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Dustin Gent
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


yes i know it is still August (31st!!) and is still mid to high 90s in the forecast here in SLC, but i am seeing some shades of green/yellow around here. I know many of my fellow FM'ers are anxious for this year's fall colors. Surely people have seen this, but if not; here is a 2017 fall forecast.

Also i edited this for some beta. Perhaps we can make a "pinned" post with resources for all areas. So far, i am posting just for the SW/CO area - as that is probably the most popular in the US (sorry other areas )

I figured we could also post location advice/questions as well in this. My work has the schedule posted through the week ending 9/17, so i gots to get on trip planning and tim off requests asap.

anyways, here is the map FORECAST

another map HERE

resources from CO state parks HERE

image thread 14ers


Feel free to add to this. I can edit this and organize this. My wife and i will be cheating and staying in a plush hotel in either Silverton or Ouray a couple of days and camping in the san juans somewhere, so i am hoping this info helps people looking for areas to shoot, as it can be overwhelming!

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Aug 31, 2017 at 11:20 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


Great map, thanks for posting. You can get up into the Uintas now according to the map, up around Christmas meadows. Unless it is showing only the high elevations.


Aug 31, 2017 at 11:57 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


seen that map on another site and it looks to be off by about 2-3 weeks for Ohio, especially along the lakes


Sep 01, 2017 at 11:08 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


erielake wrote:
seen that map on another site and it looks to be off by about 2-3 weeks for Ohio, especially along the lakes


you may be right, as when i go through the weeks, it shows colorado at full peak 17th. i don't know if it takes elevation into consideration.



Sep 01, 2017 at 01:55 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


the weather channel map guesstimates, based on current conditions, to be 9/29 to be peak (give or take).


Sep 02, 2017 at 01:16 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


Thanks for sharing those maps. Based on my experience and reading, the first map you linked looks at least one week early. Maybe they're forecasting it to be an early year, but I'm not sure it's even possible for northern Vermont to peak by Sept 17.


Sep 02, 2017 at 01:01 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


wilkbm02 wrote:
Thanks for sharing those maps. Based on my experience and reading, the first map you linked looks at least one week early. Maybe they're forecasting it to be an early year, but I'm not sure it's even possible for northern Vermont to peak by Sept 17.


Agreed. I lived in Montreal for 8 years and it seemed like the 1st week in Oct was the peak time for color in eastern Quebec and VT/NH.



Sep 02, 2017 at 02:10 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


Here in Colorado, I'm already seeing quite a few signs of early changing in the high country... a few entire trees here and there, but mostly just small sections. Most of the low-lying brush in the Vail/Eagle area is already completely red, and has been for a week or two.

I'll be in Crested Butte (mountain biking) almost non-stop from 9/21 through 10/1, so I'll do my best to post updates when I can.



Sep 03, 2017 at 01:59 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


Agreed about early changing in Colorado. Been spending my summer in Silverton. On Red Mtn Pass be tween Silverton and Ouray there are several good size patches already in full glory. Very early. Will keep reporting since I,m on location.


Sep 04, 2017 at 08:58 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


here is another resource for conditions with photos
14ers



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


Thanks Justin. Looks like early season.
Harsha



Sep 10, 2017 at 05:21 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


This is what it is starting to look like in Silverton CO
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36317174304/in/dateposted-public/


The colors are coming on fast



Sep 10, 2017 at 11:02 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


Sorry never posted a pic on here before and obviously blew it with the link. Have to copy and paste into browser to get it to work.


Sep 10, 2017 at 11:08 PM
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the forecast today calls for snow in the rockies above 7500 feet. we got snow here in the uintas, so i am guessing the rockies did as well.


Sep 15, 2017 at 11:57 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


update for northern ohio....due to the semi drought conditions we had this summer and some early cool weather it looks like we might be a week earlier than usual


Sep 16, 2017 at 12:24 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


any update on Tetons colors right now? sample photos?


Sep 17, 2017 at 07:24 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


I was looking at web cams in Aspen, CO and it appears the colors are way late this year. Is this what others have observed?


Sep 17, 2017 at 09:30 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


xterra07 wrote:
any update on Tetons colors right now? sample photos?

Www.bestofthetetons.com




Sep 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


phil hawkins wrote:
I was looking at web cams in Aspen, CO and it appears the colors are way late this year. Is this what others have observed?


i know SLC is different than CO, BUT here the color is a little bit further behind last year. HOWEVER we are supposed to get snow in the canyons this week (a foot maybe i think by Friday), and i would imagine CO would be getting the same storms we are getting. That could speed things up real quick.




Sep 19, 2017 at 12:04 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · never too early for fall colors - 2017 conditions


Thank you CarlG


Sep 19, 2017 at 04:02 AM
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