The Golden Days of Fall

I love Fall in Colorado. It’s one of the driest parts of the year, temperatures drop, afternoon t-storms end, and I usually advise anyone attempting FKT’s (fastest known times) to shoot for September or early October before consistent snow and wind take up residence.

Crisp Autumn morning ride 2021, colorful underbrush as Red Rocks.

Fall color is a gift. It’s a short window of visual change in life cycles. I have moments of reflection about what’s next.

Taking in the colors, Autumn 2021. Photo by Leanne Tomer.

I have numerous friends who do longer trail runs, rides, and climbs. From the Maroon Bell 4-Pass Loop, 14er speed records, Nolans, RMNP link-ups, long ridge runs, and Foothill multi-park 20-milers.

Ridgelines Autumn 2020.

At some point in October the bottom normally falls out. Cold fronts become inevitable, wind on the high peaks becomes consistently strong, and snow levels drop. See you on the summit!

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