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登落磯山國家公園Glacier Gorge七個高山湖泊(2015.08.29)

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Hiking route
Hiking route

登山里程:約12.3(19.68公里)
總爬升高度:約2,200(670公尺)
登山時間7.5小時(含休息午餐)
攀登湖泊
Bear Lake~~海拔9,450(2,880公尺)
Nymph Lake~~海拔9,705(2,958公尺)
Dream Lake~~海拔9,912(3,021公尺)
Lake Haiyaha~~海拔10,221(3,115公尺)
The Loch~~海拔10,192(3,107公尺)
Lake of Glass~~海拔10,808(3,294公尺)
Sky Pond~~海拔10, 10,887(3,318公尺)
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清晨五點多從女兒家中出發,07:15抵達Estes Park,在Lake Estes發現一大群麋鹿(Elk)停下來拍照花去不少時間。

Elk, Lake Estes 7Elk, Lake Estes 6Elk, Lake Estes 5Elk, Lake Estes 4Elk, Lake Estes 3Elk, Lake Estes 2Elk, Lake Estes 1


八點半抵達Bear Lake停車場,我是最後第二個停車位,運氣超好,否則又要開到Park & Ride再搭Shuttle Bus進來,起碼要多花將近一小時的時間。

Bear Lake parking lot
Bear Lake parking lot

08:35 Bear Lake停車場出發,先到Bear Lake繞一下。
08:36 Bear Lake,來得稍晚,水面已起波紋,拍不出Hallett Peak的倒影;

Bear Lake
Bear Lake

回到停車場西南角登山口,右上往Dream Lake不取,取左下往Alberta Falls
08:48 抵達Glacier Gorge Trailhead岔路口,左下往Glacier Gorge Trailhead,取右上直行往Alberta Falls

Glacier Gorge Junction 1
Glacier Gorge Junction 

09:00 抵達Alberta Falls,海拔9,423(2,872公尺),距登山口1.3哩;
Alberta Falls
Alberta Falls

一個多禮拜前才和小孫子貝貝來過,不作停留,沿山徑續行。
09:25 抵達North Longs Peak Trail junction,是一越稜點,海拔9,768(2,977公尺),距登山口2.1哩,左行是Boulder Brook Trail,可通往公園內第一高峰Longs Peak,取右續上,這附近因是越稜點,展望不錯。

North Longs Peak Trail junction
North Longs Peak Trail junction
Glacier Gorge trail 1
Glacier Gorge trail 2
Glacier Gorge trail 

09:39 抵達Glacier Gorge Junction,是一三叉路,此處海拔9,804(2,988公尺),距登山口2.6哩,右往Lake Haiyaha,里程標示1.9哩,可續往Dream LakeBear Lake停車場,下山時若時間許可打算沿該線下山;中間直行是通往Loch ValeSky Pond的路徑;左往Mills LakeBlack Lake
Glacier Gorge Junction 2
Glacier Gorge Junction

取中線直行往Loch ValeSky Pond,路徑沿著Icy Brook右岸緩升,不時聽到隆隆的流水聲。
09:59 步道來到“之”字形盤升路段,還好坡度不大;此處海拔9,985(3,043公尺),距登山口3.0哩,
10:05 抵達The Loch(或稱Loch Vale),誠如其名The Loch是一座狹長的峽灣湖,岸邊岩石上好多釣客,海拔10,192(3,107公尺),距登山口3.4哩;

The Loch 1
The Loch 3
The Loch 4
The Loch 5
The Loch 

The Loch東北岸小休後沿著湖的北岸往西南向續行,行約0.3哩後脫離The Loch進入濃密的松林往西南爬升。
10:50 抵達Andrews Glacier Trail junction海拔10,379(3,164公尺),距登山口4.3哩,右上不明顯路徑可通往Andrews Glacier,里程約一哩;取左續往Sky Pond

Andrews Glacier Trail junction
Andrews Glacier Trail junction
The Cathedral wall 1
The Cathedral wall 

Andrews Glacier Trail junction不久,經過一片大草原後山徑轉為較為陡峭的岩石小徑,開始往Timberline Falls爬升。
Timberline Falls tumbles out of Glass Lake 2
Timberline Falls tumbles out of Glass Lake 
Timberline Falls tumbles out of Glass Lake 1
遠眺Timberline Falls 

