Roundtrip: 12.00 miles Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of our favorite places to spot fall color in the Upper Peninsula. The peak is usually around 3rd week of September. Another underrated destination for viewing fall colors! While the true peak is mid-October, you need not wait till then to visit. Here’s Andy and Stormy leading the way across the ledges. I didn’t care if we got back in the dark; this was too good to miss! The drive is just 16 miles one way but you will need to allocate at least 3 to 4 hours to appreciate the views.

This time of year that meant we were hiking for two hours in the dark with headlights under a starry sky. This picture from Rocky Mountain National Park is typical of what you’ll see there in the spring.

On June Lake Loop or Highway 158, you have spectacular views of all the 4 lakes – Grant Lake, Silver Lake, Gull Lake, and June Lake. This is the start of the popular summer hiking route to Crested Butte. By the way, if you're wondering why there isn't that much snow on the trees in the above picture, it's because it hadn't snowed for several days during the time that I was there. The magenta lines in the stock photo are the “standard” routes which cross well below the upper ridgeline and lead to another very loose, junky gully that we avoided with Andy’s alternate route shown in red.
There were no other cars in the lot; we were going to have the mountain to ourselves! It was a great and surprising finish to an unforgettable day, See Hiking and Climbing Equipment Checklist HERE, This site is a collection of articles on subjects that may be of interest to, More South slope: getting rockier, looser and steeper …, All Rights Reserved (c) 2015 - 2020 Rick Crandall, :  Rick Crandall; Rick Schultz and Andy Mishmash with his dog Stormy      Oct 11, 2012. The quaking aspens are the earliest to turn yellow followed by willows, aspens, and cottonwoods. It had not escaped my attention that after an early snow, there had been weeks of sunny weather and even up high the snow was receding.

Summertime is when the wildflowers in Colorado’s mountains reach peak bloom.

The peak is usually around 3rd week of September.

We climbed the first gully all the way to the upper ridge and traversed right over Point 13,753 – it was way cool up there. At times we encountered very strong winds (almost blow-you-down force) which we had seen in the past few days in Aspen.

We visited Badlands, Mt. While the rest of the country has a fall peak, Alaska has several inches of snow. There is less snow on the high mountain peaks, and the snow will have melted in the lower elevations. If you want to know more about us, then read our About page here.

Learn more about accessing the Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado, with hiking, camping, weather and bus information plus tour options from Aspen Snowmass. Now it gets interesting. I took this picture in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, and as you can see, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy them. Getting to Maroon Bells During the Rest of the Year. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one of the most underrated fall foliage spots in the country. The mountains are on the border between Pitkin County and Gunnison County, Colorado, United States, about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Aspen.Both peaks are fourteeners.Maroon Peak, at 14,163 feet (4317 m), is the 27th highest peak in Colorado. Other ways to experience the fall colors is by hiking or taking the scenic railroad. DOTTED GLOBE COPYRIGHT © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2017 - 2020 | PRIVACY POLICY©  PHOTOGRAPHY CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT PERMISSIONwww.dottedglobe.com. When in peak summer shape and with more sleep I probably could have chopped about 1 ½ hours from that time. Daytime temperatures are cool but not usually cold. Approximately 16.5 inches of precipitation annually. Many places around the country including the Colorado Rockies, upstate New York, Michigan upper peninsula, etc are at their peak in September. DOTTED GLOBE ALSO PARTICIPATES IN OTHER AFFILIATE PROGRAMS AND MAY RECEIVE COMMISSIONS THROUGH PURCHASES MADE THROUGH EACH LINK. This is also an excellent time to spot grizzly bears as they become active and forage for food in preparation for the winter hibernation.

We down-climbed a bit from the false summit and then went for the final pitch to the real summit. New Mexico has many fall foliage areas. Exposure: Significant Please understand your physical limits.

https://www.rickcrandall.net/pyramid-peak-a-dream-climb-2/, https://www.rickcrandall.net/wetterhorn-peak-a-class-3-4-adventure-with-andy-mishmash/, Ultimate Music Collectible: Automatic Violin-Piano, Pikes Peak – Summiting My 58th and Final 14er. More than 300 inches of snow per year in the ski towns. We knew this 12 mile route was going to be a long day (although we didn’t figure on 15 hours) so we agreed to meet at the Maroon Lake parking lot at 5 am. Difficulty: Class 3 Hike along the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail to capture the iconic views. Detailed 6 day mountain weather forecasts for climbers and mountaineers planning expeditions. For the best fall foliage, make the trip to Glacier National Park around 2nd to 3rd week of September. Most of them peak later in the season but Santa Fe National Forest is by far the best to spot early color. Well, we were gawking, eating, drinking and basking in the ideal conditions; meanwhile Andy was worrying about how long we took to summit and how much longer it was going to take to get back down. There is no better place for leaf viewing in September than Aspen and the nearby Maroon Bells region in Colorado. At 4:20 pm we put Maroon Peak behind us, but we still had a long way down – 2700’ down that long, steep and loose slope, then another 3 ½ mile hike to Crater Lake and then down to the Maroon Lake parking lot. Elevation Gain: 4,800 feet Stands to reason that fall in Alaska is pretty early. I took this picture while hiking to Rabbit Ears Peak, near Steamboat Springs. Daytime temperatures range from the 70s to 80s. Our guide offers tips on when to arrive, what lens to use and what to expect from this iconic place. The first part of the day was a 3 ½ mile hike up past Crater Lake, and then along West Maroon Creek, about 900’ of elevation gain – not much compared to what lay ahead. The goal is a lot further away than it looks in this photo. The route shown is his, the last third deviates from the standard route by climbing right up to the approach ridge avoiding a less steep, but a very loose, ugly gully. The elements of sun and wind remove snow from the trees quickly, so it's tough to get those beautiful photographs you see in magazines. The left (actually higher but further) peak is the main Maroon Peak and the sister peak to the right is North Maroon. Close. This picture was taken in February on Rabbit Ears Pass and though the temperature was in the teens, snow shoeing keeps you warm!

