The Superior National Forest and North Shore has two color seasons. One is when the maples and oaks along the Sawtooth Mountain ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior turn their brilliant red and orange. The later season is when the birch and aspen along the shoreline turn yellow and gold mixed with the reds of mountain ash and moose maple.
The maples were so beautiful but peak color lasted for only a few days before the leaves turned brown and those on the tops of the trees dropped off. It was a strange year for the color to last for such a short period of time.