(Last Updated On: October 6, 2016)
Nearly every fall there is about a 2 or 3 week window from mid-September to early October where the mountain world is full of color. The emerald green that once blanketed our valley gives way to hues of yellow, orange, and red. If Mother Nature has her way, she may even send some fluffy white snow into the mix for extra colorful contrast. Every time I am outside during this time, I am constantly amazed, and I have to resist taking a photo every 5 seconds. Here’s a collection of photos from the magnificent fall colors in Crested Butte.
My first set starts out while riding during peak colors at the ski area on Sept. 22nd, shortly after a rainstorm.
The days that followed led to more rain and more snow, and oh yes, Vinotok!
Vinotok must have made Mother Nature happy because the next morning we woke up to this…
Later that day, with the ground still wet and sloppy from all the recent precipitation, I opted for a hike instead of a bike ride. I headed to Meridian Lake, one of my fall favorites.
Washington Gulch was looking lovely.
A close-up of Gothic Mountain.
There she is, Meridian Lake, often referred to as Long Lake, with Whestone towering behind!
Avery Peak looking wonderful dressed in white.
The peak of Crested Butte was looking stunning.
About a week later, and after a few glorious rides among more fall colors, we headed to Aspen. We wanted to stop and take a million photos on Kebler Pass, but we stuck with just one – this one of Marcellina!
The fall colors are certainly waning, but soon we’ll be on to fields of white!