Fall foliage update for Route 302 in New Hampshire
Updated with new information as of 30 Sept
I just received an update tonight from a photographer who traveled up Route 302 into the Crawford Notch area.
Michelle Brenholtz says she traveled up Route 302 to the Willey House on Route 302 and from there to Bretton Woods, 302 is
past peak with some bare trees! She talked to the owners at Willey House gift shop and they said due to the early frost and Irene they peaked early. STILL GREEN, yes 302 is still green and hasn’t turned yet.
Well Michelle just came back from another trip up 302 and now feels it’s mostly green and just hasn’t turned yet. So the opinion that 302 had peaked already was premature! During the coming week we’ll see what develops there.
She also said she drove the Kanc and it was in great color if not peak.
As of today Michelle says “If you were to divide the mountains down the middle, the Eastern side is still turning (like from Bear Notch road East) and the Western side is moderate to near peak color (Bear Notch road to Twin Mountain to Franconia region). The best color on the Kanc is from 93 to the elevation sign. 93 north through Franconia Notch up 3 to Twin Mountain has great color. 302 from Twin Mountain to Bretton Woods has moderate color. Bretton Woods to Conway has light to moderate. Some vibrant patches but also a good amount of green. So maybe there will still be good color on Columbus day weekend”.
Here is a slideshow of Michelle’s trip in Northern NH from 302 to Franconia (Note these are only snap shots to give us an idea of what the color looked like in the northern NH region. There is an “i“ in the upper right corner and if you click on that you can see details of the location. Again my thanks to Michelle Brenholtz for allowing me to use her images.
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What does this mean to you and your plans?
In my opinion, I think we may find those areas at higher elevations might have gotten a harder frost than we thought and this is going to cause the leaves to drop fast. I will keep an eye on my reports as they come across my desk and I will let you know here if I find any other areas.
Right now there is no reason to think this is going to be wide spread and it may be nothing more than the valley between Mt. Tom and Mt Jackson held the cold in and lowered the overnight temps to where the leaves peaked and are dropping now. This does happen if we get a frost that is too cold.
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Now to show that this is not wide spread. another photographer, Eyal Oren who is a photographer in Marblehead sent me these shots from just over the border in Vermont with a view from Owls Head. As you can see this area hasn’t really gotten to peak yet.
You can see on the map below Mother Nature is teasing us… And the one thing you can say about her is she’s never predictable…
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Remember! I do not want you to be in a panic over this but I do want you to be forewarned.
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