Noquemanon Trails Network: South Marquette Trails

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About this trail
This Trail Network is well known for having some of the best riding in the Midwest. There are 3 full loops that range in legenth from 5 to 7 miles over the rugged terrain. The blue loop (Mt. Marquette loop) is the most challenging with technical climbs and long, sometimes rocky downhills. The Red loop (Pioneer Loop) starts out with a long climb up the Benson Grade across the street, and then descends through the woods on a mixture of single and double track. Look for some amazing free ride trails on the Benson. The Yellow Loop (Carp river loop) starts out mellow with a good downhill section and then climbs up Marquette Mountain Ski hill. The descent rewards you for the challenging uphill with a great run down "Easy Rider" These Trails are managed by the Noquemonon Trail Network. Big ups to them for all of thier work.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I'd like to do the No Dab/Chunder Muffin and Scary/Baby Blue trails. Where are these trailheads? -budgetbiker

A: After more research I found that I need to take the Blue Loop counterclockwise from the parking area, take a left on Marquette Mountain Road (dirt) and continue either a short distance (No Dab) or ~half mile (Scary) to get to these trailheads.

budgetbiker answered on August 5, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: Can you camp on site? -Guest

A: I saw a few tents long the river and a few places for campfires today.

Guest answered on September 24, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Granny Gear

September 23, 2017
fuzzysb Granny Gear  
 
Review: I rode the majority of the south trails over two rides. I have to give them a great rating although I would really prefer to have a single track climb instead of the road up Benson's. The south network offers trails of varying technical difficulty so it makes no sense to rate it. Suffice it to say there are sections that will challenge most rider skill levels.

Similar Trail: Kingdom trails, Vt

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Granny Gear

September 14, 2017
 
Review: Wonderful trail system, lots of fun trails for the whole family.

Similar Trail: Ispheming

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Gramcounter


August 15, 2017
 
Review: These are really really really great trails. Rode the pioneer loop for the first time. The first stretch was a little more technical than I needed, but the rest was awesome. Flowy and fun and incredibly scenic.

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Granny Gear

July 6, 2017
 
Review: Excellent trail, well maintained and beautiful views

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Trailblazer

November 27, 2016
 
Review: Best trail system I have ever ridden. so much to do and see. EH line and Down Dogger are an endless amount of fun.

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Gramcounter

August 17, 2016
 
Review: Endless, Scenic awesomeness.
Great trail, very close to Copper Harbor in quality

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Doubletrack


August 10, 2016
 
Review: This is for the Freeride side of the mountain only. Lots of fun to be had here. Didn't have a lot of time but the jump trail was so much fun and well thought out. The trail Flow was more gnar then flow. Your Mom was a great challenge and ride. I rode a few others and had a great time. Can't wait to come back and explore more!

Similar Trail: Copper Harbor Trails

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Bunny Hop

August 10, 2016
 
Review: Amazing. Can go from bone rattling, to rock dancing, to root ladders, to sweepy flowy berm riding; all in the same ride. Definitely several days worth of riding. Locals told me the winter fat bike was outstanding.

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Gnarly


August 4, 2016
 
Review: Incredible system! To plan in advance, the following resources may be helpful:

Excellent map of Benson area downhill tracks that is also posted at the trailhead: http://marquettetownship.org/download/recreation_committee/recreation_maps/Benson_Area_2015_Final_11by17_Low_Res.pdf

Good video footage of most trails: http://trailgenius.com/trail-genius-map/south-trails-marquette-mi

...in addition to mtbproject.com if you like.

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Gramcounter


July 14, 2016
davdordun Gramcounter  
 
Review: Rode the green loop. Fun trail. Pretty tough and technical for maybe the first mile or so for a newbie like me. Trail went up,up,up with lots of rocks. After the initial tough part the trail smoothed out. An occasional root and short stout climbs were the norm. About half way through you will be treated to some river rapids and a waterfall. Very scenic ride. Almost crashed a couple of times because the scenery was incredible. Oh, also there are a couple of places were you have a nice straight, smooth downhill where you can really fly. My only complaint, and perhaps I am displaying my naivete, traffic was allowed in both directions.

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Noquemanon Trails Network: South Marquette Trails MTB Trail 4.87 out of 5 based on 35 ratings. 35 user reviews.
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