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By Kai Huang
From Thornton, CO
Sep 19, 2012

It's that time of the year again.

Does anyone have recommendations for where to drive and see the fall colors with hiking and/or climbing within couple hours of front range?

Thanks!


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By J. Broussard
From CordryCorner
Sep 19, 2012
Young Good Free Face, 11b

I was in Penitente last weekend and the drive down 285 to get there and back was amazing. There's fire in them hills!


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By germsauce
Sep 19, 2012
Hippos kill people

The Kluttergarden by Redcliff is just about as scenic a bouldering area as I know, set in an aspen forest, big gneiss blocks, i try to head up there for a day during Aspen season every year. It's magical.


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By Derek Lawrence
From Bailey
Sep 19, 2012
Cocaine Corner

Check out Guanella Pass!


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By Rob Kepley
From Westminster,CO
Sep 19, 2012
Yosemite Valley..

Kai, Marble is considered the epicenter for Fall colors. Also the McClure pass area as well. I'm actually heading that way tomorrow for a few days of photography.


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By Kai Huang
From Thornton, CO
Sep 19, 2012

If only Aspen was closer, Rob.

Derek, Guanella Pass is on my list.

I think this is what I am going to do. Fall Colors Driving Map That would cover Vail to Kluttergarden to Leadville to Breckenridge to Boreas Pass to Kenosha Pass to Guanella Pass. If I don't see any colors, I give up.


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By Colin Dinsmore
Sep 19, 2012

Camp Hale 09.16.12.
Camp Hale 09.16.12.


Camp Hale 09.16.12.
Camp Hale 09.16.12.


Camp Hale 09.16.12.
Camp Hale 09.16.12.


Camp Hale (between Minturn and Redcliff) was incredible last Sunday and I was amazed at how much rock is up there. Never climbed there though.


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By Baumer
From Boulder, CO
Sep 19, 2012
Easy Lieback

Peak-to-peak highway to Estes Park. Climb at Jurassic Park or Lumpy Ridge.


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By Andy Librande
From Denver, CO
Sep 19, 2012
Me in the Buddha Cave at crumblewood a while ago.

Kai Huang wrote:
If only Aspen was closer, Rob. Derek, Guanella Pass is on my list. I think this is what I am going to do. Fall Colors Driving Map That would cover Vail to Kluttergarden to Leadville to Breckenridge to Boreas Pass to Kenosha Pass to Guanella Pass. If I don't see any colors, I give up.



good route if you are looking for a serious day of driving. I would note that going over Guanella pass puts you back on I-70 and traffic has still been pretty bad on weekend afternoons whereas if you just continue on 285 you will still see a fair amount of aspens through Bailey on down as they were just turning last weekend.

Don't miss Kenosha pass right now as it should just be getting good.

Some previous years of Fall Colors:


This is Kenosha last year (Oct 1st, 2011) in the most insane colors I have ever seen it:


Near Minturn on HWY 24 in 2010 on my way to go bouldering:
View from the road just before getting to the Kluttergarden.  <br /> <br />Fall is an amazing time to be here.  <br /> <br />Sept. 19th, 2010.
View from the road just before getting to the Kluttergarden.

Fall is an amazing time to be here.

Sept. 19th, 2010.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Sep 19, 2012
Bocan

Although a bit farther than you want, Crested Butte has the largest aspen groves.


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By Vaughne
Sep 19, 2012

What if trees were always yellow and red and only turned green in the fall? Would people get excited about the leaves turning green?


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Sep 19, 2012
Bocan

Vaughne wrote:
What if trees were always yellow and red and only turned green in the fall? Would people get excited about the leaves turning green?


I'd say not so much...they blend in more when they are green and the colors are so vibrant.

If you were looking for a serious answer to a rhetorical question. :o)


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By Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Sep 19, 2012

Denver Post reported great colors on the Peak to Peak Hwy!


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By Peter Stokes
From Them Thar Hills
Sep 21, 2012
Wall Street, Moab, UT

Steve Williams wrote:
Denver Post reported great colors on the Peak to Peak Hwy!


This is from yesterday (Thursday) along Hwy 72 south of Ward


Fall colors.
Fall colors.


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By Todd Leeson
Sep 21, 2012
Fall colors

Gabe on Equinox.
Gabe on Equinox.


Devil's Head can be a good option for fall colors. It doesn't involve driving much either. Check it out....


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By The Good Life Denver
Sep 24, 2012
<a href='http://www.thegoodlifedenver.com' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >www.thegoodlifedenver.com</a>

This thread is awesome; the pics are amazing!


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By Andy Librande
From Denver, CO
Sep 26, 2012
Me in the Buddha Cave at crumblewood a while ago.

This past weekend (9/22/12) bouldering at the Kluttergarden. Incredible Colors and Weather!

Annie working on a problem next to the Minturn Mile on a incredible fall day. Sept 22nd, 2012.  <br /> <br /><a href='http://andylibrande.com/news/' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >andylibrande.com/news/</a>
Annie working on a problem next to the Minturn Mile on a incredible fall day. Sept 22nd, 2012.

andylibrande.com/news/


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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Sep 26, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks

Hey you all!!!!

It is KLETTERGARDEN not klutter!!!!!!!!!!


And the colors peaked there last weekend


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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Sep 26, 2012
Stabby

The wife wants to get out but I was under the weather last weekend. Is Boreas Pass south enough to be peaking this weekend?


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By half-pad-mini-jug
From crauschville
Sep 26, 2012

Princess Mia wrote:
Hey you all!!!! It is KLETTERGARDEN not klutter!!!!!!!!!! And the colors peaked there last weekend


Mountain project is the only resource that calls it the Klettergarden, all other guidebooks call it the Kluttergarden.


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By Kai Huang
From Thornton, CO
Sep 26, 2012

Summit and Eagle counties are probably done now. From Sunday's drive, the best spots are Guanella and Kenosha Passes, but I am not sure if the cold/wet weather these couple days would make a difference or not.


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By Andy Librande
From Denver, CO
Sep 26, 2012
Me in the Buddha Cave at crumblewood a while ago.

El Tigre wrote:
The wife wants to get out but I was under the weather last weekend. Is Boreas Pass south enough to be peaking this weekend?


I think it depends more on what the recent storms did to the leaves. The whole trip I did was up I-70 to Minturn, climbed and camped, HWY 24 to HWY 285 back to denver.

Kenosha pass had already lost most of it's leaves in the exposed areas by last Sunday. A lot of Conifer area was still completely green. However it seemed most Aspen stands had quite a bit of green mixed into them so hopefully the leaves are still really good this weekend as well.

Hopefully someone local can chime in.


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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Sep 26, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks

It is Kletter not klutter. How do I know?? I used to live with the fellow who discovered it.
RIP Dave!!!!!
There is a plaque in his honor out there at a secret location.
All other sources are wrong.


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By Andy Librande
From Denver, CO
Sep 26, 2012
Me in the Buddha Cave at crumblewood a while ago.

Princess Mia wrote:
It is Kletter not klutter. How do I know?? I used to live with the fellow who discovered it. RIP Dave!!!!! There is a plaque in his honor out there at a secret location. All other sources are wrong.


Awesome to know! Any reason behind the name Klettergarden? Only thing I could find online is that "Klettern" means to climb in german which I guess could be the root of the meaning.

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klettern


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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Sep 26, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks

The colors are still nice in Summit County, but the peak is over. Just came from there.....


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By Princess Mia
From Vail
Sep 26, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks

Yes Klettergarden is from the German word. Somewhere along the line some must have thought the name sounded like "clutter". Lol


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