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    Addicted to Marquette

    I'm a Green Bay rider who has gotten bit hard by the Marquette bug. I was up there a few days last week and had a blast. Broke some stuff on the bike, and still have a sore shoulder from that unforgiving tree.

    Alas, I've already planned a return trip. It'll be brief, but will include a full day of riding. I had a local friend show me the South Marquette Trails last time I was up there. I was using Gorgeous as a warm-up, then riding the Pioneer, Mqt Mtn trail, and took a turn on your mom. My '07 HKEK wasn't really well prepared for your mom, but we still had fun.

    I'll be coming into town the evening of the 11th, staying overnight, and riding all day Sunday and heading home. I'm thinking of hitting the South Trails in the morning, and then stopping by Al Quall for an afternoon ride and then on to home. Is there anything in Marquette that I should absolutely change my plans for to hit up? Also, what is the access for the more difficult trails in the back of the park at Al Quall (or however the hell that's spelled).

    Bringing up a buddy I ride with all the time to show him the trails I've fallen in love with, and I'm sure there'll be trips every couple weeks now. Any local guidance on what should be explored, and what to watch out for is greatly apprecaited

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    a couple of thoughts...

    south trails are nice if you are not from the area. they are well marked, and maintained regularly. a good starting point. if you havent yet, make sure to check out the "harlow farms" loop...very sweet, and not yet over ridden. "no touch" trail is very cool, too. downside can be attitude of other cyclists that are members of the "groups" in town. boo. oh yeah, i think that lycra may be required in addition to the trail pass.

    heading west to al qual would be good...the trails out in ishpeming are amazing. best in the area, without question. lots of climbing and technical and lost of climbing...did i mention the climbing? a nice mix. the only bummer is that there are so many trails out there that youcan easily get lost. two weeks ago, there was an 8.5 hour ride in ishpeming. they rode all the snigletrack in ishpeming, with no repeats...that's a LOT of trail. the folks in ish are very nice. you won't have a hard time with them. no tril pass needed or requested.

    try and get your local friend to take you to the north side of town. trails there are less ridden in (eroded) and very technical. tons of fun, and you most likely won't run in to anyone. if you do, they are bound to leave you be...they wont ask you for a pass like the noquemanon police on the south trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelock
    I'm a Green Bay rider who has gotten bit hard by the Marquette bug. I was up there a few days last week and had a blast. Broke some stuff on the bike, and still have a sore shoulder from that unforgiving tree.

    Alas, I've already planned a return trip. It'll be brief, but will include a full day of riding. I had a local friend show me the South Marquette Trails last time I was up there. I was using Gorgeous as a warm-up, then riding the Pioneer, Mqt Mtn trail, and took a turn on your mom. My '07 HKEK wasn't really well prepared for your mom, but we still had fun.

    I'll be coming into town the evening of the 11th, staying overnight, and riding all day Sunday and heading home. I'm thinking of hitting the South Trails in the morning, and then stopping by Al Quall for an afternoon ride and then on to home. Is there anything in Marquette that I should absolutely change my plans for to hit up? Also, what is the access for the more difficult trails in the back of the park at Al Quall (or however the hell that's spelled).

    Bringing up a buddy I ride with all the time to show him the trails I've fallen in love with, and I'm sure there'll be trips every couple weeks now. Any local guidance on what should be explored, and what to watch out for is greatly apprecaited

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    Thanks for the info

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    i mentioned to someone else to stop in the local bike shops...they're more than happy to point you in the right direction for some trails.

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    Yeah. I spent more than enough of my vacation money at QSBS last time I was up there :P

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    Thanks, We appreciate that. We always do our best to point our guests in the right direction to find all the sweet spots. Stop on in if you are in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QSBS
    Thanks, We appreciate that. We always do our best to point our guests in the right direction to find all the sweet spots. Stop on in if you are in the area.
    haha, you guys are on here? i just put one of your stickers on my bike this afternoon!

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    Nice stuff ill be looking into these trails for the future im from the east part of the U.P and looking for some new trails to ride. Glad you had fun in marquette it is truly beautiful over their, you might even enjoy the copper country and brockway mtn area ive been wanting to head up their for awhile now don't know jack about the trails though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QSBS
    Thanks, We appreciate that. We always do our best to point our guests in the right direction to find all the sweet spots. Stop on in if you are in the area.
    It had looked like just a single day of riding, but now we've freed things up to stay through Monday Probably going to stop by then just for its and giggles...and what, stickers?

