Sugarloaf Mountain: A Short Hike to an Amazing View

Michigan is home to hundreds of great hiking trails to explore – many of which offer spectacular views to enjoy along the way. Today, native “Yooper” Jesse Land takes us on a journey through Sugarloaf Mountain in Marquette, which he thinks rewards hikers with one of the best views in Michigan.

Marquette is full of excellent hikes and beautiful views. One shining example is Sugarloaf Mountain. The trailhead for Sugarloaf is just a few miles from downtown Marquette, the turnoff from county road 550 is well marked, and it’s a relatively quick hike to the top where you’re rewarded with one of the best views in the Upper Peninsula.

The Hike to the Top

On a recent hike, my first time to Sugarloaf Mountain, two friends and I took the “difficult” route and made it up in about fifteen minutes. There’s an optional “easy” route with a tamer grade that takes a little longer, but both paths up the mountain do require a extra care as rocks and roots stick out of the ground along much of the path.

Most people come to Sugarloaf for the view, but the forest canopy that envelops the trails is worth mentioning. With century old trees and ancient rock outcroppings, this trail reminds me of a few of the better hikes I’ve done in the rainforests of Australia. It really is a gorgeous area.

As we approached the top, the dirt trail switched to a series of wooden stairs that brought us up to the viewing area. At the top we were rewarded with a stunning view of Lake Superior, Marquette, Presque Isle Park and Little Presque Isle as well as Hogsback Mountain and the large swath of forest between Marquette and Big Bay.

Photo courtesy of Crag Grabhorn @ Chalet Press

The Stone Monument

Also at the summit is a stone obelisk erected long ago by Boy Scout Troop 1 to commemorate their assistant scoutmaster Bartlett King. King had helped to establish the local troop, which is one of the claimants of first Boy Scout Troop in the U.S. He later fought and died in World War I and his troop members wanted to construct a memorial that his mother could see from her home on Marquette’s arch street.

Three Observation Decks

As we stood there, about 1,000 feet above sea level, I was impressed with how much work has been put into this viewing area. Three viewing platforms situated atop Sugarloaf Mountain offer three slightly different vantage points. The first observation deck faces southward toward Marquette and offers a view of the Superior Dome, the Upper Ore Dock and Presque Isle Park. The second deck faces northward toward Wetmore Landing and Little Presque Isle island. And the third platform faces westward and offers a great view of Hogsback Mountain.

After the Hike

After our hike we opted for a late lunch in downtown Marquette, but deciding where to eat was no easy task as Marquette County is filled with excellent dining options, not to mention being home to four of the thirteen Upper Peninsula Breweries.

Getting There

Sugarloaf Mountain is located about six miles north of downtown Marquette on CR 550. Get there by taking Washington Street to Fourth Avenue. Turn north onto Fourth Ave., which becomes Presque Isle Ave and drive .4 miles to Hawley Street. At Hawley Street, turn west (left). Hawley becomes CR 550. Drive about 4.0 miles on Hawley Street/CR-550 to the parking area. A sign that reads “Sugarloaf Mountain” marks the parking area and is easily visible from CR 550.

Have you been to Sugarloaf Mountain? What did you think?

This blog post was written by Jesse Land on behalf of Travel Marquette Michigan. Marquette County is home to some of the best hiking, biking, motorcycling, beaches, breweries and restaurants in the Upper Peninsula. Learn more about beautiful Marquette County at www.travelmarquettemichigan.com.

Pure Michigan June 2013 Fan Photos

Happy July! Summer is officially here in Pure Michigan! Since everyone has been out enjoying the warmer weather, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite photos from June. Below is a gallery of just some of the stunning photos that our Pure Michigan Facebook community shared with us last month. See more on the Pure Michigan Flickr page.

Which photo from June is your favorite? If you have a photo to share with us, visit the Pure Michigan Facebook page and post it there.

 

From Our Community: 29 Must-Do Activities in Pure Michigan

In honor of Leap Day (February 29th), we asked fans on our Facebook page what they would include on a list of 29 must-do activities in Michigan.

In no particular order, here are 29 of our favorite suggestions. Thanks to everyone who responded!

 

  1. “Go to Frankenmuth and visit Bronner’s, swim in Lake Michigan” – Robin Lynn Humble
  2. “Visit the Tulip Time Festival in Holland in May.” – Karen Zuverink Heyboer
  3. “Ride across Lake Michigan from Ludington to Wisconsin on the Badger!! Visit House of Flavors in Ludington!” – Becky Davis
  4. “Kayak across Lake Huron to Turnip Rock!!” – Autumn Richards
  5. Traverse City, the bay, the wineries, cherry festival. Stay at the Cherry Tree Inn.” – Thomas Batzmarowsky
  6. “Sunrise side of the state! Visit the harbors in Lexington and Port Sanilac!” – Marianne Kern
  7. “Watch a U of M vs. MSU game, eat at Zingerman’s, and fall asleep on the lawn in the Diag. You can’t do that anywhere else in the world!!” – Lisa Robinson
  8. “Definitely….Tunnel of Trees just north of Petoskey! :)” – Donna Ryan-Shyrock
  9. “Make your own snowshoes at Ludington State Park.” – Kristi Kiki Dunigan
  10. “Visit Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Visit any of our wonderful lighthouses. See Pictured Rocks and Tequamanon Falls. Visit Hartwick Pines.” – Ric Booth
  11. “Climb Sugarloaf Mountain near Marquette on a clear day, and take panoramic photos.” – Lisa Guenther
  12. “Definitely Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!” – Ruth Snyder Wass
  13. “A short drive to Grosse Point Pier. Just beautiful on a sunny day!” – Brian Williams
  14. “Have a cinnamon roll at the Hilltop Restaurant in L’Anse! By the way, this “cinnamon roll” could feed a family of four…..hahaha” – Laurie Napp VanHorn
  15. “Driving on the M-22 Coast!” – Amy Kozlowski Murrin
  16. “Wade in every great lake. I have just one more to go! Lake Ontario!” – Amanda Marie Wilk Ames
  17. “4th of July fireworks show in Bay City. 50th anniversary this year…bigger and better show than ever before!” – Mike Metzler II ‎
  18. “Frankenmuth and of course attend a Wings game!” – Jill Stern
  19. Keweenaw Peninsula….breathe the cleanest, freshest air in Michigan.” – Christa Larson-Bazzi
  20. “Visit a Michigan winery — yum!” – Julie Dean Wingett
  21. “Go to the Ann Arbor Art Fair. A treat for all the senses.” – Felicity Gologram
  22. “Get your vote in at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids!” – Erin Barkel
  23. “Go to Charlevoix and listen to music in the park” – Noah Muszall
  24. “PLAY GOLF!!!!” – Jason Leonard
  25. “Attend the Woodward Dream Cruise.” – Nancy Perkins
  26. Tahquamenon Falls! Hike there, snow shoe, ski, snowmobile. Whatever your pleasure you can do it all here in Paradise Michigan!!!” – Laurie Winkler
  27. Bells Brewery in Kalamazoo!!” – Emily Ferenc Powell
  28. “Lake Michigan sunset.” – Tom Fischer
  29. “Go to Mackinac Island!!! My favorite place in the World!!!” – Susan Senn