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登高山湖泊Lincoln Lake—經由Resthouse Meadow Trail (2017.09.10)

Lincoln Lake from Mount Evans Scenic Byway 1
Lincoln Lake from Mount Evans Scenic Byway (2014.09.11)


週日隨同華人登山隊前往Mount Evans Wilderness經由Resthouse Meadow Trail攀登Lincoln Lake

Lincoln Lake海拔11,624呎(3,543公尺),位在Mount Evans Wilderness範圍內,距離CO-103公路邊的Echo Lake Campground5.3哩。該湖位於Mount Evans Scenic Byway往山頂途中道路東邊下方800呎(244公尺)的峽谷下,道路右邊即是海拔13,391呎(4,082公尺)的高山Roger Peak,開車路過即可俯瞰整個湖面;該湖四周佈滿大石塊,湖岸有限的土地則是生長著北美所謂的柳樹(Willows)和古老的Bristlecone pine,這些Bristlecone pines松樹生長在美國西南部,其果有針刺,出現在Mount Evans Wilderness範圍內的Bristlecone pine樹齡介於1500 ~ 2500年之間。

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攀登湖泊:Lincoln Lake (海拔11,624呎/3,543公尺)
登山口:Echo Lake Trailhead(海拔10,707呎/3,264公尺)
登山里程:10.6 哩(16.96公里)
總爬升高度:2,140呎(652公尺)
登山時間:5小時37分

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行車資訊:
Golden開車沿I-70州際公路西行,約20哩後在Idaho Springs由Exit 240出口左轉西南行即為Mount Evans Scenic Byway(CO 103)公路,沿CO 103公路行約13哩多右轉CO-5 S往Mount Evans上行,隨即在管制哨前左轉停車於登山口停車場。

步程簡述:

08:48 登山口(Echo Lake Trailhead)出發,登山口就在廁所旁邊,海拔10,707呎(3,264公尺)。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (1)
Resthouse Meadow Trailhead



登山口進去兩旁是露營區,行約兩分鐘見到附近景區大木板導覽圖及“Chicago Lakes Trai”、“Resthouse Meadow Trail”路標指示牌,取左往Resthouse Meadow Trail前進。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (2)
Resthouse Meadow Trail



09:05 進入“Mount Evans Wilderness”範圍,此處距登山口約0.5哩;設有登山客登記處,該資料純為管理當局統計、服務、參考用,登山客自行登記。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (9)
Resthouse Meadow Trail



進入“Mount Evans Wilderness”範圍後步道仍在雲杉(spruce-fir)林中穩健爬升。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (12)
Resthouse Meadow Trail
Pyrola (fruits)
Pyrola (fruits)

09:22 爬升上第一越稜點,此處海拔約11,090呎(3,380公尺),距登山口0.95哩;
Resthouse Meadow Trail (15)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (16)


步道越稜後右轉開始往Vance Creek下切,下切途中出現小棵白楊木(Aspen)葉子已開始轉黃。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (31)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (29)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (22)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (24)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (35)
Resthouse Meadow Trail



09:50 下抵Vance Creek,海拔10,496呎(3,199公尺) ,距登山口2.0哩;
Crossing wooden bridge at Vance Creek 1
Crossing wooden bridge at Vance Creek 


過一木橋後步道繼續在雲杉(spruce-fir)林中朝南穩健爬升。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (46)
Resthouse Meadow Trail



10:10 穿出森林出現一片大空地,此處是另一處小越稜點,海拔約10,709呎(3,264公尺),距登山口約2.3哩,空地上有兩大堆cairn,以利積雪太厚時辨識路跡;
Resthouse Meadow Trail (47)
Resthouse Meadow Trail 



穿過空地隨即又進入林中南行,此處步道較為緩平無爬升。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (56)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (58)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (64)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (72)
Resthouse Meadow Trail (74)
Resthouse Meadow Trail



10:55 步道穿過一處類似低窪沼澤地後續行,步道旁路續出現不少倒木、枯木。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (67)
Resthouse Meadow Trail



11:14 抵達森林大火災區,海拔11,278呎(3,438公尺),距登山口4.15哩;該森林大火發生在1968年,地點靠近Lincoln Lake,當年不明原因的森林大火燃燒面積約700英畝(約283公頃),附近的Resthouse建物也在大火中焚毀;該地區Resthouse Meadow 在1964 年也發生一次人為的森林大火,那次則燒毀1076 英畝。
Lincoln Lake burn area (5)
Lincoln Lake burn area (10)
Lincoln Lake burn area
Mount Evans from Lincoln Lake burn area 1
Mount Evans from Lincoln Lake burn area



11:24 步道轉為西行,仍在災後枯木林中朝Lincoln Lake前進,步道轉向後清楚看到Mount Evans山頭就在西南方遠處。
Lincoln Lake burn area (12)
Lincoln Lake burn area (34)
Lincoln Lake burn area (27)
Lincoln Lake burn area (36)
Lincoln Lake burn area (41)
Lincoln Lake burn area
Mount Evans from Lincoln Lake burn area 2
Mount Evans from Lincoln Lake burn area 3
Mount Evans from Lincoln Lake burn area



11:40 脫離森林大火災區後又進入林中朝Lincoln Lake西行,步道路況越來亂石越多,較為難行,最後步道抵Lincoln Lake上方時顯得有點分歧不易辨識,自行找路下切。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (79)
Lincoln Lake trail


11:50 抵達Lincoln Lake,海拔11,624呎(3,543公尺),距登山口5.3哩。
Lincoln Lake (24)
Lincoln Lake (15)
Lincoln Lake (8)
Lincoln Lake (22)
Lincoln Lake



Lincoln Lake湖邊都是大石塊,山坡上及岩石間長了不少willows和古老的Bristlecone pine,湖的後面(西)高高岩壁上即是通往Mount Evans的景觀道路,湖邊不時看到公路上汽車經過,我們就在湖邊休息用中餐。
Bristlecone pine 1
Bristlecone pine
Resthouse Meadow Trail (80)
Bristlecone pine
Taken from Lincoln Lake (15)
Taken from Lincoln Lake (12)
Taken from Lincoln Lake (8)
Taken from Lincoln Lake (36)
Taken from Lincoln Lake (1)
Taken from Lincoln Lake (30)
Taken from Lincoln Lake (18)
Taken from Lincoln Lake (28)
Lincoln Lake (6)
Taken from Lincoln Lake



12:20 天空烏雲密佈有下雨的跡象啟程下山。

12:45 離開森林大火災區後沒多久就下起雨來,大家披上雨具快步下行。

13:24 抵達大空地小越稜點,雨勢不歇,還好不是傾盆大雨。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (86)
Resthouse Meadow Trail



13:31 下抵Vance Creek,過橋後開始上坡。
Crossing wooden bridge at Vance Creek 2
Resthouse Meadow Trail (93)

14:03 上到越稜點左轉下山。
Resthouse Meadow Trail (95)



14:25 全身濕透中返抵登山口,稍作整裝後搭車下山。
Resthouse Meadow Trailhead 2

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