    I'm really excited about some killer new parts that went on this week. New fork, casette, chain, front mid/big rings Just don't want to bail until the final day. Had to get x-rays done of the shoulder from my last trip. It's all okay, but still not doing so well more than two weeks later :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelock
    It had looked like just a single day of riding, but now we've freed things up to stay through Monday Probably going to stop by then just for its and giggles...and what, stickers?

    I'm really excited about some killer new parts that went on this week. New fork, casette, chain, front mid/big rings Just don't want to bail until the final day. Had to get x-rays done of the shoulder from my last trip. It's all okay, but still not doing so well more than two weeks later :P
    mqt general is a good spot for x-rays

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    Quote Originally Posted by QSBS
    Thanks, We appreciate that. We always do our best to point our guests in the right direction to find all the sweet spots. Stop on in if you are in the area.
    I second stopping in at QSBS! Always friendly, have time for you and do not pressure you to buy something or ignore you if you are just looking or want trail info! They even offered some advice on my Giant Ranier while I was there! (They don't sell Giant)

    And besides anyone who links to Blue Bike Burrito can't be bad!
    (If your in Mariette, you HAVE TO eat at Blue Bike!)

    And as to Ishpeming, I was just there yesterday and took the Trance with me, but did not have enough time to hit a trail....
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    Anyone care to guide Al Quall next time I come up? That was a total f-show. I hit a hidden section of single that ended up being amazing, and ended up into a residential area, but that was the highlight of the park there. Olympic was horrible doubletrack mottled with brief sections of good single, and I just didn't have much left in me to explore more beyond that. I see that there is probably some great trailt here, but you must have to know how to find it.... sad.

    Otherwise, great trip. Good riding at south trails, north trails, and aq was okay too. Big bummer when my saddle bag broke open on the highway and my brand new cb multi tool, pedros, and tube disappeared forever Other than that, no accidents or injuries, and great times had by all. Thanks to Marquette for showing me a good time yet again.

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    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I'm heading into the area the first week of August from Boulder, CO and will get to do a day or two of biking. My plan is to hit the South Marquette trails since I know how easy it is to get lost in the UP without good signage.

    I'm very curious if there is a trail I should hit on the north side of town somewhere near Buckroe/Sugarloaf. I used to spend a lot of time as a kid at a family place in the area (on the south edge of the Granite Loma property) and I'd love to get a new perspective on the area from a MTB. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    I know I live in a MTB mecca, but I must say I'm super stoked to ride Marquette!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBOC
    Sorry to hijack the thread, but I'm heading into the area the first week of August from Boulder, CO and will get to do a day or two of biking. My plan is to hit the South Marquette trails since I know how easy it is to get lost in the UP without good signage.

    I'm very curious if there is a trail I should hit on the north side of town somewhere near Buckroe/Sugarloaf. I used to spend a lot of time as a kid at a family place in the area (on the south edge of the Granite Loma property) and I'd love to get a new perspective on the area from a MTB. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    I know I live in a MTB mecca, but I must say I'm super stoked to ride Marquette!
    Jedi comes to mind... I haven't been there in years though. Maybe QSBS or other locals can confirm Jedi is still there and doing well? If it's not you could spend days riding all the south trails... they're incredible. Do not miss gorge-ous; it's brand new and damn good.

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...4_4555crx.aspx

    http://blindstoker.com/potluckmap.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeakJones
    Jedi comes to mind... I haven't been there in years though. Maybe QSBS or other locals can confirm Jedi is still there and doing well? If it's not you could spend days riding all the south trails... they're incredible. Do not miss gorge-ous; it's brand new and damn good.

    http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-st...4_4555crx.aspx

    http://blindstoker.com/potluckmap.aspx
    jedi and gorge-ous were still both up as of last fall

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    gorgeous is a great warm-up lap for the south trails. Just up the road from Sugarloaf there's a parking area on the left hand side for some lake...I forget the name. I had a local take me through some really great trail up there the last time I was up there, but I think you'd need a guide to get through it proper. Hopefully someone can show you around.

    Don't know when I'll get there next. Hoping for another trip in August, but might have to wait until September!!!

    Enjoy your time in MQT

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelock
    gorgeous is a great warm-up lap for the south trails. Just up the road from Sugarloaf there's a parking area on the left hand side for some lake...I forget the name. I had a local take me through some really great trail up there the last time I was up there, but I think you'd need a guide to get through it proper. Hopefully someone can show you around.

