Fall has officially arrived. Though I am sad to see summer go, on the same note, I am very happy fall is here. It seemed to come a little early this year, like the first day of August. I was starting to notice a little sprinkle of orange here and a dabble of red there. I was totally resistant in the beginning because it was still technically summer and I wanted to hang on to the last little bit we had left. It was a really great season though, in my opinion. Where we live, summers are generally cooler than most places, but this year we have had very hot, humid days. That’s not to say I’m a fan of humidity, I’m not, but I do like to be outside and enjoy the sunshine while not having to put on a jacket in the middle of July. That’s just not right.
Now that September is here though, I’m ready. As the days go by, the air has gotten more crisp with cooler mornings, which is perfect for hiking. This time of year happens to be my favorite time to hike the trails because of the crispness in the air and the colors are breathtaking. On a typical trail that we’ve taken in the summer suddenly becomes new and exciting. If you are an avid hiker like us, you’ll want to keep reading because today I’m sharing our three favorite trails to hike in the fall.
- Western Waterfront Trail
(Photo credit: my hubby)
This is in the heart of West Duluth. If you come visit with your kids, it’s right by the zoo. Perfect location if you still need to get some of that energy out of them. I honestly never would have known about this if Sam hadn’t taken me. It follows the St. Louis River for 3 miles and offers amazing scenery. It’s truly stunning. You’ll see lily pads, endless trees and you’ll also experience pretty close to total solitude. It is quiet and serene. There are a few spots to take a fishing pole and fish from the dock.
- Eagle Mountain
Eagle Mountain is the highest peak in Minnesota, which is 2,301 feet. That’s small compared to most states but it’s still impressive after a days hike. Once you get to the top, which is a very rugged trail, it is worth every step just to take in the view. We talk about Eagle Mountain a lot and don’t regret a trip up north. In our marriage, we have visited this place I think 3 times already. So, I think it’s safe to say it is one of our favorite trails. When we leave, we always talk about the next time we come. You can read more about Eagle Mountain from a previous post.
- Honeymoon Bluff
This trail is found near Grand Marais. When we hiked this, it was early November. Which, at this point in the year, there was not have a whole lot of color left. But the view was still incredible. I highly recommend checking it out. Although we have only visited one time, we still talk about it and plan to go back. I will tell you this, if you do go, be prepare for a lot of stair climbing. There’s a lot of them!
What trails have you hiked? We’d love to check them out sometime.