Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall Colors along Squaw Pass Road

Also known as Colorado Highway 103, a scenic and twisty mountain road that links the towns of Idaho Springs and North Evergreen.  It also provides access to Colorado Highway 5 also known as Mount Evans Road.

I rode out on Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig, shortly after 8:15AM and transited across the traffic cesspool that is the metro denver area and used US Highway 40 to parallel westbound I-70 into the mountains.

I made it to Idaho Springs with no issues and fueled up before getting onto CO103 for the way up towards Echo Lake.  I didn't really see any sign of Fall Colors till several miles away from Idaho Springs, but when I did, there was a very nice amount of it!

Reaching Echo Lake, which is near the junction with CO5 (Mt Evans Road), I stopped for a picture of the lake and surrounding mountains.

After Echo Lake, it was time to traverse the eastern half of the loop road which is CO103 or Squaw Pass Road.

 I believe that's the summit of Mount Evans

 I always tend to stop at this spot, where on a clear
day, one can see "forever"

Last picture was taken near the sign for Squaw Pass.  Fall Colors, those evident in some areas, were not as widespread as on the western half of CO103 however.

As Scarlett and I descended from Squaw Pass, Fall Color foliage grew more and more infrequent.  It's all altitude-based you see, and the colors haven't made their appearance in the lower elevations of Evergreen, Bear Creek Canyon Road and the small mountain towns of Kittredge and Idledale.  Soon, but not today.


Trobairitz said...

Such gorgeous yellow colors in the sunshine. Simply beautiful Dom.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks very much Trobairitz, Brandy, I hope to be in an area where the colors have really peaked next weekend. Stay tuned.

SonjaM said...

I love this part of the year. Spectacular autumn colours, Dom, especially beautiful when the weather is like this.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM, it worked out pretty good that day.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful colors Dom! I rode to Aspen last weekend and enjoyed the colors around Twin Lakes. Enjoy this beautiful season! MV

redlegsrides said...

Thanks motoventures, bet the colors there were pretty good too.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Dom, such beauty and those yellows pop like few other colors can. I've ridden one time in those mountain Aspens at this time of year, first week in October down around Ruidoso....always remembered. Your ride has brought those memories back. Thank you.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks for the kind words Coop, glad it helped bring back good memories.

Oz said...

I love that road! First rode on it in 2006 with my son (age 9) on the back of a VStar 1100. Have ridden several times since, but never in the fall. The colors are awesome! The tenth photo is great.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Thomas Osburn, one of my regular rides for scenery and curves.

Steve Williams said...

You're in that magical time of transition where the world moves from summer to autumn and there's just a feel of the change. There's a majesty in the Colorado landscape that is hard to find here. The world sweeps into the distance in ways you can only find here from the rare overlook or an airplane.

It's always fun to see where you ride. Like National Geographic to me -- exotic places that I'll likely never get to see myself.

Great stuff.

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Steve Williams, means a lot to me that you liked the pics.