Location: Big Bay Road (CR-550), Marquette, MI

Distance: 1.4 miles

GPS Coordinates: 46.603166, -87.459901 / 46° 36’ 11.398”N, 87° 27’ 35.644”W

Fee: none

Operating Hours: Sunrise to Sunset. Year round

Amenities: Parking lot, observation decks. NO restrooms or drinkable water at the trailhead.

Pets: Dogs allowed on a leash.

Cool Features: Century old trees, rock outcroppings, staircase on final ascent, unbelievable


Nearest Town: Marquette, MI


  • From downtown Marquette: Get there by taking Washington Street to Fourth Avenue.

Turn north onto Fourth Ave., which becomes Presque Isle Ave and drive .4 miles to

Hawley Street. At Hawley Street, turn west (left). Hawley becomes CR 550. Drive

about 4.0 miles on Hawley Street/CR-550 to the parking area. A sign that reads

“Sugarloaf Mountain” marks the parking area and is easily visible from CR 550.


At the summit is a stone obelisk erected long ago by Boy Scout Troop 1 to

commemorate their assistant scoutmaster Bartlett King. King had helped to establish

the local troop, which is one of the claimants of first Boy Scout Troop in the U.S. He

later fought and died in World War I and his troop members construct a memorial that

his mother could see from her home on Marquette’s Arch Street.

There is a trail marked “difficult” which is shorter, but a much steeper hike. The other

one marked “easy” is longer, but has a gentler slope.