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Colorado Trail第六區段Kenosha Pass賞白楊木健行(2017.09.23)

Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (43)

Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass 

今天跟華人登山隊到Kenosha PassColorado Trail賞白楊木(Aspen)Colorado TrailDenver Durango長有486(782公里),共分33個區段(Colorado Trail Resources by Segment  ),今天我們要走的是屬於第六區段Kenosha Pass Goldhill Trailhead這一區段的一小部分,我們從US 285公路西側的Kenosha Pass campground parking lot 登山口起登,沿著Colorado Trail西行,越過稜線後俯瞰South Park一望無際的山谷平原,蠻經典的一條路線。

往年到Kenosha Pass白楊木都是走US 285 Hwy東側的區段,從沒走過US 285 Hwy西側的區段,今天走了之後發現景觀有別於東側的區段,大體來說東側的區段是走在高大的白楊木林裡,感覺上是被淹沒在一片金黃的林海裡;而走在西側的區段上則是曝露在稜線上,白楊木是沒東側區段那麼壯觀,但卻一路俯瞰South Park一望無際的山谷平原,真有不同的感受,可惜今天天候太差,中午過後又下起雨來,心裡想著,找個艷陽天一定會再來走一趟,今年如來不及就明年吧!

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登山步道Colorado Trail第六區段Kenosha Pass

登山口Colorado Trail Section #6 Trailhead (KenoshaPass campground)

登山口海拔:約10,000(3,048公尺)

登山里程:來回約7.5(12公里)

總爬升高度1,200(366公尺)

登山時間3小時45

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行車資訊:

Golden開車沿CO-470南下,在Exit 5A出口下交流道後走US-285 SFairplay西南行;一路沿US-285 S西南行約46.8哩後抵達Kenosha Pass,停車於右側Kenosha Pass campground parking lot


Rainbow along US 285 Hwy (1)
Rainbow along US 285 Hwy (4)
Rainbow along US 285 Hwy
步程簡述:

我們先到東側的停車場走走順便上個廁所,氣象預報早知今天天氣不好,所以前天趁著好天氣就先偕同太座來過,今天是假日雖然天氣很差,但遊客還是滿山滿谷,只因這一週是白楊木葉子變色的尖峰期(peak),錯過這一尖峰期只好再期待明年了!
Fall colors, Kenosha Pass (2)
Fall colors, Kenosha Pass (6)
Fall colors, Kenosha Pass (8)
Fall colors, Kenosha Pass
Colorado Trailhead at Kenosha Pass (2)
Colorado Trailhead at Kenosha Pass (4)
Colorado Trailhead at Kenosha Pass
09:50 回到US-285西側Kenosha Pass 露營區的Colorado Trail Section #6 Trailhead出發;

Segment 6 of the Colorado Trail begins at the Kenosha Pass campground on highway 285 (2)

Segment 6 of the Colorado Trail begins at the Kenosha Pass campground on highway 285 
 
 
 
沿著小徑進入白楊木林中西行,小緩坡,此段步道是行人、越野單車共用路線,所以不時有單車經過,宜加小心。


Fall colors, Kenosha Pass (10)
Fall colors, Kenosha Pass
Colorado Trail (1)
Colorado Trail (2)
Colorado Trail

09:55 穿越露營區一條車道繼續沿登山小徑前進。

10:00 進入一片純松林,在純松林間行約四、五分鐘後又進入白楊木、松林混生林中緩坡上行。

10:07 步道左側松林中有一座以松樹枯木架成類似印地安圓錐形帳蓬(Tepee)的建物,可能是可做為臨時避難處,類似的建物往後的路程還有多座。


Amazing shelters along the trail  (1)
Amazing shelters along the trail 
10:16 抵稜線高點,視野豁然開朗,這也是步道的一處越稜點,設有一張木椅供登山客休息賞景,此處海拔10,398(3,169公尺),距登山口約1.1哩;
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (3)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass 
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (4)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (8)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (9)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass


在此高點俯瞰南邊的South Park valley area開闊的草原展望頗佳,在此休息五六分鐘後續行,開始在開闊地緩坡下行,步道兩旁是稀疏的小白楊木,不妨礙好展望。


The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail (6)
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail (7)
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail
Colorado Trail (4)
Colorado Trail (5)
Colorado Trail (7)
Colorado Trail

10:27 再次進入白楊木林中下行。


Colorado Trail (8)
Colorado Trail

10:33 路右一片空曠草原,勿進入,路徑偏向左行。


Colorado Trail (10)
Colorado Trail

10:40 山友羅兄遇到遇到一位他的舊識,牽著三隻可愛的雪橇犬(malamute)來登山,閒聊一陣子後續行。


Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (13)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (16)

10:49 出白楊木林抵另一高點,海拔10,372(3,161公尺),距登山口約2.0哩;
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (21)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass 



路邊岩石突出處又是一處展望點,俯瞰下方山谷平原有兩座湖泊,左邊湖泊是Baker Lake,右邊不知名湖泊似為一家度假村之類的場所。


Baker Lake
Baker Lake
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail (13)
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail
View from The Colorado Trail, overlooking South Park, near Kenosha Pass (4)
View from The Colorado Trail, overlooking South Park, near Kenosha Pass

在展望點小休後沿步道繼續下行,偶而穿過白楊木林,絕大部分時間是行在開闊毫無掩蔽的斜坡草原步道上,西邊不遠處海拔10,511(3,203 公尺)Jefferson Hill特別顯眼,而在更遠的幾座13ers則因烏雲密布而無法分辨。


The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail (16)
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail
Jefferson Hill from Colorado Trail
Jefferson Hill from Colorado Trail
View from The Colorado Trail, overlooking South Park, near Kenosha Pass (5)
View from The Colorado Trail, overlooking South Park, near Kenosha Pass
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (29)
Colorado Trail (11)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (33)
Colorado Trail (14)
Colorado Trail

11:20 在步道左側一突出沿石展望點休息午餐,午餐後繼續下行。


Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (35)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (41)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail (18)
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail (20)
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail
Colorado Trail (18)
Colorado Trail (19)
Colorado Trail
Jefferson Hill from Colorado Trail (7)
Jefferson Hill from Colorado Trail

11:50 登山步道穿越一條越野車車道(County Road 809)後進入白楊木林續行。


Colorado Trail (20)
Colorado Trail

11:52 由一根獨木橋跨過Guernsey Creek,海拔9,844(3,000公尺),距登山口約3.1哩。


Crossing a makeshift log bridge at Guernsey Creek
Crossing a makeshift log bridge at Guernsey Creek

11:55 出白楊木林,面對的又是一片寬闊大草原,左側不遠處有簡易圍籬,應是農場界線。


Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass (47)
Taken from Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass
Colorado Trail (25)
Colorado Trail

12:25 看前面烏雲密布,即將下雨的樣子大家決定下撤,此處海拔約9,880(3,011公尺),距登山口約3.75哩;
The view of the South Park valley area from Colorado Trail (23)


下撤沒幾分鐘就下起雨來了,大夥兒穿起雨衣趕路下山。

13:10 返抵座椅高點。


Colorado Trail (28)
Colorado Trail


13:35 返抵登山口,還好沒太狼狽,在登山口沒多作久留搭小李的便車回家。


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