Thursday, October 1, 2020

Adirondack Fall Foliage: Peek that Peak Color

This fall foliage report for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY

Franklin County

In the Adirondacks, near Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab in Franklin County, spotters predict 80-85% color change with peak to some just-past-peak conditions. Look for a lush kaleidoscope of dandelion. goldenrod, ginger, russet, orange crush, scarlet, raspberry, claret, and merlot leaves of above-average brilliance. Reports note that with no frosty nights and pleasant temperatures (and barring damaging rain), the foliage in the area will continue to be breathtaking through the weekend.

Saranac Lake can expect peak conditions with more than 85% change and amazingly bright shades of red, gold, and yellow. Leaves changed very quickly last week, but there is still plenty of great color. Malone should be at peak with more than 90% color change. The quickly changing leaves include gorgeous splashes of both deep and bright reds and oranges, and white birch trees bursting with brilliant yellow foliage.

Essex County

In Essex County, spotters in Lake Placid predict peak foliage this weekend, with almost complete color change and brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. At Whiteface Mountain, reports are calling for peak foliage with 70% color change and exceptionally brilliant reds and oranges, along with some bright yellows and touches of purple. The areas around the mountain can also expect peak conditions, with very brilliant shades of red and yellow. Reports from Newcomb predict 70% change and peak conditions with bright shades of red mixed in with oranges and yellows.

Foliage change is coming on strong in the Crown Point area around Lake Champlain, with at least 65% transition predicted for this weekend. Look for a full range of brilliant yellows, oranges, reds, and purples. In Ticonderoga, reports predict nearly 70% change with a beautiful mix of brilliant yellow, orange, and red leaves.

Hamilton County

In Hamilton County, look for nearly complete change and peak conditions around Lake Pleasant. Leaves are rapidly changing, with very bright shades of red and orange. Spotters reporting from Old Forge in Herkimer County expect more than 85% color change with peak foliage including bright oranges and reds, and many splashes of brilliant yellow. Strong golds and burgundy are holding steady.

Warren County

Warren County spotters in Queensbury predict 65% change and near-peak foliage with yellow, red, and purple leaves quickly overtaking the remaining green. Expect 60-65% color change north of the Town of Lake George, with fiery red maples, golden yellows, burnt orange, and some burgundy leaves, while color change south of the town should be around midpoint with more than 50% transition and especially vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow.

Clinton County

Clinton County reports from Plattsburgh also expect more than 50% color change with bright reds, yellows, and oranges.

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