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Re: Fall Hiking in The Wasatch

Postby Scott » Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:58 pm

Concerning the fall colors, has anyone ever seen them last this long (especially the Aspens)? I grew up hiking the Wasatch, but I never recall autumn leaves lasting this long. Sometimes we would go hiking on or around my brother's birthday on October 8 and even then it was somewhat of a crapshoot as to how many autumn leaves were left. Usually they peak at the end of September/very early October.
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Re: Fall Hiking in The Wasatch

Postby TyeDyeTwins » Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:13 pm

Usually by now a large storm would have already knocked them off by now. Sounds like that might just happen today. If anything the fall colors started a little early this year.....but I will admit that the color band took longer than usual to receed down each mountain/canyon.....which is just fine with me.
The color band pictured here started 2 weeks earlier than last year. Image
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Re: Fall Hiking in The Wasatch

Postby John Styrnol » Sun Oct 24, 2010 3:37 pm

Awesome shots. I remember being in a blizzard mid Sep around 2002 at Brighton, we went down to Dog Lake/Butler Fork and there was snow almost knee deep in quite a few places.
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Re: Fall Hiking in The Wasatch

Postby Scott » Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:45 pm

Beautiful photo. There was some nice color early.

Usually by now a large storm would have already knocked them off by now.


Even without the snow, I've still never seen them this late. For example, when we climbed Deseret on October 16 1999, there wasn't a leaf in sight even though it was also a warm and dry fall. Many other times the leaves were long gone before that even without the snow. We used to do Circle All Peak every year in between October 1-10, but often the leaves would be gone.
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Re: Fall Hiking in The Wasatch

Postby TyeDyeTwins » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:03 pm

The fall colors are just about to reach the SLC valley floor....you don't have to drive very far to find the colors out there. Created an album for the Wasatch Fall Colors of 2010 and it can be found by clicking on this link http://www.summitpost.org/wasatch-fall-colors-2010/671655
Grandeur Peak is still going off as of Sunday. This area has been really spectacular this year....
The 1st picture is of Church Fork Peak from the summit of Grandeur Peak October 17th, 2010Image
The 2nd picture is of an incomming storm on Saturday. This was taken from the west slopes of Grandeur Peak on Oct 23rd 2010Image
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Re: Fall Hiking in The Wasatch

Postby PellucidWombat » Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:53 pm

aaaarg! I just missed them! Stupid snow. I guess I'd better come through SLC a tad earlier next year :-)
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