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Hogback Mountain rises just to the north of Marquette, Michigan. It is one of the southernmost peaks in the remote Huron Mountain Range. Hogback offers one of the most difficult (in my opinion) hikes in Michigan. The peak rises 600 feet above the surrounding terrain but hikers will ascend much of that in the last 1/2 to 3/4 mile. This peak is unique in that its summit is mostly devoid of vegetation Its as close to an alpine environment as you can get in Michigan. Even though Hogback is located only 10 minutes from a town of 20,000 you will rarely find a crowd at the summit. Most people wandering north out of Marquette stop at nearby Sugarloaf Mountain which offers boardwalks and steps to the summit. Odds are you'll have to talk to a local to give you directions to Hogback as you won't find it in any brochure. In fact, many locals won't even know how to get there. That's the best part of Hogback Mountain, its solitude. From the rocky summit only a few buildings are distinguishable to the south while to the north is a sea of forests and hills unbroken by even a single road. The Huron Mountains encompass the most wild and rugged territory in Michigan. It is a region of low, yet surprisingly rugged mountains, swamps, lakes and high plateaus. The two prominent peaks are Arvon & Hogback. The majority of peaks in this area are unnamed and for the most part inaccessible. The region has become increasingly popular with climbers in the past few years for its numerous granite cliffs. The Hurons can be divided up into three ranges. The Arvon Range includes the highest peaks, Mount Arvon 1,980' and Curwood 1,979'. The Huron Mountains are located in the Upper Peninsula mostly in Marquette and Baraga Counties, overlooking Lake Superior.
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