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登Crater Lakes賞花行(2017.08.01)

South Crater Lake 3
South Crater Lake 
 
 
Crater Lakes位在James Peak Wilderness範圍內,是一處五個高山湖構成的登山景點,登山口在Rollinsville西邊約7.5哩處屬於Union Pacific Railroad火車隧道東入口(Moffat Tunnel)East Portal TrailheadCrater Lakes五個湖的分佈可分為上、中、下三層,最下層一個湖位在中層南、北兩湖出水口下方,因為較偏遠,且路徑陡峭較少人前往;中層有兩個湖,因分處南、北兩方位,故稱為南湖(South Crater Lake)跟北湖(North Crater Lake),這兩湖是一般遊客必到的地方,而一般所稱的Crater Lakes大概就是指這兒,北湖四周的森林空地是非常理想的露營營地;最上層距中層雖只約0.5哩,但因爬昇甚高、路徑陡峭,所以也較少人攀登,最上層也有兩個湖略呈東西向排列,登上此地不但居高臨下,而且沿途有盛開野花依偎著小瀑流水,景色極為迷人。

該湖區我已登臨多次,且五個湖均已造訪過;小孫子貝貝也跟我爬過中間的南、北兩湖,前天祖孫倆又去登此湖區,這次又多走了Upper Crater Lakes的東、西兩湖,下湖則因怕時間太晚且路跡較不清楚而沒下去造訪。

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攀登湖泊:
Middle Crater Lakes—
       North Crater Lake(10,600
/3,231公尺)
       South Crater Lake(10,575
/3,223公尺)
Upper Crater Lakes—
       East Lake (11,050
/3,368公尺)
       West Lake (11,100
/3,383公尺)
登山口East Portal Trailhead(海拔約9,220/2,810公尺)
登山里程:來回約7.5(12公里)
爬升高度:約1,950(594公尺)
登山時間6小時20

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行車資訊:
BoulderBoulder Canyon Road(CO 119)西行,16哩後抵Nederland小鎮,接Peak To Peak 景觀公路(CO 119, CO 72)南下,行4.8哩抵Rollinsville,右轉E. Portal road (Rollins Pass) 西行,約7.5哩後行車終點(Moffat Tunnel)即為登山口,此處是Union Pacific Railroad火車隧道的東入口。

步程簡述:
09:50
East Portal Trailhead(海拔約9,220)South Boulder Creek Trail的指示牌沿步道前進;
East Portal Trailhead
East Portal Trailhead
Moffat Tunnel - East Portal
Moffat Tunnel - East Portal
 
 
先經一小段狹小步道後進入寬敞的舊車道沿著South Boulderreek西進,沿途夾雜著雲杉、冷杉、白楊木和草原。
10:00
經過James Peak Wilderness 界碑(木牌告示)(距登山口約0.25 )
Entering James Peak Wilderness area
Entering James Peak Wilderness area
 
 
 
10:30 抵達Arapaho Lakes Forest Lakes Trail 岔路(距登山口約1.25 哩,海拔約9,555),右往Arapaho Lakes
Forest Lakes,左往South Boulder Creek TRCrater Lakes TR,取左直行。
Forest Lakes & South Boulder Creek Trail fork
Forest Lakes & South Boulder Creek Trail fork
 
 
 
10:57 抵達Crater Lakes Trail 岔路(距登山口約1.95 哩,海拔約9,930),左往South Boulder Creek TRRogers Pass,右往Crater Lakes,取右在森林中盤升;
Crater Lakes & South Boulder Creek Trail fork
Crater Lakes & South Boulder Creek Trail fork
 
 
 
此後步道轉為較陡峭,偶有大岩石、難走地形,如此路段大約有0.7哩,直到稜線平緩地形。
James Peak from Crater Lakes Trail
James Peak from Crater Lakes Trail
Taken from a James Peak viewpoint
Taken from a James Peak viewpoint
 
 
 
11:47 抵達Crater Lakes南湖出水口(距登山口約2.85 哩,海拔約10,543)
South Crater Lake outlet
South Crater Lake outlet
 
 
 
