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North Trails Loop

 4.2 (6)

11.1 Miles 17.9 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

807' 246 m

Ascent

-791' -241 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

892' 272 m

High

614' 187 m

Low

Shared By Leslie Kehmeier

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A grand tour of the North Trail System; great introduction to Marquette mountain biking.

Leslie Kehmeier

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Overview

The North Trails Loop is a counter-clockwise tour of Marquette's North Trail System that features varied hardwood and evergreen forests.

Although the route starts at the Marquette Light and Power trailhead, it can also be accessed from Tourist Park.

Description

Starting from the Marquette Light and Power trailhead, ride out on the BLP Connector to Collinsville and turn right. Cross the bridge and then continue into the dark forest on The Cedars.

After crossing the boardwalk through tight trees, stay right on The Oxbow where you'll wind pedal along the still waters of an Oxbox Lake. Navigate a slow section through some tight trees and bamboo before spilling out onto the Noquemanon ski trail for a very short distance.

Stay right again to access EZ PZ. This part of the ride runs first through some tall trees along a hillside before rounding a rocky point and descending slightly to water level, heading east along the Tourist Park Reservoir.

EZ PZ then climbs slightly up through the forest again and then runs along a unique rocky ledge before descending quickly to the Tourist Park dam.

Stay left to loop back on the Noquemanon ski trail back to The Cedars, staying right at both intersections with The Oxbow.

Bear right again to get on Blue Heron. This part of the ride climbs up along a giant sand pit into the forest. After one quick descent, the route climbs again and then rolls over the top of a knoll.

Blue Heron descends gradually from here, winding around the back side of the sand pit and into a small, tight drainage.

At the bottom, there is a quick transition to climb again, crossing a power line cut before an extended climb up a steep side slope through lush forest to a viewpoint at the Blue Heron Overlook.

From here you'll roll out to access the Forestville Basin Road, staying left to ride around the reservoir and then turning left once you reach Forestville Road.

Ride this for just under a mile and look for the Collinsville trail on your left.

Collinsville is the longest trail in the Marquette North Trail System and a stellar way to finish the North Trails Loop ride.

Starting with a gradual descent on wide-open trail that floats back and forth, the forest eventually closes in as the banked trail becomes more featured with small rollers and berms.

Collinsville then winds around to the north into an intersection marked by giant trees stumps. Stay right here for a fast, fun and narrow descent down to the Dead River below the Forestville Dam.

From the bench, the route rolls up and down some technical rocky sections, over a bridge and then climbs slightly back onto loamy singletrack and the BLP Connector. Stay right here to climb the last bit and roll back out to the trailhead.

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Jun 9, 2018
Dan Harvala
7.6mi
Nov 6, 2016
Jake Larkin
15mi
Aug 9, 2016
Brad Robinson
Great ride beautiful trail 11mi
Aug 5, 2016
Kirsten White
Oct 27, 2015
Nick Shue
Jun 30, 2015
Jeremy Verbeke

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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When leaving end of Blue Heron - you can take the gravel Forestville Basin, but there is some marked/legal single track in the area. This extended the fun and dumped me back out on Forestville. Not marked on MTBproject yet. Do not miss the start of Collinsville - it's right of the gravel road there...if you do, it is worth riding back back up the gravel to do it dropping down. May 30, 2016

 
It's important to know just how poorly Marquette North trails are marked. There is absolutley nothing to help you, other than the above useful guide. There are blue marks on trees, but that can also mislead as the Noquemanon trail has them too and that's not the trail you want, really, it's not single track. Too bad Noquemanon hasn't marked these trails, signing the named sections, providing a few maps, as they do on the South Trails, having some arrows with bikes on them. We took a wrong turn heading counterclockwise right when EZ-PZ turns south to The Cedars. Unbeknownst to us, we got on the Noquemanon, then the North Country Trail. The North Country Trail is, it turns out, listed as part of the North Trails mtn bike trails. But I asure you it is absolutely shit and should never be ridden--and it won't be if you try; you'll be walking as it's super super technical--not to mention it takes you away from this loop and you'll have no idea where you are. If you ride the North Trails, and you're not from the area, I recommend taking a compass and charging your cell phone. Enlarge the above map, print it and compare your GPS position to the map when unsure. DO NOT cross the TRAIN TRACKS at any point on this ride! Did I mention to stay off the North Country Trail--unless you're hiking--because it's dog shit inside of cat shit? Aug 2, 2016
All trails West of BLP trailhead are awesome. Additionally, the new West extension on the Bancroft Furnace Trail to the Forestville Campground is excellent! Oct 2, 2017

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