Pick a place: Fall invites with multitude of colors
Summit Daily News
Snow ” we see it for the first time of the season, gently on the tops of the mountains.
Gentle, because it’s not yet in our roadways or getting us stuck in our driveways. The sun shines, like it usually does, warming us up amid the cool breezes of September, beckoning us to stay outside a little longer.
Aspens are all over the place ” some are half naked with their clothes lying below ” others at random, next to the Barney Ford House in town or far off in the distance in a small clump or cluster. Some radiate the yellow of the sun, others know a green or brown or orange tint.
If you have chosen to stay during the shoulder season, are visiting, or perhaps live here year-round like a local ” it is a quiet time in the county, one that nearly demands a bit of reflection.
Although you don’t have to go far to see it ” there’s likely a view of fall’s metamorphosis from summer into winter from the window of your hotel or home ” following are some suggestions by locals on where to go to immerse yourself in it.
Get more information or directions by visiting or calling the Silverthorne, Breckenridge or Frisco/Copper or Copper information centers; or check out the local trail guide books.
– Rainbow lake
– Mount Royal Trailhead
– North Ten Mile Trailhead
– Meadow Creek Trailhead
– Lilly Pad Lake Trail
– Copper Mountain bike path
– Colorado Trail through Copper Mountain
– Peaks Trail
– West Lake Overlook at Copper
– Bike traile from Wheeler Flats to Vail
– Boreas Pass (The further south you go the more trees there are.)
– McCullough Gulch
– French Gulch (three miles out of town up Wellington Road)
– Quandary Mountain
– Ptarmigan Trail
– Old Dillon Reservoir
– Dillon Dam Road
– Keystone Gulch Road (off Soda Ridge Road)
– Swan Mountain Road
– Acorn Creek (north of Silverthorne)
– Twin Lakes in Leadville
– Monarch Pass ” Leadville to Aspen
– Independence Pass ” Leadville to Aspen
– Dallas Divide ” near Ouray
– Guanella Pass ” near Georgetown
– Loveland Pass
– Rocky Mountain National Park ” above treeline. Lower elevations should start changing in about a week.
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