Get out and explore fall's fantastic colors

By Real Aspen
Real AspenSeptember 27, 2010
Twin Lakes
Troy Hooper

Fall colors are exploding all around us.

As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder, leaves are turning spectacular shades of yellow and gold. Oh, there are specks of red, brown and orange but most the leaves turn yellow and gold in Colorado's high country.

There are plenty of prime leaf-viewing locales in the Roaring Fork Valley. If you're a local, the following suggestions are obvious or you might know you own secret hike or drive.

For motorists, a drive over Independence Pass is a must. Forbes named the drive one of the best for autumn leaf viewing in all of America. Or head up Highway 133 toward McClure Pass. If you really want to treat yourself, keep going and take the dirt road over Kebler Pass to Crested Butte to witness one of the largest contiguous stands of aspen on earth. A drive through Basalt and up past Ruedi Reservoir is also worthwhile this time of year.

The leaves are changing
Troy Hooper
Of course, autumn's splendor is best experienced on foot.

Cathedral Lake, Crater Lake, Weller Lake, the Hunter Creek Valley, the Maroon Bells, the Grottos, Lost Boy, Mount Sopris, and just about any trail that climbs above Aspen's elevation of 7,908 feet is a good place to start.

Hiking up any of the local ski mountains — Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass — is also a refreshing way to get your fill of the crisp fall air.
On the other side of Independence Pass
Troy Hooper

Enjoy the fall foliage while it lasts. Winter is just around the corner.

comments: 1 Comment on "Get out and explore fall's fantastic colors "

Boo – Sept. 28, 2010, at 8:31 a.m.

Gorgeous photos ... I will have to get in my car & take a drive .... Thanks!

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