This fall Minnesota has experienced one of the most spectacular fall color display I have ever seen. The leaves peak hit a little earlier than normal but did not disappoint! If you haven't made a trip north yet this season, there is still time to see some of the colors. Don't wait too long or you will miss them!
A couple highlight stops to hit include, Bean & Bear Lake, Oberg Mountain, and Palisade Head.
Bean & Bear:
This magical spot is part of the Superior Hiking Trail. It's roughly a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked in and out trail. The weekends tend to be a little busier but when I went on a Wednesday, there weren't too many other hikers. It's located near Silver Bay and has stunning views of Lake Superior and the town in the beginning of your journey to Bean and Bear Lake. There are a few smaller lakes along the trail, so don't be fooled thinking this spot was overhyped!
This hike is also part of the Superior Hiking Trail located near Tofte, MN. The loop is roughly 2.5 miles and was much busier, especially for a Tuesday! However, as you can see from the image below, it was well worth running into other nature lovers along the way. I met a lot of people from different states that had never seen any fall colors before and couldn't get enough of the views. I must admit, I couldn't stop smiling at how beautiful it was myself.
This spot is just north of Bean & Bear Lake in Silver Bay. There's a parking lot at the bottom, but if weather permits make sure to see if there are spots available at the top unless you want a straight uphill walk. Palisade Head is a large rock formation that is worth the stop to check out, even if you are hiked out (there's not much walking if you are able to park at the top).
These were just three spots I thought were worth mentioning. If you have any questions about spots to check out or more information about the hikes, please feel free to reach out!
Until next time, get outside!