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Level: Intermediate
Length: 40 mi (64.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +948/ -942 ft
Total: 213 riders

Mountain Biking Noquemanon Trails Network: South Marquette Trails

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#2 of 317 mountain bike trails in Michigan
#98 in the world

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.

First added by DjSmooth on Sep 13, 2008. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
The South Marquette Trail Network has multiple trail heads, but the most centeraly located one is on the east side of M-553 a few miles south of Marquette. Heading South out of Marquette, the trail head is on the left side of the road just after you pass Division street but before you get to the ski hill. There is a trail map at the trail head
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Rider questions

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

Q: Can you camp on site?
A: Rippling River Resort is adjacent to the NTN South Trails Trailhead. http://www.ripplingriverresort.com/