Five hikes to try before snow flies

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Sarah Glesner, or @sarah_upnorth on Instagram, says that there’s still time to get in some last-minute hikes of varying difficulties:

No. 1: Split Rock River Trail | Moderate | 4.6 miles

All of us know the Split Rock State Park. We’ve been to the lighthouse. But on the north side of Highway 61 is a beautiful, stunning river trail.

The payout for this one is that you actually get to see the Split Rock.

No. 2: Brewer’s Park Loop | Beginner-Friendly | 3.45 miles

This is the time to go. With the colors exactly where they are right now and if you missed all that North Shore color foliage. You’re going to get maples, oak birch on this loop trail.

The parking lot is right on Hanes Rd.

No. 3: ‘Section 13’ of Superior Hiking Trail | Difficult | 2.8

I think about it regularly because the views were so unusual. It makes you feel like you’re not in Northern Minnesota. The cliff faces are very rugged, stunning.

No. 4: Mount Trudee of the Superior Hiking Trail | Difficult | 6.2

I think it’s one of the least viewed vistas on the Superior Hiking Trail. It’s between Palisade Head and Tettegouche State Park.

It has one of my favorite what I call scrabble point of the Superior Hiking Trail. it has a very short actual vertical section where you’re doing mini-rock climbing. You’re going straight up. It’s called the ‘drain pipe.’

No. 5: The Wisconsin Point Beach Trail |

This is one of the last points in the season where you can get full beach access. The City of Superior and Douglas county have done tones of work down there makes sure everybody can safely get on the beach. Now is when you’re going to find some really cool rocks.