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*HOT* Fall foliage update for Route 302 in New Hampshire — 10 Comments

  1. Jim-
    Rt 302 provides a nice cut through the Groton State Forest. Lots of ponds to hit along the way. The Owl’s Head Overlook is just past kettle pond. There is a gate on the road that is unlocked around 9am and stays open until sunset. You drive up and park then hike up (5 minutes, easy but uphill) to reach the overlook.
    Hope that helps.
    E

  2. I am sorry you had such a rainy day today. 🙁 I posted some pics from yesterday on my facebook. I haven’t added them to flickr yet because I am working on a zenfolio account. Anyway…I got great color yesterday with the stormy skies.

    As for the Willey house people and their forcast, I agree with you. I had said to them that I thought maybe more color would be coming in and that is when they told me it was past peak. So I believed them. And when I looked at it with the bright sun, you couldn’t see the green so well and the color was dull.

    I know you rely on these reports and that is why I felt bad. That is also why I re-drove the route two days later in opposite direction. Because it always looks better going the opposite way. When you go back on the radio, just let them know we were misinformed. Again…I am sorry.

    I can’t go out until the week gets here. My Granpa’s funeral is tomorrow and my Mom will be coming in town Wednesday. We will be leaf peeping the entire time she is here. I will try to get back up to the mountains Tuesday. I really want to check out Bethlehem and Littleton since I haven’t been there yet.

    Do you have any summit/Mountain top recommendations?

    • Hi Michelle,

      For mountains, the ‘easy’ ones are wildcat and cannon, which have summit goldola rides to great views. Loon and Attitash may still be running their summer summit lifts as well, but I like the views from Cannon and Wildcat.

      Driveable mountains are prospect, cathedral ledge and washington.

      Easy hikes with great views are black cap in North Conway, Artists bluff in Franconia, Pine Mountain from Dolly Copp, and Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch.

      A little bigger hikes would include Mount Willard and Mount Crawford in Crawford Notch, Boulder Loop and Mount Hedgehog off the Kank, and Welsh and Dickey near Waterville.

      And…when the leaves advance a bit further south…don’t forget the drive to Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, and the hike to the Rattlesnakes above squam!

  3. Sorry…:( You saw the picture I took that day when I thought it was past peak. It looked that way. I think I would just rather not report in the future. The sun had a lot to do with it. Now we have rain and such which always makes the color look vibrant. So I feel a lot of it is how the weather turns out. I truly didn’t mean to give the wrong information. And I feel my pictures have given accurate info. All except that section of 302. My apologies.

    • Well Michelle, I’ve been doing this for years and even today Lisa and I were arguing over the color we were or weren’t seeing up north of Franconia.

      I don’t mean for you to feel bad about the call and it’s just one of those things. I should have waited until someone else came through there to back you up.. But with the story the owners at the Willey House told you, I considered it verified. I mean who should know that area but those who see it all year long…
      It happens and you move on. I looked at that picture and I should have looked at it harder as you can see a bunch of green trees in there and that was my fault for getting over anxious… I even said it on the radio… so I have that to deal with..
      But we make the best calls we can and that is all we can do…
      Thank you for your input now get back out on the road!!!

  4. Jeff,
    As always, you are the best source for up-to-date foliage reports! Thanks so much for all you do to help each of us enjoy fall in New England. We leave on Monday for Manchester and then have 9 glorious days before we have to come back to the desert!

    Kathy and Tyler

    • Well the problem with relying on other photographers to do some of my driving, they sometimes get it wrong… Michelle now tells me that this section of 302 is still mostly green and she thinks the owners of the Willey House were wrong… Always pays to do my own driving… Well I go out tomorrow and that will help…

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