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Fishy
09-04-2012, 03:57 PM
Since my wife and I are both from the North East... we're no strangers to leaf peeping and the amazing colors of the season. However, we're only a few years into our Colorado lives and kinda new to Aspen peeping. We've been to Ridgway, Silverton, Ouray and Telluride during peak season but only scratched the surface of what there is to see.

I'm looking for some ideas on places to go. Do you have a favorite trail/pass/road that you head to every year? We're planning a trip Oct 1-4 this year, but haven't committed to any particular area yet. We're leaning heavy on going back to the Telluride area because we love it there so much. It will be a family trip with the kids, so I don't want to do anything too intense. Mild wheeling, extreme peeping.

We plan on using points to stay in a nice hotel/lodge each night and picnic during the day. Any suggestions?

We took a trip through RMNP yesterday and there are some leaves just starting to turn. I know we're still 3 weeks or so away from peak, but I can feel it in the air!!

These pics were taken on Fall River Rd with an Iphone 4S right from the drivers seat. No adjustments, just great pics. NY's Catskill Mountains are awesome in the fall, but it's hard to beat Colorado.

wesintl
09-04-2012, 04:01 PM
arguably the best drive for leaf peeping is Kebler pass CB to kebler to mclure to marble. 2nd is dallas divide

some good ideas http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=13879&highlight=leaf+peeper

Fishy
09-04-2012, 04:16 PM
Thanks Wes..... looking into it. Got some friends in CB, good reason to stop and see them too.

Caribou Sandstorm
09-04-2012, 06:06 PM
We are heading up there this weekend, will let you know if the leaves have started yet.

Cheeseman
09-04-2012, 08:24 PM
Spent the weekend in Vail and at Piney Lake 12 miles north of Vail. A wedding. Then drove Tenessee Pass to Leadville then Mosquito pass to Fairplay and then home. There are already spotty spectacular spots in the areas mentioned where some big patches of leaves are brilliant colors. Now there is still much left to turn. A couple of articles I read in the local papers point to an early, quick, fast drop for colors this year cuz of heat and no rain.

Fishy
09-04-2012, 10:12 PM
We are heading up there this weekend, will let you know if the leaves have started yet.

Looking forward to hearing the report Chris! I hope we're not too late.

Spent the weekend in Vail and at Piney Lake 12 miles north of Vail. A wedding. Then drove Tenessee Pass to Leadville then Mosquito pass to Fairplay and then home. There are already spotty spectacular spots in the areas mentioned where some big patches of leaves are brilliant colors. Now there is still much left to turn. A couple of articles I read in the local papers point to an early, quick, fast drop for colors this year cuz of heat and no rain.

We were thinking about doing Mosquito Pass next week. I love all the aspens in the lower part of that trail. I've never been over Tennessee Pass though. Gotta take advantage these next few weeks.

subzali
09-05-2012, 08:41 AM
Coming down Taylor Pass into Ashcroft this past weekend had us travelling through forests of gold...

Our favorites include:
-Hike up to Cub Lake in RMNP
-Kenosha Pass (on the mtb)
-Argentine Pass

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showpost.php?p=192614&postcount=3

http://risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showpost.php?p=193167&postcount=2

Fishy
09-08-2012, 10:42 PM
We decided on Telluride again. We'll drive Last Dollar Road then run Clear Lake, Alpine Loop and maybe one more.

If anyone is looking at heading that way, The Hotel Telluride http://www.thehoteltelluride.com/ gave us a super deal after a little persuading. Obviously, this is their off-season. And, they are :puppykisses: dog friendly!

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Caribou Sandstorm
09-10-2012, 05:02 PM
It's on up there, I would say next 2-3 weeks max. I70 is still pretty green but we headed to Leadville after doing the Silver Plume train and it was turning big time, so is Kenosha Pass.

Gorgeous.

Didn't make to the Butte this weekend, as we had hoped...

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Mosquito-Pass/i-SsPfW7Q/0/L/photo-14-L.jpg

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Mosquito-Pass/i-xdxHSjB/0/L/photo-13-L.jpg

http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Mosquito-Pass/i-qsHRgbQ/0/L/photo-12-L.jpg

kurtnkegger
09-10-2012, 06:57 PM
On Argentine this weekend, turning, and pretty. Still gold and green mix...

Fishy
09-10-2012, 08:07 PM
Uh oh....... we may be late! I'm sure there will still be some yellow, and fresh yellow falling to the ground......
Can't wait!

Thanks for the reports.:thumb: