Sugarloaf Mountain  LbNA # 1467

Placed DateAug 15 2002
LocationMarquette, MI
Found By Orange Otter
Last Found Jul 9 2017
Hike Distance?
Last EditedNov 11 2016

Terrain: Climbing a 315 foot hill, but with stairs to help.
Difficulty: Easy as long as you can handle stairs or modest
climbs. Family oriented. Dogs allowed.

Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the "must see" places on any trip to the Marquette area. A 20 minute climb through beautiful pine and birch forests brings you to a lookout with spectacular views of Marquette, Lake Superior, and the Huron Mountains. The two trails to the top (an "easy" trail-- with stairs, and a "difficult" trail-- shorter but steeper) are well-marked and well-maintained. Sugarloaf is on County Road 550, the road to Big Bay, about five miles northwest of downtown Marquette. There is a large parking lot at the base of the mountain.

From the parking lot, take either trail toward the top of the mountain. The two trails will meet about 2/3rds the way up for the final climb to the top. Where the two trails meet you will see a four-sided wood marker. Your search for the letterbox starts from that marker.

From the marker, look southwest toward a single staircase with about a dozen steps. Take that path. At the top of the stairs take the right fork of the "Y", continuing generally in the same direction. Continue along that main path until another path goes off to the left. At this point, you can take either path. Going straight ahead will have you edging down a small rockface, going to the left will take you down more gently and then will rejoin the main path at the bottom of the rock. Continue on the main path.

At the next fork, go left toward a large stone outcropping facing southwest. As you come out onto the outcrop, you will notice two trees on your left. One is a pine and the other, further to your left, is an oak. Past them are a tumble of boulders with cracks between them. You'll find the letterbox down among the boulders.
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