A Fall Hike up Ely’s Peak in Duluth

Now that Labor Day Weekend has passed, we can officially, though reluctantly, say goodbye to summer, and welcome the fast-approaching fall. The ridge lines above Duluth are already showing hints of the colorful hues of autumn, which means now is the perfect time to get outside for a fall hike.  As the air begins to cool, we’ll soon be surrounded by fall’s hallmark hues of crimson, orange, yellow, and green. You won’t have to go far to see the finest fall foliage Minnesota has to offer.  One of the best fall hikes in the Duluth area is up the popular Ely’s Peak.  Take advantage of our Fabulous Fall special, and escape to Duluth in the middle of the week.  Not only will you enjoy great savings, but you’ll avoid the crowds as well!  Book your room with us today.

Ely’s Peak:  A Fall Hike to Remember

The fall color show in Duluth is nothing short of spectacular.  The unique climate around Lake Superior causes an incredibly vibrant and long lasting fall display, which typically stretches from mid-September through Late October.  The first to turn will be the inland trees, especially the maples along the ridge lines, followed by the golden hues of the aspens and birch.  The best way to get those panoramic fall views we’re all after is by taking a hike, and our favorite is the popular climb up Ely’s Peak.

The hike up to Ely’s Peak is also both interesting and rewarding.  Along the way,  you’ll find the old Duluth, Winnipeg, Pacific Railroad line’s tunnel.  It’s fun to explore in and of itself.  You can either travel through it or around it before you head up to the top of the peak.  If you’re feeling adventurous, rock climbers can also head straight up to the peak. Otherwise, we recommend that you follow the section of the Superior Hiking Trail that leads you around the peak.  It’s the easier ascent by far. Another popular hike in the area that would offer exceptional views of fall foliage is Oberg Mountain.  The 2-mile trek will reward you with incredible views of inland maples.

The Fall Color Report provided by North Shore Visitor is a great place to stay up to date on what is happening, and where you’ll have the best opportunity to view colors.  If you get hooked on those beautiful fall colors after your hike up Ely’s Peak, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the fall foliage around Duluth. A few of our favorites include the North Shore Scenic Railroad, a chairlift ride up Spirit Mountain or the Summit Express Gondola at Lutsen Mountain, the beautiful grounds at the historic Glensheen Mansion, and driving the North Shore Scenic Byway.

After your legs are good and tired, come back to the restful accommodations at the A. G. Thomson House Bed and Breakfast. Our elegant and inviting rooms offering modern amenities with the warmth and comfort of home, all with a superb location in Duluth’s Congdon Mansion District.  Book your stay with us today, and start planning your adventures in the hills of Duluth.