Noquemanon Trails Network: South Marquette Trails

4.85 out of 5
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↑ 2,100 ft
↓ 2,300 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
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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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: I'd like to do the No Dab/Chunder Muffin and Scary/Baby Blue trails. Where are these trailheads? -sissypants

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.

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




Q: Can you camp on site? -Guest

A: Rippling River Resort is adjacent to the NTN South Trails Trailhead.

Michael J. Pryor answered on February 14, 2019. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (43)

Granny Gear

October 12, 2019
aproos Granny Gear  
Review: The signage on this trail system is beyond terrible. It needs to be better marked. The yellow trail especially.


August 14, 2019
Vince Call Gnarly  
Review: Large scale gas line construction project altering the trail system. Leaving portions of the system that has been iin the past easy to moderate closed. Found section wet, Muddy, from recent rains. Good deal of the difficult was just that!! Lots of roots , off camber rocks, all fine for expert level riders. Will wait for next year when construction is complete.


July 17, 2019
chilewings Gramcounter  
Review: Amazing trail network..plan your ride or just start riding and find your way back (trailforks helpful). Drains water well so even after a lot of rain the previous day, was tacky and perfect (with very few wet spots). This area has a little of everything from green loops to double black jump lines (not on the map, but marked appropriately on the trails). Sports Rack in Marquette has some great bikes for rent/demo and very helpful so recommend. Lots of parking options, tools available and even nice shady picnic tables and changing rooms at the main trailhead.....overall just amazing.


September 20, 2018
Review: Blown away by these trails. They have everything you could ask for. Mirror creek is pretty easy and so scenic. Can't wait to come back


July 27, 2018
Review: WOW! Such good trails tucked away in some of the Midwest's best topography. This place really has a trail for everyone. Gorge-ous contains stretches of idyllic, exposed singletrack. Those looking for more of a technical challenge should try the brutal tracks Southern Cross, No Dab, and Flow. Lastly, pristine flow trail can be enjoyed on Down Dogger, the Dual Slalom Course, or Eh Line. Whatever you choose, not a single trail will disappoint!

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July 27, 2018
Erlstn Gnarly  
Review: Great trails...very scenic and challenging. Definitely worth the trip


July 3, 2018
fuzzysb Trailblazer  
Review: I'm been lucky enough to ride in most every state of this great country and have experienced many great trails. Marquette stands up in terms of variety length and most of all fun riding. It's not real close to anywhere but worth the trip

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Bunny Hop

June 20, 2018
Review: Absolutely phenomenal riding here, there's so many trails throughout this entire system that it'd be near impossible to list. Everything from gnarly technical downhill runs to huge tabletops, some crazy big drops, and everything in between. Ride here asap.


September 23, 2017
fuzzysb Trailblazer  
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

Granny Gear

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

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Noquemanon Trails Network: South Marquette Trails MTB Trail 4.85 out of 5 based on 43 ratings. 43 user reviews.
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Feature Article
The "Other Trail," Appendix 3: South Marquette, Michigan
Five2Ride: 5 of the Best Mountain Bike Trails in Michigan