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Check out maples along the Superior Hiking Trail

Sep 10, 2017 07:53AM ● By Editor
By Sam Cook - The Duluth News Tribune - September 10, 2017

In its monthly newsletter, the Superior Hiking Trail Association offered a list of favorite fall-color hikes. Of course, all are along the 310-mile trail that runs from the Minnesota-Wisconsin border to near the Canadian border along Minnesota's North Shore.

Here are some suggested hikes for good maple colors, which should be peaking soon. Go to for directions to trailheads.

• In Duluth from the Becks Road trailhead parking lot to Ely's Peak and back, 1.8 miles total.

• In Duluth, from the parking lot at 40th Avenue West/Haines Road, hike the ridgeline southwest to the trailhead at Skyline Parkway/Highland Street, 5.6 miles total out and back. Or take the Brewer Park Loop, 3.4 miles.

• Magney-Snively Park trailhead in Duluth — hike southwest through the Magney-Snively old-growth maple forest to Bardon Peak area and back, 3.8 miles total.

• From Castle Danger trailhead, hike to Wolf Rock and back with great views of maple forests and Lake Superior, 1 mile total.

• Hike southwest, out and back, from the Penn Boulevard trailhead in Silver Bay to a great overlook of Lake Superior, 3 miles total.

• From the Minnesota Highway 1 trailhead north of Silver Bay, go northeast to climb the steep ridgeline to the Fantasia spur trail. Take the half-mile spur trail to the end and return the same way, 2.8 miles total.

• Take the Lutsen gondola to the top of Moose Mountain, see the blazing colors from the top of the mountain, and take the .8-mile SHT spur trail and then the 2.7-mile main trail back to the chalet for a total hike of 3.5 miles.

• Hike from the Caribou Trail (Cook County Road 4) trailhead parking lot south of Lutsen to Lake Agnes and along the lake, then climb to a dramatic overview of Lake Agnes at Hunter's Rock and back, 3.2 miles total.

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