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科羅拉多第九高峰Grays Peak五度登頂(2017.08.17)

Grays and Torreys seen from above 11,900’ 2
Grays and Torreys seen from above 11,900’ 


山岳簡介:

Grays Peak(14,270呎/4,350公尺)是科羅拉多州高度排第九的高山,介於Clear Creek CountySummit County兩郡間的高點,它也是Front Range和美國大陸洛磯山脈分水嶺(Continental Divide)的最高峰,她與位在北邊不到一哩的Torreys Peak(14,267呎/4,349公尺)同列科羅拉多的14ers高山。

首登Grays PeakTorreys Peak的是一位植物學家Charles C. Parry,他以他兩位很有名的同事、也是植物學者Asa GrayJohn Torrey之名分別為這兩座山命名,而Asa GrayJohn Torrey真正看到此兩峰卻是在11年後的1872年。

該山我已攀登過四次,此趟是舊地重遊。

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攀登山岳:Grays Peak(海拔14,270呎/4,350公尺)
登山口:Grays Peak Trailhead(海拔11,280呎/3,438公尺)
登山路徑:East Slopes Route
爬升高度:約3,000呎/914公尺
登山里程:來回約8哩/12.8公里
登山時間:含午餐休息計6小時50分

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行車資訊:

從丹佛出發取道I-70州際道路往西行約50哩,由 Bakerville exit (#221) 出交流道,再沿Stevens Gulch Road南行約3哩可抵登山口Grays Peak Trailhead。但這三哩的小路是粗糙的石子路,最好是性能良好的四傳車或高底盤車較易通行,短短三哩路開了二十幾分鐘。

步程簡述:

07:50 登山口出發,渡過橫跨Stevens Gulch Creek的鐵橋後進入Grays Peak Trail,路旁野花已近尾聲。
The hike begins by crossing the creek in Stevens Gulch on this great bridge
The hike begins by crossing the creek in Stevens Gulch on this great bridge
Grays Peak Trail 1
Grays Peak Trail 2
Grays Peak Trail
Kelso Mountain from the trail
Kelso Mountain from the trail
Wildflowers along the trail 1
Wildflowers along the trail


08:10 Grays Peak和Torreys Peak兩座14ers的山形出現在西邊,海拔約11,700呎/3,566公尺。
Grays(L) and Torreys seen from 11,700’ along the trail 2
Grays(L) and Torreys seen from 11,700’ along the trail
Wildflower with Grays Peak in the distance
Wildflower with Grays Peak in the distance
Grays Peak Trail 3
Grays Peak Trail
Hikers are on their way to Grey's Peak 1
Hikers are on their way to Grey's Peak


09:00 抵登山資訊牌(information sign),此地海拔11,900呎/3,627公尺,距登山口約1.5哩;在登山資訊牌處能清楚的西眺Grays Peak和Torreys Peak兩座14ers;
Grays and Torreys seen from above 11,900’ 1
Grays and Torreys seen from above 11,900’ 
Me at the trail from 1.5 miles into the hike
Me at the trail from 1.5 miles into the hike



過了登山資訊牌後登山步道有點上坡,而且轉為狹窄的小徑。
Hikers are on their way to Grey's Peak 2
Hikers are on their way to Grey's Peak
Harebell 1
Harebell 2
Harebell



09:11 抵Stevens Gulch Creek,海拔約12,200呎/3,719公尺,小溪水量很小,已滲入岩石下成伏流水,不必再涉水。
Cross this flat, rocky area near 12,300’ as you hike west toward Torreys Peak 1
Cross this flat, rocky area near 12,300’ as you hike west toward Torreys Peak



09:18 抵傳統步道和Torreys Peak - Kelso Ridge路線分岔,此地海拔12,300呎/3,749公尺,距登山口約1.75哩;
Above 12,300’, at the trail junction for the Kelso Ridge Route 1
Above 12,300’, at the trail junction for the Kelso Ridge Route 2
Above 12,300’, at the trail junction for the Kelso Ridge Route 
Grays(L) and Torreys seen from 12,300’ along the trail
Grays(L) and Torreys seen from 12,300’ along the trail