Colorado weather is usually sunny and dry but can change quickly. Your email address will not be published. The lowest temperature on record was -25 F in 1963. The Maroon Bells are probably the most photographed place in Colorado, and to many landscape photographers, it is the holy grail - where you can get that picture of your dreams. September is easily the best time to see the fall colors in the Black Hills of South Dakota. For the best fall colors, plan a trip around mid to late September.

When we got to the parking lot we dashed for the water fountain, but it was already shut down for winter.

It was the third week in September and temperatures ranged from the 60s to 70s. So at 1:50 pm we bid adieu to a magnificent place, and headed down. Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop in October. I looked up the weather and saw that a major front was coming in from the West but a high-pressure ridge was holding it off until the next evening, leaving a small window of exactly the next day to go for it.

If the weather is brewing or you have some very tired party members, the saddle is a good place for a decision on whether or not to proceed. We did walk along the creek for a while, so Stormy drank, but we humans wanted to avoid giardia. September in Montana has everything from snowy peaks, vivid fall colors, lots of wildlife, and pleasant weather. These peaks are stunning to look at. Snow usually falls someplace in the state each month except possibly August. Columbia River Gorge is one of the best places in the Pacific Northwest to see early fall colors. That usually happens at about 9 or 9:30 am before the wind picks up and stirs the lake surface. Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop in October. We got to the parking lot at around 8:30 pm, 15 ½ hours after we started. Let us know in the comments.

The USA is among our favorite travel destinations and our home for over a decade. As one route description states: The South  slope is steep and gets steeper as you go—and the upper portions are covered with a hideous mix of loose rock, loose dirt, and ball bearing scree. As the standard route comments say: “Conquering the South Slope is a major achievement, but now the more technical terrain remains. Curious if anyone has any experience doing this in October. This scenic drive has lots of overlooks, trailheads, and picnic areas to go leaf viewing. Colorado receives over 300 days of sunshine each year. An important thing to note: not all trees in the Black Hills change color so be prepared for a smattering of color among the greens. That’s why the first week of September, around Labor Day weekend, is a great time to be in Denali. The June Lake loop road is a photographer’s delight and quite crowded on a fall weekend, so try to make the trip on a weekday. It was the third week in September and temperatures ranged from the 60s to 70s. Both Ricks had run out of water and Andy had sacrificed his own drinking to leave a few cups of water for us (mainly me) to sip very sparingly as we headed down. June Lake and the Eastern Sierras start turning color mid-September. Learn more about accessing the Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado, with hiking, ... or in late September as the Aspen trees turn an amber yellow. The Aspen trees turn golden yellow and the sky is deep blue, making Aspen’s fall foliage panoramas more vivid than the rest of the country. Having finished my climbing season with the memorable ascent of Pyramid Peak in mid-September, I …
Fall is almost here – it officially starts on the 22nd of September and most places are still leafy green and hot to boot. The area explodes with color the last week of September and continues well into October. The highest temperature on record was 105 F in 2005. One of the best places to spot fall colors is along the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. There is also a slight chance of seeing the Aurora. Finally we reach a small saddle on the South Ridge near 13,250’. A row of aspens grows along the river bank and when it turns yellow, the view is incredible. Windom Peak – 4 Tries and a Fantastic Summit! In Late-Spring: From when Maroon Creek road opens, which is historically mid-May, and until mid-June–when the shuttle bus service starts–you are allowed to drive the road from 8am-5pm. Hundreds of photographers arrive at the north side of Maroon Lake each Fall to capture the exact moment when the Aspen trees are at peak yellow, the sun rises to eliminate the shadowing on the pine trees on the left, the lake is an undisturbed mirror of the peaks, and the first snow up high has filled the angled ledges on the Maroon Bells. DOTTED GLOBE COPYRIGHT © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2017 - 2020 |, ©  PHOTOGRAPHY CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT PERMISSION, Ultimate Texas to Colorado Road Trip Itinerary, Ultimate Los Angeles Itinerary Ideas for Savvy Travelers, 19 Best Restaurants on the San Antonio Riverwalk, How to Experience Fall Colors on Talimena National Scenic Byway, 32 Best Things to do in Los Angeles, California. Early October to Mid-November: You can drive Maroon Creek road to the trailhead any day and any time of the week. Colorado Weather in the Wintertime The peak bloom for these flowers is late July and they are gorgeous! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Here’s a typical winter scene in Colorado’s high country; in this case it’s Steamboat Springs. Climbers:  Rick Crandall; Rick Schultz and Andy Mishmash with his dog Stormy      Oct 11, 2012. They received over 35 feet of snow during the 2005-2006 season.