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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby MyFeetHurt » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:43 pm

bbutzin wrote:Does anybody know if the Dallas Divide (or the other side of Sneffles toward Ouray) is changing yet? Looked like last weekend somebody said it hadn't even started yet? Long drive to come up empty. :)

If the colors are in... I am thinking of going tomorrow early-ish, maybe add a jaunt up Sneffles (afternoon if weather holds, or Sunday AM), crash someplace, back to Denver Sunday morning, via a route with photo ops... I have an extra seat in my truck if anybody needs a long-but-quickie weekend getaway.


I drove over it Saturday and it had barely even a hint of change. Maybe a few small pockets. I'm sure there is plenty more color by now, but definitely nowhere near peak. The most color I saw in the drive from Denver was around Monarch Pass and Sawatch area, followed by stuff closer to the front range.

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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby denvermikey » Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:52 am

Status quo for Dallas Divide. 9/15 a.m., barely a hint of any change. Further south on 145 toward Telluride is about 20% changing.
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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby gb » Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:14 pm

MntOwl wrote:+1 for Kebler Pass.


Lots of leaf-peepers this morning on Kebler. Pretty much peaking close to Crested Butte right now.

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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby bbutzin » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:10 pm

denvermikey wrote:Status quo for Dallas Divide. 9/15 a.m., barely a hint of any change. Further south on 145 toward Telluride is about 20% changing.


Maybe next weekend, then.

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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby ColoradoGuy » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:12 pm

North Cottonwood Trail (en route to Mt. Harvard) on 9/14 ...

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Terrible lighting, but you get the idea. :)
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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby Mark A Steiner » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:09 pm

Here is a view from Lizard Head Pass September 12. As others have pointed out, blazing aspen or scrub oak colors have been lacking in the San Juans. It can only get better in this range.
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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby globreal » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:42 pm

The Sawatch Range is coming into the fall season. From the summit of Frasco BM this morning. This is just below the southwest slopes of Mt. Massive.
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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby globreal » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:44 pm

Fall colors 2012, below Mt. Massive. This is the wide shot.
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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby Rarefied » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:30 am

The Alpine-St. Elmo area is about there (09-15). Near Alpine:

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Hancock Lake & Sewanee Peak:

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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby ajkagy » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:03 pm

gb wrote:
MntOwl wrote:+1 for Kebler Pass.


Lots of leaf-peepers this morning on Kebler. Pretty much peaking close to Crested Butte right now.


drove over kebler today on my way back to CB from fruita and there were a ton of people out. Still lots of green on the western side, but I'm thinking this coming week and the week after that should be prime.
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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby B[3] » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:28 pm

Check out the best fall foliage South St. Vrain Canyon has to offer!
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Re: 2012 Fall Colors

Postby ColoradoGuy » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:32 pm

Fall colors at the base of Mount Yale. 9/16

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Along Chaffee County Road 306 with Mt. Yale included. 9/16



Aspen grove at the Collegiate Peaks Campground. 9/16



Still not near peak colors, but getting closer. Next weekend should be excellent.
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