Check the current conditions for NTN Trails here: noquetrails.org/trail-reports