11:12 抵達Timberline Falls海拔10,642(3,244公尺),距登山口4.7哩;Timberline FallsLake Of Glass出水口由岩壁傾瀉而下所形成,高低落差有100呎。
Timberline Falls just below Glass Lake.about 50 feet high
Timberline Falls
Timberline Falls just below Glass Lake


11:30 在瀑布下小休後離開Timberline Falls,由瀑布右側小攀岩上山,地形有點難,小心攀爬。
Scramble up this chute to the right of the falls to get to Lake of Glass
Scramble up this chute to the right of the falls to get to Lake of Glass

11:37 抵達Lake Of Glass海拔10,808(3,294公尺),距登山口4.9哩;
Lake of Glass 1
Lake of Glass 3
Lake of Glass
Looking down at The Loch from Lake of Glass
Looking down at The Loch from Lake of Glass


由湖的右岸穿過不明小徑續往Sky Pond
11:50 抵達Sky Pond海拔10, 10,887(3,318公尺) ,距登山口5.3哩;

Sky Pond 1 (2)
Sky Pond 3
Sky Pond 
Sky Pond and Taylor Peak
Sky Pond and Taylor Peak
Sky Pond 1該湖被Taylor Peak(左)Petit Grepon(右)等崢嶸距沿環繞著,真是一座名符其實的天池;找個石頭坐坐一邊用中餐一邊欣賞美景。
Southeast Face of Petit Grepon from Sky Pond
Southeast Face of Petit Grepon from Sky Pond
The Cathedral Spires are seen looking NW from Sky Pond
The Cathedral Spires are seen looking NW from Sky Pond
Looking down at Lake of Glass  from Sky Pond 2
Looking down at Lake of Glass  from Sky Pond 
Looking down at Lake of Glass , taken from Sky Pond
Looking down at Lake of Glass , taken from Sky Pond

12:35 循原路下山。
12:45 抵達Lake Of Glass
12:57 返抵Timberline Falls,續下。

Timberline Falls 1
Timberline Falls 

13:20 抵達The Loch西南岸,沿北岸續行下山。
The Loch 6
The Loch西南岸往東北眺

13:55 返抵Glacier Gorge Junction,時間許可,取左側岔路往Lake Haiyaha,路牌標示距Lake Haiyaha 1.9哩。
14:09 路右一潭無名小潭。

Unnamed lake
Unnamed lake
Overlooking Longs Peak  from Lake Haiyaha trail
Overlooking Longs Peak  from Lake Haiyaha trail


14:34 抵達Dream Lake岔路,右往Dream Lake;取左往Lake Haiyaha,距離還有0.2哩。
Dream Lake junction
Dream Lake junction

14:43 抵達Lake Haiyaha,此湖海拔10,221(3,115公尺)
A panoramic of Lake Haiyaha
A panoramic of Lake Haiyaha

所謂Haiyaha在印第安語意指“大石頭”,因為此湖湖岸是由無以數計的大巨石環繞而成,而大石上隙縫中又長出許多年代久遠的造型優美、樹幹扭曲的松樹,在湖岸之後湛藍的湖水襯托之下,真是如詩如畫。
Lake Haiyaha 3
Lake Haiyaha 6
Lake Haiyaha 7
Lake Haiyaha 

14:52 離開Lake Haiyah下山。
14:57 Bear Lake岔路,取左往Bear Lake
Overlooking Longs Peak from Lake Haiyaha trail 1
Overlooking Longs Peak from Lake Haiyaha trail 
Looking down at Nymph Lake & Bear Lake from Lake Haiyaha trail
Looking down at Nymph Lake & Bear Lake from Lake Haiyaha trail

15:20 抵達Bear Lake,此湖來的次數真不計其數,稍作停留隨即下山。
Dream Lake 2
Dream Lake 1
Dream Lake 
Overlooking Longs Peak from Dream Lake trail
Overlooking Longs Peak from Dream Lake trail

15:44 抵達Nymph Lake
Nymph Lake
Nymph Lake

16:00 返抵Bear Lake
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