Ride an iron horse
The latest Upper Peninsula trend that is snowballing into popularity, promises to stick around. Fat tire biking has been described as a cross between riding a bike and riding a horse – and in big snow country, we don’t wait until spring to get back in the saddle!
Snow biking is a “cool” sport everywhere in the U.P., but Marquette is the fat tire bike hub of the Midwest with 60 miles of groomed trails and plenty of rental shops. Jump on the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) for updated conditions and a variety of singletracks to please casual riders to seasoned enthusiasts. Built with several styles ranging from flow, technical, jump, freeride, DH, dual slalom and kids/beginners, this trail system is one of two in Michigan and only 16 nationwide to receive EPIC Trail Status from the International Biking Association.
Nearby Harlow Lake Area offers four stunning views — Hogback, Top of the World, Sugarloaf, and Bareback. The technical riders in your group looking for a workout will thrive on this challenging terrain. These trails offer some of the most difficult technical riding in the Midwest. Get your thrills on trails built on rock outcrops with pounding technical climbs and steep, rocky downhills.
Beyond the Marquette Mecca of biking, be sure to carve out some time to pedal up the Keweenaw Peninsula. Marvel at glittering winter forests of evergreens in the Porcupine Mountains and glide along trails to see waterfalls frozen in place.
Get off the beaten path at the Copper Harbor Trail System at the top of the Keweenaw Peninsula, float along a trail that skims the Lake Superior coastline. Churn along gentle gliding trails or launch into soft powder to dial up the challenge.