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.