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Past Peak or Peak-a-Boo?

Traditional phenology calendars put peak fall colors on the north shore around September 18th of each year. Depending on summer rainfall conditions and air temperature, our beautiful fall colors can vary in intensity and/or length of season.  This year, fall colors were –as always- beautiful, but not necessarily in the top 10 for clarity and contrast. Rainfall on the north shore was well above average for the month of June, raining 26 out of 30 days; however, July, August and September saw below normal precipitation which greatly affected our fall color showing. Although leaves lasted a bit longer into the season, thru October 4th to be exact, we did not see the vibrant contrast in colors between the maples, quaking aspen and paper birch trees that we have in recent years.

Past peak or peak-a-boo? Most travelers rarely get to experience the new visual world and landscape that comes into view once the north shore is past peak colors. For the first time since May, hikers, bikers, and motorized recreational enthusiasts can now see the topography of our beautiful Sawtooth Mountains. A hiking excursion during this time of year can be extremely rewarding as you can now see for miles – whether it be distant wave caps on the big lake or the numerous peaks and valleys of the Superior Hiking Trail. The sheer number of hidden overlooks and peak-a-boo landscapes that come into view are nothing short of picturesque. Traveling on the land during October and November is an odyssey of experiences that should not be missed by those whom love the great outdoors. No longer are there the bugs of summer, the humidity of thick inland trails, or the dense leaf pack of our north wood forests. Exchange that for gentle trail breezes, glimpses of Lake Superior and rocky outcroppings high above the shore line, as well as the smell of leaves on the air.

Make the scenic Silver Bay Area communities of Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Finland, Isabella and Little Marais a must see destination year-round and discover why we truly are…

Your Heart of the North Shore!