Fall Colors 2014
Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28, 2014
Since we had seen some early fall colors in the San Juan Mountains last weekend, we decided to head over into the Elk Mountains this time to check on the fall colors there for my annual Fall Colors weekend. I planned to visit a few locations I have been to before and then try out a few new ones. We left early Saturday and took a late morning drive along Kebler Pass and over Ohio Pass before turning around and heading back out the same way. We then drove over McClure Pass and found a campsite along Prince Creek near Carbondale before continuing up along Capitol Creek to catch the sunset over Capitol Peak (14,130 feet). While there was a little nice evening light when we first arrived, a storm cloud moved in from the west and blocked any light for the rest of the evening. When the sun was down we drove back to camp in the dark. I was expecting it to start raining overnight based on the weather forecasts, but was happy to wake up for sunrise to dry conditions. We caught the sunrise from a nearby location with a beautiful view over Mount Sopris before returning back to camp and taking down our tent. Just after loading everything back into the Jeep it finally started to rain- it was perfect timing! We took another drive back up to McClure Pass and stopped for a few photos along the way before returning to Carbondale for an early lunch at White House Pizza. After lunch we had an uneventful drive home in the rain.
View of West Beckwith Peak (12,191 feet) from Kebler Pass Road. The trees below were still mostly green.
A little fun with my camera in a golden aspen grove along Kebler Pass Road.
View over the pine trees from Ohio Pass Road.
Red-tipped aspen trees below the Anthracite Range.
A side road off of Ohio Pass that we explored.
East Beckwith Mountain (12,438 feet) was looking pretty good on our drive back.
Many shades of color along Kebler Pass Road.
There were nice views from McClure Pass.
We stopped by Dinkle Lake before finding a campsite along Prince Creek.
Home for the night.
The road above Capitol Creek.
A beautiful view up Capitol Creek towards Capitol Peak in the middle. To the left of Capitol is Mount Daly (13,300 feet).
A distant rain storm illuminated by evening light.
Rain and spot-lighting along Capitol Creek.
We spent Sunday morning watching the sun light up Mount Sopris as it came up behind us. It was a beautiful sunrise and I took quite a few photos since the light was constantly changing.
Looking over Prince Creek Road.
A few other views of the surrounding area.
A different view of Mount Sopris from the highway in the rain when we drove back up to McClure Pass.
We stopped to check out the Coke Ovens in Redstone.
It was a perfect morning to photograph Hayes Creek Falls.
Clouds and light on the distant peaks.
Chair Mountain in the rain as we neared McClure Pass again.
Colorful aspen in the clouds near McClure Pass.