Marquette Palmer/Gwinn/Crossroads + ADD NEW ROUTE
23 in Michigan Michigan50 Miles
on August 1, 2009
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From Marquette take McClellan Ave South; this becomes C.R 553. You will drive past the ski hill and eventually come to a stop sign at the crossroads. From The Crossroads (where County Road 553 and County Road 480 meet) take a right on C.R. 480 heading West towards Palmer. Then turn left (South) on M-35 at the stop sign. Drive through Palmer; stop at the waterfall at the south edge of town if you wish. When you leave Palmer, the best part of the route awaits you; nothing but smooth, twisty, hilly, open road. Twenty miles later, drive through the town of Gwinn. On the East side of Gwinn take C.R 553 North back towards Marquette; (turn just before the B.P gas station on the east side of town). The first stop sign you reach is The Crossroads; go straight (north) to head back to Marquette or turn left (west) to do the loop again.
Best part of the route is between Palmer and Gwinn on M-35; Great wilderness scenery; a waterfall you can view from your bike seat at Palmer; fun twisty hilly road without a lot of traffic. You can see part of the Empire iron-ore mine near Palmer.
Smooth road; M-35 section very curvy and hilly.
There's a few restaurants along the way; a couple of DNR campgrounds. Palmer and Gwinn are both pretty small towns; Gwinn being twice the size of Palmer.
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