Fall Foliage 2023

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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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Not sure why my original post was deleted.

For those who are new to Fall foliage season in Colorado, the drive from Creede to Lake City is pretty picturesque. When descending 149 towards Lake City, there's an overlook for Lake San Cristobal that has an amazing view when the leaves turn.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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Leadville area is just starting, most trees are still completely green. And with no storms forecasted (yet), seems the color will (hopefully) have a full length display this year lasting at least through the first week, maybe two weeks of October. This year's color display is shaping up to be awesome, fingers crossed.
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Any recommendations for leaf peeping (or even better, dispersed/free camping) in the general Breck area? I’ll be up there next weekend with some time to spare (TedX Breck feat our very own Chris Fisher).

I’ve seen good things about Boreas and Guanella Pass as well, but don’t know much about the possibility of camping around there. Any and all advice welcome!
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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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ballardwf04 wrote: Fri Sep 22, 2023 12:02 pm Any recommendations for leaf peeping (or even better, dispersed/free camping) in the general Breck area? I’ll be up there next weekend with some time to spare (TedX Breck feat our very own Chris Fisher).

I’ve seen good things about Boreas and Guanella Pass as well, but don’t know much about the possibility of camping around there. Any and all advice welcome!
Boreas Pass is your best bet. Approximately 2 dozen designated dispersed sites (numbered, first come first serve) and lots of aspens. Not a good road for RV camping, a truck with a tent is ideal. Good luck.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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cloudkicker wrote: Fri Sep 22, 2023 12:52 pm
ballardwf04 wrote: Fri Sep 22, 2023 12:02 pm Any recommendations for leaf peeping (or even better, dispersed/free camping) in the general Breck area? I’ll be up there next weekend with some time to spare (TedX Breck feat our very own Chris Fisher).

I’ve seen good things about Boreas and Guanella Pass as well, but don’t know much about the possibility of camping around there. Any and all advice welcome!
Boreas Pass is your best bet. Approximately 2 dozen designated dispersed sites (numbered, first come first serve) and lots of aspens. Not a good road for RV camping, a truck with a tent is ideal. Good luck.
i super agree with this suggestion, but i can also assure you every single one of those spots will be filled by Friday late afternoon/early evening. it wouldn't hurt to have a backup plan- maybe weston pass? also, fair warning- there will be a LOT of traffic going up and down the dirt road so prepare for a ton of dust at your campsite. it was a zoo the last time i was there on a fall weekend.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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Missouri gulch is INCREDIBLE right now. Nearing the peak foliage
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We hiked from Kenosha Pass today along with about 7,839 other people and most of the trees are still a greenish yellow. Several days to go before the peak, maybe even next weekend. However, there is a tinge of brown mixed in with most of the yellows and greens, not sure why given that Park County is currently drought free.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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Went up/down the south side of Ervin/Blaurock (just north of Huron) - some really nice color there! Some spots in full color, some still green, others already dropped their leaves. Lots of patches had brown mixed with gold.

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Rocky Mountain NP (at least the west side) and the area around Grand Lake are pretty much at peak.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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ekalina wrote: Sat Sep 23, 2023 6:02 pm We hiked from Kenosha Pass today along with about 7,839 other people and most of the trees are still a greenish yellow. Several days to go before the peak, maybe even next weekend. However, there is a tinge of brown mixed in with most of the yellows and greens, not sure why given that Park County is currently drought free.
The tinge brown is often the result of a fungus caused by too much moisture. Been seeing reports of that up on Peak to Peak highway as well. Makes sense given the rainfall in those areas.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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The valley into East Portal (Rollins Pass) is starting. A few small pockets at peak, many pockets a light yellow-green, still a fair bit is green. Most of the color change was along the road, which is usually the first to change. Boulder Creek Trail was starting to change. Give it 4-5 more days, and it should be peaking - next weekend will probably be close to peak, maybe just past.
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Re: Fall Foliage 2023

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Lots of driving, hiking around Summit County this weekend.

At peak now, Sept 24:
Boreas Pass
Loveland Pass Keystone side
Guanella Pass
(Generally areas east of divide)

Not peak yet, likely Sept 30:
Leadville
Fremont Pass
Summit County
Hoosier Pass
(generally areas west of divide)
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