Sam­ple Min­nesota’s Su­pe­rior Hik­ing Trail, Cal­i­for­nia’s Big­foot Trail, and Ver­mont’s Long Trail.

Su­pe­rior Hik­ing Trail Su­pe­rior Na­tional For­est, Min­nesota

We hud­dle in our sleep­ing bags on a nat­u­ral jetty that ex­tends 50 yards into the black, placid waters of Lake Agnes. We’d fore­gone our tent be­cause the view was so good: Above the maple canopy, yel­low and green lights fl icker across the star- speck­led night sky. It’s a well- earned prize on the 310-mile Su­pe­rior Hik­ing Trail, which stretches from Du­luth up to the Cana­dian bor­der. To­day, we took on per­haps the best sec­tion: a 13-mile piece that crosses peaks and val­leys as it winds past small, un­named lakes and wide panora­mas of Lake Su­pe­rior. The North­ern Lights feel like a bonus, but we’re spoiled. To­mor­row will bring an­other fall spec­ta­cle when day­light il­lu­mi­nates a col­lage of red and yel­low fo­liage.

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