[updated by abkaiser on 10-9-2002]
LAND INFORMATION -
This land is privately owned by the ski hill. They allow climbers there with no problem, but camping is not allowed. From what I hear, though, there's a campground within 5 miles of the cliff. Call Down Wind Sports (see below) for more info.
CLIFF INFORMATION -
Cliff is about 80 feet tall, and has at least 10-15 routes. Difficulty ranges from 5.6ish to 5.10ish.
Primary use is toproping. There are some good overhangs here and there, a small crack route on the left. Harder climbs are to the right. Doing trad might be possible, but I'm not experienced in trad, so I can't say for sure.
Bouldering is possible all over this cliffside, but I was told better bouldering is on the right side routes.
You can get to the top of the cliff by walking around to the left (as you're facing the cliff). A path leads up to the top.
I was told that anchor setup is easy. Plenty of solid anchors (mostly trees). However, 1) Some of the routes (10-15%) may require you set pro for anchors, and 2) bring plenty of entra webbing, as the anchors are far back from the cliff edge (I was told to bring 50' feet or so of webbing).
FOR MORE INFORMATION -
A good resource is Down Wind Sports, located in downtown Marquette. They'll give you more information about this climb, as well as other climbs and campgrounds in the area, and can sell you a full range of climbing gear.
Their phone number is 906-226-7112.
Their address is 514 N 3rd Street, Marquette, MI, 49855.
Their hours as of 10-2002 are:
Open till 6PM M-TH.
Open till 8PM F-SAT.
Open till 4PM SUN.
Marquette Mountain is located just southwest of the city of Marquette. For exact location, see the GPS coordinates I've included above (that location puts you in the area's parking lot... The trail leading to the cliff itself is just past the parking lot, and branches to the left).
For those without a GPS, here are the directions:
1) Find your way to Michigan's Upper Penninsula.
2) Find your way to the intersection of 41 and 28 (this is just south of downtown Marquette).
3) Go south on 28 for 2-3 miles.
4) There will be a street named "Hampton". You can actually take many of the crosstreets West, but this is the one I used. Take Hampton (or any close street) West, and you'll find County Road 553 (CR553), probably within .5 mile.
5) Take CR553 South-ish for a few miles. Soon you'll pass a ski hill on the left. This is Marquette Mountain Ski Hill. We'll be heading to the back of the hill where the cliffs are.
6) Drive past the ski hill, keep going on CR553.
7) The road will curve to the left. Follow it. The landmarks we're looking for (both on the left) are a weird-looking house with a dome-like roof, and a large radio tower sticking out of the forest. Depending on season, the house may be hidden, but the radio tower will be visible.
8) Just past the radio tower, on the left, there will be a small dirt road leading uphill. Take this, and you'll be at the radio tower maintenance parking lot. Park here.
9) Get out of the car and continue past the parking lot. There is a trail leading to the cliff that branches off to the left. Take this trail for about a 5 minute walk, and you'll see the base of the cliff.