|Abineau-Bear Jaw trail: late Sept.|
Hikers, time to start dusting off the cool weather gear because we are just a couple of weeks away from the start of fall foliage season. With all the recent crazy weather in the high country, it's still too early to predict peak color days or quality of the season. However, based on my past experiences, some of the first trails to take on autumnal glow are Flagstaff's Inner Basin and Abineau Bear Jaw. The aspens usually begin changing there in mid-to-late September. Here in Arizona, the show goes on for a good 3 months, trickling down through the lower elevations painting Sedona and the Mogollon Rim during October and the deserts November-December.
The USDA Fall Color Hotline---which provides weekly updates--should be activated in the next few days . I'll also be posting weekly updates here.
USDA FALL COLOR HOTLINE: 1-800-354-4595, press 3 for AZ.