South Marblehead Loop

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5/5 (3 reviews)
Drummond Island, Michigan (Chippewa County)
Last Updated: 11/18/2020
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Winding its way along the eastern shoreline of Drummond Island, Marblehead Road is a perfect taste of all the trails here. While driving through the dense forest there are deep muddy puddles, a few small rock obstacles, and then “The Steps at Marblehead” right before reaching the lookout. This is the only named obstacle and requires a good vehicle and driver to get down and back up. Marblehead sits a little over 100’ feet above the water and the limestone that makes up most of the island is exposed here, creating drama along this shoreline. This limestone is part of what’s known as the Niagara Escarpment, a natural rock formation that stretches for over 900 miles and is actually part of Niagara Falls. Do not miss the Steps at Marblehead or this trail in general, it really is a gem within the trail system.

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Trail Navigation

This straight-through trail connects Glen Cove Road to the Marblehead lookout. There are a number of deep mud puddles along the way and some rocks though the only major obstacle of note is at Waypoint 11. There are easier paths down this obstacle and most experienced drivers can navigate this trail easily with a solid 4x4.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (3)
Visited: 07/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Perfect sunny day and no one else around until I was almost back out. Special views and the trail had it all in challenges. Took some time at the steps with no spotter.
Trail Review: South Marblehead Loop - James P Corrigan
Trail Review: South Marblehead Loop - James P Corrigan
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/02/2020

Loved, loved, loved this trail! This was a great mix of technical stuff, some water, and that beautiful shoreline. On our way back the sun came out for a little bit and gave us some great views of the bay. I actually recommend doing this trail before the Marblehead Loop since that trail can really beat you up.
Trail Review: South Marblehead Loop - JD Marshall
Trail Review: South Marblehead Loop - JD Marshall
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/25/2020

This whole island is stunning! This trail was a lot of fun and ends at a beautiful scenic overlook at the lake. Highly suggest visiting the island! If you like a lot of water this area is for you!
Trail Review: South Marblehead Loop - Jen Marshall

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