Yesterday, October 16, 2017, I went on a whirlwind tour of the northern Lower Peninsula. I went thru Grayling and Gaylord and the trees were about 50 percent changed in Gaylord. Then I traveled west near Torch Lake and from there the trees were still rather green. I went over to Traverse City and I was going to go up to the Mission Point Lighthouse but when I looked across the bay the trees in the point were mostly green so I continued on into the Leelanau Peninsula. I was surprised that in the middle of October the trees looked more like the middle of September. M22 along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the trees have hardly changed.
If you are planning a trip this weekend (Oct 21 and 22) up north and want to go “leaf peeping” I would plan on heading to the Straits Of Mackinac area and I am thinking the leaves will be peaking around the Grand Traverse area around the weekend of Oct 28 and 29.
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