Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Peak week (or just past) for fall colors

peak colorThis is the fifth 2022 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

Beautiful and vibrant peak and near-peak fall foliage will arrive throughout much of Upstate New York this weekend, with gorgeous peak leaves in parts of eight regions, according to field observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

In the Adirondacks, Essex County spotters in Lake Placid predict peak foliage this weekend with near-total leaf change and very brilliant shades of yellow, gold and red. At Whiteface Mountain Ski Area, observers expect peak foliage with more than 75% leaf change and very brilliant red, orange, green, and yellow leaves. Reports from the surrounding Whiteface and Wilmington areas predict peak foliage with up to 95% color change and very brilliant shades of red and orange leaves. Peak foliage will also arrive in Clinton County, as well as in the eastern portion of the Adirondacks along Lake Champlain near Crown Point, with 95-100% leaf change predicted featuring a colorful mix of gold, yellow, orange, red, and burgundy shades. Foliage will be past-peak but still beautiful in Newcomb, with near-complete leaf change and an abundance of orange and yellow leaves. Observers note that red leaves are starting to fade and there is some leaf droppage.

In Franklin County, expect peak leaves in the Malone area with a bright mix of fall shades. Spotters reporting from Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab Lake in the southern portion of the county expect just-past-peak foliage with 95% transition, minimal droppage, and cinnamon, copper, honey, ginger, clementine, canary, mahogany, and paprika leaves of average brilliance. In Saranac Lake, foliage will be past-peak this weekend, but still beautiful, with almost complete leaf change and a bright mix of red, oranges, and yellows.

In Warren County, Queensbury spotters expect peak foliage this weekend with 90% leaf change and bright, beautiful red and orange leaves. In Hamilton County, Lake Pleasant reports predict foliage will be past-peak with nearly complete transition and plenty of yellow, orange, and red leaves of average brilliance, along with significant leaf droppage. Foliage will be past-peak in Long Lake, according to spotters who predict 90% change with average to bright seasonal shades. Reports from Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Benson predict past-peak foliage and very brilliant yellow and red leaves. In Herkimer County, leaves will be past-peak but still remarkable in Old Forge, featuring 95% color change highlighted by bright gold, orange, and yellow leaves.

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