If you’re doing a U.P. road trip, Sugarloaf Mountain is a top consideration for a stop to make!
The views are incredible, possibly some of the best in all of Michigan!
To get these Lake Superior views, you will be hiking up to the overlook, and there are stairs involved.
There’s a memorial at the overlook too.
Sugarloaf Mountain is located a little outside downtown Marquette.
So it’ll be ideal to do this hike if you’re staying in Marquette.
In all, you might give yourself about an hour at Sugarloaf Mountain. It is possible to do it more quickly.
And getting there
Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area, Marquette County
Right off the main road, you’ll see a parking lot with the sign Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area.
There’s also a small picnic area off to the side of the parking lot if you want to eat your packed food after the hike.
From the parking lot, you’ll see the hiking trail, and then you can get started!
You will see signs for the “easy trail” and “difficult trail.”
Either way, you will need to go UP. I guess the easy trail is more gradual, or is meant to not be as strenuous. If you are somewhat active back home, you will likely be fine on either trail.
Eventually both trails will merge. The final part of the trail to the overlook is a whole bunch of stairs.
And… you’ve made it to the overlook! It might take around 20 minutes to hike to the Sugar Mountain overlook from the parking lot.
Explore the Sugarloaf Mountain overlook area and enjoy the views of Lake Superior!!
And then once you’ve taken in the Lake Superior views, you can head back down!
And that’s a bit of what it’s like to hike to the Sugar Mountain overlook!
And for more things to do near Marquette, be sure to see this list of stops to make on your drive from Pictured Rocks to Marquette!
See more beautiful places to visit during your circle the UP road trip!
- Hidden gem in the Keweenaw Peninsula
- Pictured Rocks trail with waterfalls and colorful beach
- Pictured Rocks dune climb
- The bubbling Big Spring
- Best waterfalls to see in the UP
- Porcupine Mountains
- Lower Peninsula Mackinac Bridge view on your way up to the U.P.
Explore the Lower Peninsula too!
- Leelanau Peninsula (lighthouse visit)
- Sleeping Bear Dunes (U.S. national lakeshore visit)
- Muskegon State Park (lighthouse, beach, sand dunes!)
HAPPY HIKING SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN IN MICHIGAN!