Weekend Report: Colors, Events for Oct. 20-22

Weekend Report: Colors, Events for Oct. 20-22

This weekend is probably your best opportunity to see the fall colors at Devil’s Lake State Park for 2017, not to mention take part in some fun events. Am I saying it’s “peak color”… Well, not exactly.

Fall Colors

There’s a lot of color out there right now. In fact, even the park entrance road is looking pretty good as you can see from the photo above, taken yesterday. That said, it’s hit-and-miss everywhere in the park this year. Some areas are green, some are already past it. Thing is, we’re in for a rainy, windy weather change on Sunday, so things aren’t looking up for the future either.

You may have seen a previous article I posted called, “5 Ultimate Fall Color Trails” which lists the best trails to hike to enjoy the fall colors. For this weekend, they won’t be at their best, but that’s the season we’re in. You simply have to take a photographer’s approach and frame it properly. Check out the photos below comparing close up and wild angle shots from 2 locations on the East Bluff / WoodsTrail… See what I mean? It’s all in the framing! Yeah, it’s that kind of year.

For what it’s worth, I’d be hiking the Steinke Basin/Uplands Trail areas of the park myself. And sure, there are still colorful spots all over the park as well. If you get up by Devil’s Doorway, I’m told the view over the valley is pretty nice at the moment.

The bottom line is, if you temper your expectations just a little bit, there’s a lot of beauty out there waiting for you!

Halloween Hikes!

Both Devil’s Lake State Park and Mirror Lake State Park are holding their Halloween Hikes on Saturday, Oct. 21.  It looks like we will have great weather for it! Channel3000.com weather predicts partly sunny, 73 and mild! Click here for details on both hikes.

More Area Events

Oct. 20, 21, 22 – Fall Art Tour – Meet 45 area artists and watch them at work on this self-guided driving tour through Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville, and Mineral Point. Potters, weavers, glassblowers, woodworkers, painters, jewelers, quilters, photographers & sculptors. Meet the artists, experience our workspaces, watch as we create unique works of art. A wide variety of high-quality artwork is available for purchase in every price range.We are proud to be celebrating our 24th Anniversary as one of the most popular art events in the Midwest.

Oct 21, 22 – Trick or Treat With The Big Cats – Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue – Will be held on Saturday, October 21st, and Sunday, October 22nd,2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Come and enjoy watching the Big Cats carve their pumpkins, Trick or Treat while surrounded by Lions, Tigers, and Leopards. Enjoy good food, decorations, and scary music…This is a FREE event, but ” DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED”!!! That way we can keep this a FREE Event. Location: 305 Pine Street, Rock Springs, Wi 53961.

And In The End…

So have fun this weekend. Keep in mind, it’s expected to be busy at Devi’s Lake State Park this weekend. So have patience with everyone around you and be safe out there… Enjoy!


  1. JeanMarie Jones

    of the two, Steinke Basin and UPlands trail, which is the easiest for beginners(not uphill bluffs) would you suggest.? I can go longer distance vs uphill climbs.

    1. Author

      The Steinke Basin Loop is generally flat (smaller hills) and is about 2.5 miles. You could just hike as far as you like, then turn around too. The trail starts in an open area and will eventually head into the forest.

  2. Michael

    Hello Derrick, would you say this weekend is also the best to catch the fall colors at Pewit’s Nest? I plan to visit and shoot some photos there either this weekend or the next. Thanks!

    1. Author

      Hey Michael, You know, I haven’t been out there this week. I’ll have to go take a look. I have to bet this is going to be the better week given the way things have gone in the area and with breezy days and rain in the forecast starting Sunday.

      Update: So I went out and had a look this morning. I’d go this weekend as I said, the trees right around the gorge face area have already gone. There’s a lot of yellow, but not “in frame” for the most popular angles. Just means hauling the creativity out. 🙂

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