Our mountain landscape has taken on the colors of fall as we head for the end of September, with hues of gold, orange and vibrant reds running down the slopes. It is a scene for which we cannot get enough and we head out at every chance to see how it changes from day to day.
While the sweep of fall foliage begins up north and heads south, it is also a function of altitude. Peak colors should be starting in the western White Mountains over the next few days, and in the Mount Washington Valley in the next week or so, where they linger due to warmer climes.
The number one question we are asked this time of year is where and when will the foliage peak. That's a hard one, for it depends on so many things, and where, exactly, you are. You may see a panorama of confetti color at one turn, while around the next corner, those colors have not yet caught up. The way to find the peak is to get out and drive around so that you see the leaves and judge for yourself.
We can tell you that we are starting to see the brightest leaves of the season, and they will get brighter and we hope you can come see them.
Our information desk at the White Mountains Visitors Center, off exit 32 of I-93 in North Woodstock, is fully-staffed and standing by to point you to the best colors. You can also call us at 800-346-3687, or check out our foliage reports on our website www.VisitWhiteMountains.com.
PS - We post foliage pictures daily (and sometimes two or three times a day!) on our Facebook page, so please join us there.