September 29, 2012

Adirondack foliage at peak conditions


---- — ALBANY — Cooler temperatures and the advancing calendar have created peak and near-peak foliage viewing in the Adirondacks, according to field observers for Empire State Development’s I Love New York program.

In Franklin County, foliage spotters based in the Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab areas expect peak conditions this weekend, with color change of 90 to 85 percent and brilliant autumn hues of crimson, copper, bronze, burgundy, scarlet, goldenrod, pumpkin, mustard and canary.

Great views are reported at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and the fire observation tower about 5 miles to the west in Mt. Arab.

Foliage spotters in the Village of Saranac Lake report leaf change of 35 to 50 percent, depending on the mix of hardwoods and the size of the body of water near the trees. Colors are muted reds, oranges and yellows, along with some scattered patches of vibrant red.

Along the Saranac River and in the wetlands on the eastern and northern edges of town, color change is much higher, due to the maples and alders, which are expected to be around 70 to 90 percent changed.

In Paul Smiths, the leaves are between 75 and nearly 100 percent changed and brilliant. Look for vivid reds with oranges, contrasting nicely against the evergreens.

Birches have not changed much anywhere, nor have the silver maples.

In Essex County, foliage observers reporting from Lake Placid, High Peaks and Whiteface expect peak by the weekend in the very highest elevations surrounding the Village of Lake Placid. Predominate red leaves are complemented by an assortment of orange, gold, yellow and burgundy foliage.

The region surrounding the eastern base of Whiteface Mountain is somewhat behind the High Peaks, averaging around 50 percent change, with golds, yellows and oranges predominating at this point.

The Schroon Lake area is about 30 percent turned; the area is just starting to get some overall color.

The Lake Champlain area of the county is still just in the beginning stages of color change, between 5 and 15 percent.

In Herkimer County, Old Forge-based color observers are predicting leaf change of 95 to 100 percent by the weekend, with bright and beautiful peak reds, russets, oranges and golds contrasting with the evergreens.

Color has also come on strong in Hamilton County over the past week. Look for up to 80 percent color change and near-peak to peak conditions in the northern portion of the county, including the towns of Indian Lake, Inlet and Long Lake.

The weekly foliage report for the entire state, a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings are available at