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Fall Color Report
Fall Colors :: mid Sep - mid/late Oct
Peak Colors :: late Sep- early Oct

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October 15, late afternoon shoreline

cascade lake

Golden tamarack

fall ship
Autumn bonus, we begin to see ships sailing closer to shore.

cascade river lutsen fall color
Regular rain throughout the season means a bonus of autumn waterfalls still rushing

lake superior north shore fall
Lake Superior is as glorious as ever

cedar autumn
Lots of gold out there; here in cedar leaves

23 October 2014
Past Peak, Last report of 2014

Intense blue skies, warm-ish days, blustery breezes, cool nights. What's missing? Most of the leaves. Fall colors on the north shore starts and ends with the understory and the occasional tree and we are at the end of the season.
The exception to this is the Tamarack trees, whose needles turn golden. Coming across stands of these trees at dawn or dusk is especially lovely as they appear to glow.

Nina's Suggested Tour
>> Drive Highway 61
>> Hike Gooseberry Falls State Park
>> Drive Stoney Point off Scenic 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors
details and maps here

What to expect along the shore
parks are listed from SW [near Duluth] to NE [near Canada]

Gooseberry Falls State Park reports
colors :: past peak
Peak color was last week and at least half our leaves have fallen, but there is still plenty of fall in the air and in the landscape! Follow the trail down the river to the lakeshore to see the contrast between fall color on the land and the steel-gray lake.
Yellow leaves are falling, carpeting the trails and flying all around you. The tamaracks are changing to yellow, too. Bald eagles and other late season birds are still migrating through the area. Look up for raptors and down for sparrows scratching in the underbrush 10/21

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
colors :: past peak
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has a lot of birch trees and some small stands of maples. ike the trails for some good views. Have a picnic in one of our new lakeside picnic sites which are also ADA accessible. Or stay overnight in the campground among the trees and the lake. Any place in the park is a good place to go during fall. Many birch and aspen trees are still yellow. 10/23

Tettegouche State Park reports
colors :: past peak
he trees are getting bare which allows for longer views through what once had been think forest cover.
The sugar maples are completely done but the smaller mountain maple and other shrubs are showing color this week. Aspen leaves are falling.
The yellows of the birches and aspens have turned a glowing amber along the Lake Superior shore, right now, but the leaves are falling, quickly. 10/23

George Crosby Manitou State Park reports
colors :: past peak
The birches and aspens are changing from yellow to a deep amber, but the leaves are falling quickly. White cedars rim Benson Lake, and although they do not lose their leaves or turn colors in the fall, they add a wonderful, deep-green contrast to the yellows and golds of the surrounding deciduous trees.
Fallen leaves and barer trees allow for longer vistas through the forest. Hike to the Benson Lake Overlook on the Superior Hiking Trail (aka the Middle Trail) for views of the lake and the surrounding forests. 10/23

Temperance River State Park
colors :: past peak
Birches and aspens are deepening in color, turning a deep amber, but the leaves are falling and won't last too much longer.
The fallen leaves have left barer trees and therefore, longer vistas through the woods. Conditions are good for wildlife watching. The six mile, roundtrip, hike to Carlton Peak will reward you with broad vistas of the surrounding forest. 10/23

Cascade River State Park reports
colors :: past peak
Fall colors have come to an end and the leaves are falling quickly. Take a walk along the river to a few waterfalls, view Lake Superior along the lake trail, or hike up to Lookout Mountain at 600 feet above Lake Superior.

Judge CR Magney State Park reports
colors :: past peak
Colors are more subtle now except for the burnished gold that sticks to a few lucky aspen. The colors are muddier now, but expect the tamarack to start showing off. Many of the mountain maple leaves have fallen; some red osier has taken on mottled maroons speckled with greens and pinks. The thimble berry bushes are especially a colorful yellow-green right now.
Start with the Devil's Kettle Trail, stopping at overlooks to take in the widening horizons. Try a swish through the leaves of the Timberdoodle loop; be surprised by the views of Lake Superior. Perhaps leave the park and head to Paradise Beach; it's a great time of year to observe the many moods and colors of the lake.

Grand Portage State Park reports
colors :: past peak
 FINAL REPORT FOR THE 2014 FALL COLOR SEASON: Fall colors are well past peak, with the majority of the leaves now on the ground. However, High Falls is always beautiful and always worth a visit, so don't let the lack of leaves stop you from coming to the park! 10/23

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