We are already twelve days in to September and summer is officially coming to an end in just ten days. Yes, you read that right, ten days. Pretty soon the cool crisp mornings we enjoy will turn in to defrosting the car and scraping windows.
With the changing of the seasons come the changing leaves. Here are three of the best locations in Klamath Basin for watching the fall colors.
It has been my experience that leaves will begin to change by late September, with the peak of colors being around the 3rd week of October. However, when they change - they will change fast. By the first frost and first wind storm, many of the trees will be barren and the short season for fall colors will be over.
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Fort Klamath – One of my all-time favorite locations for fall colors, is the Wood River in Fort Klamath. Specifically, the Wood River Recreation Area located off Sun Mountain Road. This location has some of the best Aspen & Cottonwood groves in the county. It also has some flat well-maintained trails that are ADA accessible too. Also included in this location is Kimball State Park. The blue pristine waters of Kimball Park make for some amazing fall colors viewing opportunity.
Rocky Point – The area around Rocky Point is full of Aspen trees. A great location for viewing is at the public boat launch off Rocky Point Road near the Rocky Point Resort. The golden leaves coupled with the reflections of the lake and the lodge of the resort. Make for some postcard like photography opportunities.
Another great location is at the Pelican Guard Station and the meadow just east of Westside Road.
Linkville Cemetery – One of the best kept secrets in Klamath Falls regarding the fall colors is the Linkville Cemetery. The historic cemetery is home to dozens of mature oak, elm and maple trees. These leaves turn a variety of colors throughout the season.
When they fall, they make a beautiful carpet of golden leaves. However, you need to act fast. As the city maintenance crews are quick to picking up the leaves once they fall. The unique headstones of the cemetery make for some interesting photography opportunities and it’s just an overall great time to visit the grounds.
BONUS • Running Y Ranch Resort – The Running Y has some great man made landscape opportunities that offer great viewing for the fall colors. The front pond near the entrance at Highway 140 is full of leafing trees. The pond near the golf course is also a good location for fall colors as is the golf course.
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