Mountain Bike Through The Fall Colors: An Instagram-Worthy Adventure!

Bluefin Bay Fall Colors Report: 90% Summer, 10% Fall
*A few isolated pockets are seeing closer to 85% Summer & 15% Fall

Britton Peak Mountain Bike TrailsAre you looking for more Instagram-worthy adventures? For this week’s Fall Color Report, we headed up the Sawbill Trail to the Britton Peak trailhead and hopped on the single-track mountain bike trails. The Sawbill Trail heads north right out of Tofte, across from our Coho Café & Bakery, and after a quick 2-mile drive you’ll find the Britton Peak parking area.

The Britton Peak trails were built, and are maintained, by the Sugarbush Trail Association. They also maintain 65 kilometers of cross-country ski trails in the Lutsen-Tofte area.

On Sept. 10th we biked the Short Stacker and Crosscut loops – Both were sweet rides and definitely got our adrenaline going! These routes take you through thick forests full of Aspen, Birch, Pine and lots of Maple trees. While on these trails bikers do need to concentrate on the terrain that lies ahead as you roll over rocks, roots, and narrow boardwalks. When we stopped for a breather, and to take in the sights, we noticed most areas still look quite green. We did come upon a couple stands of maples that decided to turn much earlier than the others. Their pop of orange was a treat for the eyes.

Overall, we’re reporting 90% summer leaves and 10% fall colors with just a few small pockets showing 85% summer and 15% fall color. There is still enough green throughout the forests that your eyes light up with surprise when a flash of orange, yellow, or red appears. This link to our photo gallery shows the Fall colors on September 10, 2017.

A word of caution: The Britton Peak Mountain Bike Trails are fairly technical and we recommend that you have previous experience on single-track trails before heading out. The good news, if mountain biking is not your thing: this trailhead is also the access point for the Superior Hiking Trail routes to Britton Peak, Carlton Peak, and Tofte Peak. These hikes are spectacular any time of year and especially during the fall color season. Join one of our guided hikes to Carlton Peak during your stay this fall to experience this incredible wilderness area located just a short distance from the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts.

For avid mountain bikers, there are a couple other local single-track mountain bike trails to check out during your stay. This area along Lake Superior’s North Shore also provides miles and miles of back-country gravel roads and minimum-maintenance Forest Service roads to take your off-road bikes on. During your stay, stop at Bluefin Bay Guest Services or contact the Activities Department for directions and maps. For guests staying at any of the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we also provide complimentary road and mountain bike rentals.

Check out the Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Finder to find the best color anywhere in the state. You can also find additional information on area biking at the Visit Cook County website.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails soon! Don’t forget your camera.

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Take a front row seat for Nature’s Best Show

Bluefin Bay Fall Colors Report: Summer 95%, 5% Fall

Oberg Mountain Loop Sept. 1

Fall color peaking out in the tops of some maples on Sept. 1 (about 4-0% color).

Labor Day marks a transition for many. Kids go back to school. Parents get back in a more structured routine, the most colorful time of year is at our doorstep, the mosquitoes take a hiatus, and many folks plan their Fall getaways!

We love this time of year on Minnesota’s breathtaking North Shore where Fall puts on a show like no other season, and no other place. While some of us try to hang on to the last days of summer — enjoying the final days of guided kayaking and wilderness canoeing — others can’t wait for jacket temps and the Fall show. The star of the show: our breathtaking bright orange Maples and the yellow gold Poplar and Birch — all set against the back drop of our majestic pines and Lake Superior herself.

Check Out Our Fall Colors Report Weekly

At the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts, we’ve decided to provide our very own weekly Fall Colors Report for guests and blog readers alike. So whether you get to the shore in person or not, each week in our “I Love Bluefin” blog we’ll showcase a favorite Fall hike complete with photos and videos. We’ll show and tell you our estimate on how much color we have and when we think it will peak. We’ll also share the Department of Natural Resources (DNR’s) Fall Color map so you can check the official Fall Color report for the whole state. (But trust us, it doesn’t get any better than this!)

Fall colors typically peak in Northern Minnesota and along the North Shore between mid September and early October. But our beautiful shoreline and  Superior National forest provides spectacular color for 3-4 weeks. Last year, we had color for more than a month!

Oberg Mountain Loop: A Fav Fall Hike (Guest Fav too!)
95% Summer, 5% Fall – September 1, 2017

This past Labor Day Weekend, our marketing director Lori Schaefer hiked one of our all-time favorite Fall hikes – the Oberg Mountain Loop. This is the trail to hike during the early Maple colors of Fall. We love watching the progression of Autumn as the weeks go by from Oberg. It is one of our most poplar hikes. Trust us, this Maple-filled hillside and Birch-filled forest will surpass ALL of your expectations.

The Oberg Loop hike is about 2.5 miles and is ranked easy to moderate with some steep climbs. The best part, it includes a total of seven spectacular overlooks.

This link to our photo gallery shows the Fall color on Sept. 2, 2017 as Lori made her way up the switchbacks of Oberg Trail, through the Birch and Polar forest and around the mountain. Those seven overlooks provide some pretty breathtaking vistas — and there is nothing like it in Fall peak.

As of Sept. 1, we’re reporting about 95% lush green summer with about a 5% turn ratio. But give it a week or so and things will really start to pop. View the DNR Fall Color Map here. It’s updated every Thursday throughout the Fall season.

Plan your Fall getaway now at the Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts on Minnesota’s breathtaking North Shore. We might be bragging, but we do Fall best!

Oberg Mountain Loop