Snow Biking in Marquette!

In addition to the featured snow bike route in South Marquette we have several other places that provide usually excellent bike conditions. Our North Marquette Trails can be easily accessed from several points in town and offer a mixture of singletrack, cross country ski trail and a little road. The singletrack trails here are not snowmobile groomed, so require a little higher degree of skill, but they also give you a more intimate in the woods experience– this is the section of trail that was shown at the beginning of the first ‘Cold Rolled’ video– the trail right along the river by the waterfalls. You can make a good 10 mile loop here with ~6miles of singletrack, 3 miles of ski trail and ~1 mile of lightly used paved county road. The singletrack portion is all signed, but I would definitely check in with a shop to get good directions if you want to do the whole loop.

Other riding opportunities include the trails 5 miles north of Marquette at the Harlow Lake State Forest; again these trails see enough foot traffic to make them very rideable for most of the winter. Conditions may also be good to venture out onto one of the area beaches and onto the shore ice. Also, just 20 minutes up the road in Ishpeming, the bike group there is working to replicate the ‘Marquette Experiment’ and is also grooming a 10+ mile loop just for biking which is getting very positive reviews from locals- I’m not personally familiar with the trail yet.
Several cross country ski areas are also available for biking- the Marquette Fit Strip (in town), the Al Quaal Rec Area in Ishpeming, and portions of the NTN Trail Network just outside of Marquette.

Finally if you want to stoke your competitive snow bike fires, the Noquemanon ‘Snow Bike World Championships’ have 50 and 25km races on Saturday/Sunday Jan 25/26. They run on cross country ski trails through some incredible terrain, much of which is open for public recreation only on these days.