    Don't know when I'll get there next. Hoping for another trip in August, but might have to wait until September!!!

    Enjoy your time in MQT
    harlow lakes...great spot for trucks, wannabe rally cars, as well as some prime hiking and mtb'ing stuff.

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    september? PM me, i'll be up there this fall

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    North Trails

    From Clarks Gravel Pit I would recommend riding up the "Top of the World" Trail down "Jedi".

    These trails were part of the 12 hours of Potluck course that was just held in July. It's a 6 mile loop.

    Other trails on the north side are Songbird, BJ, and bareback.

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    How do you get about following these named trails over by north? I've never seen anything really for signage along the way. I have the Marquette area trail map that I snagged while at QSBS, but I don't recall those names.

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    North trails

    They aren't marked. The guys at QSBS can give you directions. Also, Down Wind Sports has group rides on Thursday nights and they hit these trails regularly.

    You can try finding maps of these trails by going to the KMK cycling club website or looking up 12 hours of potluck. Here's a link to a map.

    http://www.kmkcycling.com/event12hour.htm

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    thanks for the link. Looks like I definitely did the Top of the World, and Jedi. Songbird was not fun at all with all the sand. Good map to have.

    Heading back up again next week to feed the addiction

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    Still love it every time I go there. Glad I finally challenged myself to make it onto your mom. That was a real eye opener; unlike any trail I've ridden before. I had my fun, but had to take caution to avoid some of the jumps that were well beyond anything I've tried. Gives me good ideas though. Add to that a great stop at QSBS and a test ride of the Roscoe II, and I find myself thinking hard about the beautiful horizons of growing in a sport

    Thanks to all those around Marquette who make this such a wonderful place to visit

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelock
    Still love it every time I go there. Glad I finally challenged myself to make it onto your mom. That was a real eye opener; unlike any trail I've ridden before. I had my fun, but had to take caution to avoid some of the jumps that were well beyond anything I've tried. Gives me good ideas though. Add to that a great stop at QSBS and a test ride of the Roscoe II, and I find myself thinking hard about the beautiful horizons of growing in a sport

    Thanks to all those around Marquette who make this such a wonderful place to visit
    Awesome to hear. You should do the bike park at the ski hill sometime. I rip down the easier trails on my XC bike. Get plenty of funny looks from all the guys on their FR bikes. I'm just here to ride my bikes, not impress randoms. I honestly have never rode your mom/sister. I stick to the yellow and blue loops; as well as all the stuff in Ishpeming. I highly suggest hitting the new gorge-ous trail if you have not. Fun stuff; a lot of work went into that one. It's right at an intersection going uphill from 553 on the yellow trail, easiest access from the additional parking on 553 as you're leaving the valley heading north. This weekend should be fun if the weather holds... which it won't.

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    Just to follow up:
    I got in less riding than I expected, but I did have a ton of fun.

    1st day:
    Bruno's Run South of Munising. 10 miles of windy dark killer singletrack that goes by ~10 gorgeous lakes and a river. I was astounded by how sweet this trail was. Biggest highlight had to be cruising through the old growth hemlock forest where even though it was a bluebird day the forest was so thick that I had to take off my amber sunglasses. The breeze also caused a bunch of loud creaking through the older trees that was just outright creepy and super cool.

    Day 2 South Marquette Trails:
    Started on the red route. Little freeride spurs that were sick and way more of a sustained downhill flowy feel to the trail than I expected out of MI. I was really able to get a bunch of speed in a few sections.
    The blue route was a little bit washed out on the south side, but really started to shine when climbing through the gully with all the bridged stream crossings, and then the up and over to the parking that had all of the sidecut singletrack was spectacular.
    I also hit "Flow", which I thought was a bit short, but I was happy to see drops and technical features in MI.

    Overall I must say that my impression of the riding is extremely positive. I had just as much fun riding in MI as I do out in CO. The deep hardwood forests are a definite, and refreshing change in ecosystem to what I normally ride. The fact that you guys get to have purpose built trails where stunts are allowed gives you an leg up (although many areas like Curt Gowdy and Pueblo are coming around). Everyone should be proud.

    BTW, I was interviewed & photographed riding in the South Marquette parking lot by a local paper regarding the expansion of more trails into the hardwood reserve. I think I represented the cuase well, but I never saw the article online. If you saw it and comments from a fool from Boulder, that was me.
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