Near-peak fall foliage expected here this weekend

Fall foliage is seen here from the summit of Baker Mountain on Friday morning. (Enterprise photo — Sydney Emerson)

SARANAC LAKE — Near-peak fall foliage is expected to be seen in parts of the Adirondacks this weekend.

This is according to the field reports from volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

In the Adirondacks, foliage is expected to be near-peak this weekend in parts of Franklin County, with spotters predicting 75-80% color change around Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab. Look for a bright display of maize, banana, daffodil, clementine, mustard, yam, burnt sienna, ginger, beet, rhubarb, raspberry, paprika and pimento-colored leaves of above average brilliance. Spotters in Saranac Lake anticipate midpoint to near-peak foliage with at least 50% color change and plenty of yellow, orange, red, green and even some purple leaves. Foliage will be approaching midpoint of change in the Malone area, where spotters anticipate 40% transition and green, yellow, orange and red leaves.

In Essex County, spotters reporting from Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Au Sable Forks predict near-peak leaves with up to 85% color change and a mix of average and bright deep purples, reds, and golds providing the foliage base, along with splashes of bright reds, yellows, and oranges. Foliage spotters at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area in Wilmington predict midpoint to near-peak leaves with more than 50% color change and very bright shades of red, green, yellow, orange and purple. Lake Placid spotters are predicting that the leaves will be at midpoint of change with 45% change. In the Cascades, brilliant yellows are dominant, and in the village average to bright shades of red are showing more each day. Look for foliage approaching midpoint of change in Newcomb, with 35% transition and bright reds and oranges, along with some golden and yellow leaves. Crown Point spotters at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center predict up to 15% change with a few small, sparse areas of russet, yellows and golds, and some oranges and reds. Ticonderoga area leaf spotters expect a little more than 5% foliage change with mostly green leaves and some muted orange and brown hues.

In Herkimer County, spotters in Old Forge expect near-peak foliage with 60% change. Red and orange leaves of above average brilliance are starting to pop, along with plenty of bright shades of yellow and gold coming in over the remaining green. In Clinton County, Plattsburgh observers anticipate up to 40% change with red leaves of average brilliance. In Hamilton County, spotters in Lake Pleasant predict foliage at midpoint of change with 50% transition highlighted by quickly emerging average to bright red and orange leaves. Spotters checking in from Long Lake predict 50% change with primarily green and yellow shades, along with pockets of bright red.

Empire State Devellopment issues a weekly foliage report. To read the report, visit www.iloveny.com/foliage.

Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800-CALL-NYS (800-225-5697) from anywhere in the U.S., its territories and Canada.


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