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I have a question for any northeasterners: are there any spots near NYC, NJ, or PA (Wilkes-Barre through State College) that will have fall color around mid-November, or will it be gone by then? For example, will Ricketts Glen in PA still have fall color in November? Would like to know in advance, thanks!
On my way back home on a trip over the Labor Day weekend, I stopped by Maroon Bells and went over Independence Pass. The only spot with any amount of yellow aspens was at the low-elevation end of Independence Pass, near the intersection with Hwy 24 (at Twin Lakes). Everything else was still 99% green. I'd say the Aspen area still has about 3 weeks to go maybe.
I didn't see much of any color directly along I-70 all the way up to Glenwood Springs either.
However I was surprised to see odd individual trees (or even just branches) every now and then that had already gone completely gold - some around Vail, Maroon Bells, Independence Pass, and Leadville. They stuck out like sore thumbs against the masses of green.
This shot at Maroon Bells was taken on 9/3: (not for C&C, just a snapshot)
I've already tentatively re-adjusted an upcoming trip to the McClure & Kebler Pass area back to starting on 9/23 (from 9/28). Hopefully it'll be peak that week. Last year, McClure & Kebler were peak 9/30-10/2 - I'm banking on them peaking a little earlier this year.
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