|Oberg Lake and the Superior National Forest from the Oberg Mountain Trail, September 2009|
This weekend will be one of the busiest and most beautiful of the year on the North Shore, as the autumn color show is at its peak and the weather forecast is fine. While thousands will head for the state parks, those in the know will head for the Superior National Forest…whether they know it or not.
Most of the Superior Hiking Trail east of Tofte is in the Superior National Forest. Favorite fall color hikes like Oberg and Leveaux mountains are in the National Forest, and so is most of the Lutsen gondola hike.
The Superior National Forest promotes great automobile tours for fall colors, including this guide for the North Shore. They have four different drives to recommend, including the Moose Drive up toward the Cramer Road and the Maple Leaf Drive that loops behind Carlton Peak through the heartbreakingly beautiful maples of Heartbreak Ridge.
The forest also maintains a whimsical fall color conditions report . In the latest edition, they let Winnie the Pooh suggest:
If you can’t make it up the shore and are stuck at your computer, tap into the National Forest’s Flickr photostream of current fall colors.
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