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NY Fall Foliage Report, Oct. 6-12

Peak foliage this weekend in Lake Placid

October 6, 2016
Lake Placid News

Bright, beautiful peak fall colors will be making their debut in New York state this Columbus Day weekend, according to observers for Empire State Development's I Love New York program.

In the Adirondacks, Lake Placid area leaves are currently at peak and spotters there expect excellent color to remain through the weekend and beyond. Reds and yellows predominate, with the brilliant orange of the sugar maples beginning to emerge. The hillsides are ablaze with various shades of brilliant golds, corals, bright reds, glowing yellows and light wheats. Many pockets of trees still possess their dark green leaves as they begin to change alongside their already peaked neighbors. The brilliance is high among the 85-90 percent of trees that have changed. Color will continue well past the weekend, depending on the weather and any wind events.

Peak foliage is also expected at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington.

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It was near peak foliage at Heart Lake Wednesday, Oct. 5 on the Adirondack Mountain Club's Adirondak Loj property near Lake Placid.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

In the Essex County town of Ticonderoga, expect 50 percent color change and near peak conditions with yellow, red and orange leaves of average brilliance.

In Crown Point, expect 30-50 percent color change and beginning to midpoint conditions with leaves of golden yellow, orange, and flashes of flame orange and red. There is more color at higher elevations, while still plenty of green in the valley.

Spotters in Willsboro expect early to midpoint conditions and around 30 percent change by the weekend with brilliant shades of red predominating and highlights of bright yellows, deep browns and robust purples rounding out the spectrum.

Franklin County spotters checking in from Saranac Lake expect 50-70 percent color change and midpoint to near peak conditions by the weekend with bright shades of red and yellow and some burnt orange.

Spotters in the Tupper Lake and Mount Arab areas expect peak foliage this weekend with 85 percent color change and bursts of magenta, rhubarb, strawberry, raspberry, bittersweet, dandelion, buttercup, russet and golden orange.

In Hamilton County, look for very close to peak leaves in the Indian Lake area with bright shades of red, orange and yellow. Spotters reporting from Blue Mountain Lake expect peak conditions and nearly complete color change by the weekend, with average to bright red, orange, yellow and some green leaves.

Similar colors are expected in North Creek, located in Warren County, where foliage will be near peak with 75 percent change. Foliage spotters reporting from Lake George report beautiful foliage on Route 8 between Hague and Brant Lake. There is still a good amount of green, along with burnt orange, shades of yellow and muted rusts with occasional reds. The southern portion of the county still has a lot of green leaves, along with burnt orange, shades of yellows and occasional shades of red.

In Herkimer County, spotters in Old Forge expect near peak leaves with 85 percent color change and bright shades of red and orange and increasing shades of yellow.

See the entire New York Fall Foliage Report online at



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