The Fall Colors are in full bloom in the mountains and forests to the west of the Denver Metro Area. This Sunday I left early to beat the traffic that would surely swarm the mountain roads, with cars full of folks trying to see the bright yellows of Aspen and other deciduous trees as the weather turns cooler.
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I rode into the Foothills via Deer Creek Canyon and from there into Turkey Creek Canyon, eventually twisting and turning my way upwards towards the town of Conifer where I fueled up again.
Next was a ride down towards the South Platte River area via Foxton Road.
I made several stops as I spotted a clump or group of brightly yellow trees from the road. The contrast between their yellow leaves shining in the sun, and the dark green pine trees in the background were sometimes quite stunning.
A short run along the South Platte River Road towards Foxton, led me past a sunlit Cathedral Spires mountain and onto CO126. I headed north on CO126 until I got to the small town of Pine Junction and I turned off its main street and up the mile towards Sphinx Park's several rock domes.
I took Elk Creek Road out of Sphinx Park and enjoyed its many tight turns and curves, finally arriving at the town of Pine. I got onto US285 Southbound at this point and thought to include the fall colors on Guanella Pass since I wasn't too far away at this point.
Apparently, this idea occurred to a whole lot of other folks. I'd never seen Guanella Pass Road, out of Grant, so full of cars and SUVs, all trying to get to the trees where colors had turned.
Still, traffic aside, the weather was pretty good all day, the crowds at the top of Guanella Pass were bearable and you could see that folks were trying to squeeze on more nice weekend in the mountains in before Fall really sets in.
Along Foxton Road
Along the South Platte River Road
Fall Colors along Guanella Pass Road
Summit of Guanella Pass, Sawtooth Mtn in background