Fall colors in Colorado

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by AK2ID, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. Blakebird

    Blakebird ran when parked

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    There's good color to be seen up north - consider coming in on US40 from Heber City / Vernal, UT and check out the Steamboat area....Gore Pass, Rabbit Ears, etc. - then head south via something like Kremmling-Silverthorn-Breckenridge-Fairplay, and check out the color in the Fairplay-Como-Jefferson area, come into the Springs over Wilkerson Pass.
    Coming via Aspen - Independence Pass is 12,095' and if there's weather it'll be one of the first high roads to close. Beautiful way to go if it's open though.
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  2. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Good advice. I lived in Silverthorn 35 years ago so it would be fun to visit. I tormented lots of fish in the Blue.

    I am studying the weather. It is looking like I will be able to get to CO and southern UT but then not be able to get home. I am a strong cold weather rider, but I have my limits. Fall can be such a fickle time. I was planning on being pinned down a day for weather. Now I am thinking of being pinned down several days as bad weather passes.

    It is an adventure...
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  3. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Bummer...

    I have studied the NOAA weather forecasts and have decided to cancel my plans to visit Colorado to see the fall colors.

    In a nut shell... I can get there but not sure I can get home. If you draw a line diagonally across WY (NE to SW) and then south through eastern UT, this is the "normal weather line". The area of the country to the south and east of this line will be above normal in temp and dry, while the area to the NW will be much colder and wet. The mountains of central ID are forecast to have temps in three days that are 20-25 degrees cooler than today. So, I know I could comfortably get to CO and enjoy the ride. Once I get through southern CO/UT and into NV it will be cold and get colder as I travel north back to ID. As I mentioned, I consider myself a strong cold-weather rider, but 20-50 degrees with high probability of snow is not good.

    I actually built a contingency plan to run to the Oregon coast if Colorado was forecast to be stormy. Unfortunately the NW is the source of the large low pressure system that is causing the cold and wet weather.

    I think the best I can do is an over-nighter from Salmon to Ketchum and back. The town is really quiet in the off season and the ride along the Salmon river through Stanley is very nice.

    Riders from Colorado - Enjoy your good fortune and take advantage of your good weather. It could be reversed next fall.

    Also, please continue to share your observations since others are watching and learning from this thread.

    Be safe...
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  4. Omi

    Omi ouch

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    Not my photo. Red Mountain on the 19th.
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  5. Blakebird

    Blakebird ran when parked

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    Getting back is always a crapshoot :photog
    Last winter a buddy and I rode down to Big Bend via the TX panhandle the week between Christmas and New Year's. I'd done the trip many times that same week, but had always hauled a smaller dualsport down in my 4wd truck.

    This time we wanted to ride the big bikes down... New Mexico was covered in ice, so we went via TX.
    After one strong sunny day an ice storm settled in on Alpine, TX and we were iced in for a few days and facing another front range storm system arriving, we needed to get back while we could - we ended up renting a U-Haul box van to get the bikes back :lol3

    btw - the NOAA graphical forecast has been my go-to for bike trip planning for years....but the last two seasons it's been way off and forecasting big time snow and ice, and the real weather has been much better - so I check other weather sites now and depend on the NOAA site much less.
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  6. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    I agree with your opinion of NOAA. There is strong agreement on the low coming off the Pacific. This morning reminded me of hunting, where you are looking at a doe through the brush, wishing horns to show up.

    I guess the bottom line on my trip is that I am humble on a bike and respectful of the weather. You just cannot wish it differently and power through.

    Again. Enjoy what looks to be fantastic weather in CO. I am going to winterize my irrigation system and put the snow blade on my Kubota.
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  7. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Colors are showing nicely in Grand Lake. Even a good amount of reds. It was 28F this morning when I got up, breezy, but clear sky. Haven't heard any elk bugle yet. I think they are still up high. This last week was Constitution week in Grand Lake. Always interesting, and the fireworks over the lake are great.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Elk are bugling…………….
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  9. Moto Beak

    Moto Beak Professional Amateur

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    The masses are in full force on Kenosha pass, even without good color yet. I recommend avoiding that area for a few weeks.
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  10. Boricua

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    Was over independence pass yesterday. About 10% on the west side. All green in twin lakes. No color until hitting Leadville. I 70 was as slow as it gets.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    The hoards are jamming up Trail Ridge Rd as well. I hope it closes soon...………...
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  12. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    Yesterday I rode from Hotchkiss/Paonia over McClure Pass, along the Crystal River, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado River Road, 131 to Steamboat, etc. and there was really VERY LITTLE COLOR along any of that.

    Not complaining, just explaining ........... as it was still a beautiful day of riding in CO.
    Other than downtown Glenwood & the short 18 mile section of I-70 ......................... there was almost no traffic on any of that route. :ricky

    I'm thinking that we are at least 2 weeks later than normal, maybe more? :scratch :hmmmmm

    Happy Fall Riding amigos! :thumb
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  13. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Got cold quick over here but you have some of the best views in the country.
    Not that low level stuff of the NE.
    Twist your wrist and wring that chickens neck.
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  14. Skunk-Works

    Skunk-Works Been here awhile

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    I came through there yesterday too, but headed over Kebler Pass.
    The leaves are just starting to change up there.
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  15. bmon

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    I saw some decent color on Friday up 125 between Granby & Walden, surprised at the amount of red showing already.
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  16. randingo

    randingo Voted "Class Lounger"

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    Was just in Springfield today and didn’t see any color......unless wind has color...
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  17. FatChance

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    It is blew...
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  18. eakins

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    Logan, UT canyon had tons of red 2 days ago. Floating the Snake today looked like this so Colo is behind.

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  19. NateLePain

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  20. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Following my front fender

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    East side of Weston, lots of red.

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    West side, barely started to change.

    The most popular leaf looking spot in the state, Kenosha, didn’t even warrant a picture, very little color so far. Probably has a week or 2 to go.
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