右往Kelso Ridge攻Torreys,取直上Grays Peak。
Near 12,500’, looking back down on the Kelso Mountain and Stevens Gulch
Near 12,500’, looking back down on the Kelso Mountain and Stevens Gulch
Looking back at the trail that we came from

Near 13,200’, looking back down on the route, with KelsoMountain in full view

 
 
 

10:40 登抵Grays Peak 和Torreys Peak岔路,此地海拔13,300呎/4,054公尺;
Grays & Torreys Peak trail junction

The trail junction of Grays & Torreys Peak trail



右往Grays-Torreys saddle,取此線上saddle後可登Torreys Peak和Grays Peak,左往Grays Peak,一般登山客大多走此線,取左上;登山步道越來越陡峭,休息的間隔也越來越緊密。
Wildflowers along the trail 3
Wildflowers along the trail 4
Wildflowers along the trail



10:53 路左下一塊巨岩登山客稱它為Rock Tower;
Rock tower at 13,400'
Rock tower at 13,400'


這裡海拔13,400呎(4,084公尺),回首來時路下面是Stevens Gulch,登山步道依稀可見,遠處黑影森林處是登山口;距山頂還要爬升兩百多公尺,但卻是無止境的“之”字路!
Looking up the remnant trail from  rock tower

Looking up the remnant trail from  rock tower


Torreys Peak as seen from Grays Peak summit below 1
Torreys Peak as seen from Grays Peak summit below 
 
 


12:10 登頂Grays Peak,這是我第五度登上此座科羅拉多排名第九的14ers。
The summit of Grays Peak
The summit of Grays Peak
On the Grays' summit
On the Grays' summit
On the Grays' summit, background is Torreys Peak
On the Grays' summit, background is Torreys Peak



今天山頂風大,烏雲蠻多的,展望不是很理想,稍作休息後下山。
View to the North from Grays Peak's summit, Torreys Peak in the front
View to the North from Grays Peak's summit, Torreys Peak in the front
On the summit, looking down on the route and Stevens Gulch
On the summit, looking down on the route and Stevens Gulch
Looking down at Stephens Gulch from Grays Peak's summit
Looking down at Stephens Gulch from Grays Peak's summit
Overlooding Bard, Parnassus route from Grays Peak summit

Overlooking Bard, Parnassus route from Grays Peak summit


View to the Southeast from Grays Peak's summit
View to the Southeast from Grays Peak's summit
Looking North to Rocky Mountains  from Grays peak
Looking North to Rocky Mountains  from Grays peak
View to West from Grays peak,  Dillon Reservoir can be seen in the distance
View to West from Grays peak,  Dillon Reservoir can be seen in the distance

Chihuahua Lake to the West of Grays Peak
Chihuahua Lake to the West of Grays Peak

Looking west from the summit of Grays Peak,Mt.of the Holy Cross is in the distance center
Looking west from the summit of Grays Peak,Mt.of the Holy Cross is in the distance center.

 


西南方展望--可遠眺 Mosquito Ranges 的四座14ers--Quandary Peak、Mt. Lincoln 、Mt. Bross 和 Mt. Democrat
Looking SW to Mosquito Ranges from Grays peak 2-1

Looking SW to MosquitoRanges from Grays peak 




12:35 下山,循原路下山。

13:00 下抵Rock Tower處有幾隻Mountain Goats在覓食,不太畏生,可就近拍攝。
Mountain Goat (1)
Mountain Goat (2)
Mountain Goat (3)
Mountain Goat (4)
Mountain Goat (5)
Mountain Goat (7)
Mountain Goat (6)
Mountain Goats


13:20 返抵Grays Peak 和Torreys Peak岔路,取右下往登山口。
Pika at the trail
Pika at the trail


14:40 返抵登山口,此趟上山費時4小時20分,下山費時2小時05分,含休息共費時6小時50分,比起七年前登頂僅花5小時25分鐘實在差很多,真是歲月不饒人!



相關連結:

Grays Peak和Torreys Peak攀登記(攀登日期:2006.09.04)

三度攀登 Grays Peak (2010.08.11)

科羅拉多第九高峰Grays Peak四度登頂 (行程篇)~~2014.07.22

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