Fall colors away from Lake Superior, especially maples along the ridge lines, turn first with the birch and aspen providing a follow-up season of gold. Fall colors occur from early September through about the third week of October with maple colors peaking the last week of September into the first week of October. This is followed by the golden peak season.
Rainfall and temps affect both when the colors occur and how long they last, so it is variable each year. Starting Labor Day, I will provide weekly fall color reports with suggested tours each Thursday.
Get the update below.
2019 Fall Color Report, October 16th update
Can you say gale force winds? That’s what blew through this past weekend. Right along the shoreline, there was rain and spitty snow pellets, while inland snow accumulated, topping the 1-foot mark.
We lost a lot of leaves with the most remaining along the Highway 61 corridor and just inland. As the leaves drop, the chance to see animals and birds increases, so keep an eye out. Enjoy the remaining leaves, the quieter pace, the rushing rivers, the migrating geese, and the flash of white as the deer bound into the woods. It’s all good.
This is the final report of the season. Coming soon . . . the Snow Report.
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Last of the golds and yellows are pretty against the deep black-green of the pines. Fall colors right along the shore aren’t as showy as inland, but we compensate by having that massive blue lake to south. Nice!
Wind and rain in the past week stripped most of the maple, aspen and birch of their leaves. There are a few pockets of birch along the Gooseberry River and on the west side of the Sawtooth Ridge that were sheltered from the winds that still have some color. With recent rains the falls are still roaring. Capture the sound and power of the Gooseberry River at any of the falls. Fifth Falls trail on the west side has standing water and extremely muddy segment. It is recommended to hike up and back on the east side trail. Recommended hikes: River View Trail with its view of Gooseberry River valley. Bring a snack, water, hiking stick and don’t forget the camera to capture the views.
Take the 2 mile round-trip hike up to the top of Day Hill for a panoramic view of the lighthouse, Lake Superior, and the fall colors. Feeling energetic? Continue your way to Corundum Point for more fabulous views from the overlook. The Merrill Logging Trail is also a treat this time of year (4 mile round trip).
The show is mostly over, folks. Along the North Shore you’ll still find some golden birch and aspen leaves, but the maples are mostly done, inland.
After last weekend’s snow, the remaining leaves look quite pretty! But, we are past peak.
All the color is on thrgrouns. Well, the shoreline still has some nice golds, but otherwise it is past peak.
we are past peak with some nice birch and aspen, but mostly thinking about getting winter trails in shape before the snow flies [again].
The wild weekend winds blew most of the leaves off the hillside. Right in town, we’ve still got some golden aspen leaves. Peak is over, and our gaze turns to the big lake.
Hello, brown? How about, “Hello, white!”?
Mid-trail received about 13″ of snow on Saturday, so it is fair to say peak fall colors have passed.
What leaves remain are yellow, orange and falling quickly. These trees still make for a beautiful view of the Pigeon River.