East Marblehead Loop

Drummond Island, Michigan (Chippewa County)

Last Updated: 11/18/2020
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 1.21 miles
Highest Elevation: 697 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Drummond Island
Nearest Town w/ Services: Drummond Island
Official Road Name: East Marblehead Road
Management Agency: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
District: Drummond Island Management Area


Highlight: East Marblehead Loop
Drummond Island contains 13 separate ecosystems, including this coastal marsh that gets inundated with water on a regular basis. Over the years, vehicles traveling through the water have created obstacles and muddy pits throughout this trail increasing its difficulty. Now this little over a mile loop is a test of a rig, their driver, and in some cases their fortitude. If you are up for the challenge, or you just can’t resist a muddy mess, head out to the East Marblehead Loop and see if you can tackle it.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is on the west side of the intersection at the end of Stone's Throw.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Drummond Island, Michigan

From the Drummond Island Visitor Center drive south on S Townline Rd towards M-134 W for 125 ft. Turn left onto E Johnswood Road and follow for 7 miles. Turn left onto Kreaton Road for 0.7 miles to Glen Cove Road and turn right. Travel for 6.7 miles to Marblehead Road. Take Marblehead Road to Waypoint 9 at 3.6 miles to the trailhead for Stone's Throw. Follow that for 0.8 miles to the trailhead.



Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
So here's a secret, I actually liked this trail (don't tell the wife)... just after getting stuck and then not having a reliable winch for the remainder of the trail made it nerve-wracking. We got stuck at waypoint 4, even with a 2.5 lift and 35-inch tires, I was turtled as soon my front tires went into the water. I'll add some video here of that moment. I am lucky that my winch was as waterproof as advertised and lucky that the control box was out of the water (barely). I was able to safely strap to a tree and self-extract but later inspection found muddy water in my intake, I'm very lucky that I didn't hydrolock. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THIS PART OF THE ISLAND. This marshy trail is a vehicle killer and in hindsight, I'd probably not do it again without a crew of folks with me.

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JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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