11:52  抵達South Crater Lake (距登山口約3.00 哩,海拔約10,575)
South Crater Lake 2
South Crater Lake 4
South Crater Lake 
Taken from South Crater Lake 1
Taken from South Crater Lake 5
Taken from South Crater Lake 2
Taken from South Crater Lake 
 
 
12:10 South Crater Lake 北岸越過一小段步道即抵達North Crater Lake (距登山口約3.05 哩,海拔約10,600)North Crater Lake是此處最大的一座湖,四周有多處營地,在此午餐。
North Crater Lake 2
North Crater Lake 1
North Crater Lake 3
North Crater Lake 5
Middle Crater Lake(north) 9
North Crater Lake 
Eating by North Crater Lake
Eating by North Crater Lake
 
 
 
12:40 前往Upper Crater Lake;在South Crater LakeNorth Crater Lake中間稜線的西北方有一座海拔約11,130呎的山崙高地,由North Crater LakeUpper Crater Lake有兩條路徑,一條是在11,130呎山崙高地的右側(),先沿North Crater Lake西北岸走到遇小溪處左上切,路徑在小溪邊上登,有點陡峭難行;另一條則是在11,130呎山崙高地的左側(),由山崙左側碎石坡朝上往鞍部陡升。前兩次登Upper Crater Lake都是走北側路線,今天嘗試走南側路線。
Blooming wildflowers along the trail (1)-1
Lead to Upper Crater Lakes



南側路線很陡,但野花很多且正在盛開,美極了!
Blooming wildflowers along the trail (2)
Blooming wildflowers along the trail (3)
Blooming wildflowers along the trail (4)
Blooming wildflowers along the trail 


步道越往上升視野越好,俯瞰North Crater LakeSouth Crater Lake平躺在森林環抱中。
Blooming wildflowers along the trail (5)-1
Looking down Crater Lakes from high point
Looking down Crater Lakes from high point
Taken from Crater Lakes Trail high point 2
Taken from Crater Lakes Trail high point 1
Taken from Crater Lakes Trail high point 
A talus field near the ridge 1
A talus field near the ridge 2
A talus field near the ridge 
 
 
 
13:30 上抵11,130呎山崙高地的左側()鞍部,此處海拔約11,100呎,Upper Crater LakeWest Lake就平臥在北側約一百來多呎的山腳下。

Looking down at upper lake from the ridge 2
Looking down at upper lake from the ridge 3
Looking down at upper lake from the ridge 
 
 
 
稜線鞍部要下到山腳下的West Lake是不算很陡的巨石坡,下切不算難,不用10分鐘即抵達湖岸;
Hiking down the talus field 1
Hiking down the talus field 2
Hiking down the talus field 
Upper Crater Lakes (west) 1
Upper Crater Lakes (west) 3
Upper Crater Lakes (west) 5
Upper Crater Lakes (west) 4
Upper Crater Lakes (west) 2
Upper Crater Lakes (west) 
 
 
繞過湖岸下到稍低一點的East Lake,海拔約在11,000尺左右;
Cascade
Cascade at West Upper Crater Lake below
 
 
East LakeWest Lake小了許多,是一座小而美的小湖!
Upper Crater Lakes (east) 1
Upper Crater Lakes (east) 2
Upper Crater Lakes (east) 6
Upper Crater Lakes (east) 5
Upper Crater Lakes (east) 4
Upper Crater Lakes (east) 
Upper Crater Lakes
Upper Crater Lakes
 
 
 
14:00 下山,沿著East Lake東岸直接下切,回程走11,130呎山崙高地的北側路線下山。

Overlook middle Crater Lakes from upper lakes 1
Overlook middle Crater Lakes from upper lakes 
Blooming wildflowers along the trail (6)
Cascade along the trail
Cascade along the trail
From upper lakes down to middle lakes
From upper lakes down to middle lakes
 
 
 
14:24 下抵North Crater Lake西北角湖岸,再沿North Crater Lake西北岸回到南、北兩湖間的森林稜線剛好走了一個環線(loop)O走。
Blooming wildflowers along the trail (7)
Blooming wildflowers along the trail (8)
Blooming wildflowers along the trail 
North Crater Lake 4
North Crater Lake 5
North Crater Lake 
 
 
 
14:30 循原路下山,於16:10回到登山口,開車回家。






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