Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Easy Ways To See This Year’s Brilliant Foliage

IMG_5684There are all sorts of festivals this time of year but as much as I love a good get-together, sometimes it’s the simple things my family appreciates the most. When we get bogged down with school openings and away games, we have to stop and take a moment to look around us.

My daughter’s favorite autumn color is pink. You may think that the trees don’t really become pink, but if you look at the blending of some of the yellows, oranges and brilliant red, the leaves do indeed have a pinkish cast to them.

For some reason this year seems particularly spectacular for leaf peeping. I think I may say that every year because I forget what an amazing sight it is to see the Adirondack Mountain ablaze with the rich colors of autumn. The higher elevation areas, like the High Peaks, are the usually the first areas to start changing color. To better plan an Adirondack leaf peeping experience, try this weekly report that is posted each Wednesday. Reports are collected from field observers and foliage spotters.

My family’s favorite way to celebrate this change of season is to go for a hike. If not everyone in your party is able to hit the trails, try driving to the top of Prospect Mountain in Lake George or the Whiteface Memorial Highway. There are fees to access both mountains, but the views will more than make up for it.

Other options are to take a scenic chairlift to the top of one of the local ski hills like Big Tupper, Gore or Whiteface.   Speculator’s Oak Mountain and Old Forge’s McCauley Mountain have live web cams that allow you to keep taps on the changing colors. If none of those ideas are appealing, just take a drive on any side road or Adirondack street to witness this amazing time of year! Enjoy.

Photo of fall foliage over Lake Placid used with the permission of Diane Chase,



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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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One Response

  1. Pete Klein says:

    It seems to be a very good year for color and it seems to be heading for an early peak, possibly this weekend.
    I do have a small gripe with the idea of peak color.
    Here in the Adirondacks, there are so many different kinds of leaf trees and each species and even each tree within a species peaks at a different time, that the term “peak” is a bit misleading.
    In an odd way, that is a good thing because it provides us with a longer period to enjoy the color than we would have if we had only one kind of leaf tree.
    To me, the beauty of autumn doesn’t come to an end until the tamarack or larch if you prefer, closes out the season.

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