Sugarloaf Mountain

Short but sweet — this scenic hike is popular among locals and visitors alike, for good reason. Standing at an elevation of 470 feet, Sugarloaf Mountain in Marquette, MI offers a unique outdoor experience with its rocky terrain and Superior views.

A group of friends hiking down Sugarloaf Mountain surrounded by colorful fall foliage in Marquette, MI

The Trails

The half-mile trail is well-marked and takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to reach the top. Take the 'easy' way for tamer terrain or the 'difficult' route for a faster, steeper climb. Be prepared to step over rocks and roots. The climb includes multiple staircases and is rated "moderate" in difficulty. The rewarding sights, however, are worth the effort. 

A group of friends overlooking Lake Superior on an observation deck on top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Marquette, MI

Scenic Overlooks

The summit of Sugarloaf Mountain provides panoramic views from three observation platforms, each with distinct vantage points that offer a serene setting for nature watching and photography.

The south-facing observation deck offers views of the city of Marquette, showcasing landmarks such as the Superior Dome, the Upper Ore Dock, and Presque Isle Park

The east-facing deck overlooks the vast Lake Superior shoreline with views of Wetmore Landing and Little Presque Isle to the north. 

The west-facing platform provides splendid views of the Huron Mountains and Hogsback Mountain.

Activity Key

Hiking, Dog-friendly, Trail Running

Additional Resources

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