Autumn colors reach near-peak levels in Adirondacks

Capital Region green giving way to colors
Trees in front of the Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church are a blaze of color Wednesday.
Trees in front of the Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church are a blaze of color Wednesday.

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Autumn’s carousel of color has arrived in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

Leaves are at near-peak color in the mountains, according to this week’s fall foliage report from Empire State Development, which administers the I Love New York tourism program.

The reports, released Wednesday afternoons throughout the season, enlist “spotters” around the state who observe color changes. These men and women in the field predict how leaves will look for the coming weekend.

“In the Adirondacks, peak foliage will arrive in Saranac Lake in Franklin County this weekend, while peak and near-peak colors are increasing in the Central New York and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions,” the season’s fifth report states.

Hikers, bikers, boaters and walkers who travel to scenic Saranac this weekend will see bold and bright reds, purples, oranges and yellows. Visitors to Tupper Lake will be rewarded with vistas of honey, goldenrod, safron, ginger, cinnamon and red.

“In Malone, look for near-peak foliage, with 90 percent color change and bright shades of red, gold and orange across the landscape,” the report states. “In Essex County, spotters reporting from Wilmington and the Whiteface Mountain area expect peak foliage this weekend, with 100 percent color change and bright, brilliant shades of gold, yellow, red and deep red.”

Lake Placid is also close to optimum autumn.

Greens are surrendering in the Capital Region, but prime time colors are still several days away.

In Rotterdam, a 60 percent color change is predicted for the coming weekend. Cohoes will be around mid-point, with a 60-65 percent color change.

“In Saratoga County, look for near-peak foliage with 50 percent color change and bright reds, yellows and oranges, along with ambers and greens,” the report states.

Schoharie County spotters expect a 50 percent color transition.

“Rensselaer County spotters predict 40-50 percent color change this weekend,” the report states, “with the most color showing in the county’s eastern and northern portions. Look for shades of bright orange, yellow and purple with a perfect mix of green.”

Contact Daily Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124 or at [email protected]


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