Back in October I took a quick up the North Shore to get some Fall color photos, the same trip I recently wrote about in this post. That first night, when I shot those nightscapes, I was hiking up on Leveaux Mountain. The following morning I packed up my camp over by Leveaux, hiked back down to my car in the parking lot and dropped off my pack, then walked across the road to hit the trail that goes up and around Oberg Mountain.
The Oberg Mountain loop is a trail that spurs off the Superior Hiking Trail, ascends quickly to near the summit, and then loops around the broad summit area (mountain "peaks" here tend to be broad, rounded tops as opposed to the steep, jagged mountain peaks you see out west). I think there are eight scenic overlook points, if I recall correctly. From the first overlook point I stopped at, I got the view above, looking away from the big lake into the mountains, and also this view below, looking across at Leveaux Mountain, where I had climbed the previous evening:
And of course, there were great lake views, too; including Lake Superior, which you can see in the photo at the top of this post and a bit in the photo above of Levaux; and also lovely views of Oberg Lake, which lies below on the other side of Oberg Mountain, and which can be seen here:
As you can see, the views were great all around, no matter which direction you looked. This is probably one of the most popular Autumn hikes along the North Shore, so you won't exactly be alone if you choose to hike this trail during peak colors, but at the same time, I never felt crowded either. Some people would come and go while I was stopped at the scenic overlooks, but then when I got hiking again, I was usually alone as I set my own pace and just carried on. This is a trail I'd highly recommend if you want to see some of the best views and colors northern MN has to offer in the Fall. I'll probably go again next year, this time with the family in tow.
p.s. photos can also be viewed in my Minnesota Landscapes gallery.