It was one of those autumn days with a medium overcast and light winds blowing from the Southwest giving us a rare 83 degree day in October. The winds were expected to pickup and there was the possibility of rain so I figured that if I was going to get color shots, I best get going.
I headed for the Saint Croix River at Taylors Falls, Minnesota. The river here passes through some high cliffs and makes for some interesting scenery. The trails get a lot of use and are well maintained so it's not like taking a hike through the Superstitions.
The trees are at their peak color right now so that means they won't be hanging on to the trees much longer. It's a shame that this spectacular season is so short. My hike began as I walked along the shoreline for about 1/2 mile then I cut up to the River Trail.
This trail overlooks the river and has views of Cheesehead (Wisconsin) on the other side and presents some great views. I then crossed the highway and hiked the Sandstone Bluffs Trail as I worked my way back to the Interstate Park. The Bluffs trail follows an old railroad bed with the tracks and timbers removed and makes for some quick traveling.
Where the railroad crossed rivers, the bridges have been removed and steps get you down to the creek where a foot bridge allows for a safe crossing then the ascending steps reconnect you with the roadbed again. (pretty soft hiking by Arizona standards).
I got several shots of the scenery and am posting some of the more interesting ones. On my way back home, the winds picked up significantly with some strong gusts over 40 mph and the leaves were on their way to the ground. So I guess I hit it at the right time and now it's my turn to say "you should have been here yesterday".