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攀登高山湖泊Chinns Lake、Fall River Reservoir(2017.09.30)

A look back at Lower Chinns Lake from Upper Chinns Lake 2
A look back at Lower Chinns Lake from Upper Chinns Lake

今天和華人登山隊前往Idaho Springs附近攀登Chinns LakeFall River Reservoir三個高山湖,女兒、太座和小孫子貝貝同行,現在已是枯水期,湖水幾乎見底,失去原來滿水位時的光彩;還好近幾天山上下了些雪,積雪的山頭稍為彌補湖水見底的缺憾!

攀登湖泊:

Lower Chinns Lake:海拔11,040呎(3,365公尺)

Upper Chinns Lake:海拔11,080呎(3,377公尺)

Fall River Reservoir:海拔10,824呎(3,299公尺)

登山里程:8.2哩(13.12公里)

總爬升高度:約1,780呎(543公尺)

登山時間:4小時55分
同行山友:一共15人

其中包含多跑一趟Chinns Lake的里程、時間,實際里程約6.6哩(10.56公里),總爬升高度約1,500呎(457公尺)。

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行車資訊:

I-70州際公路西行,在238出口下交流道,朝Fall River Rd前進於Fall River Rd向右轉,Fall River Rd西北行約6.6 哩於急右轉彎處取左岔沿Rainbow Rd續往西北行;
Fall River Rd & CR 275 Rd junction
Fall River Rd & CR 275 Rd junction



Rainbow Rd行約1.5哩路況不佳停車路邊改為步行,停車處海拔約10,100呎(3,078公尺)。

步程簡述:

09:00 停車處出發,海拔約10,100呎(3,078公尺)。
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd (1)
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd



09:04 過Fall River,過河前路左有一小停車空間,地圖上標示為Rainbow road parking lot;過Fall River後石子路右彎續上行。
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd (2)
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd (3)
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd (4)
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd



09:09 遇岔路,岔路口立有一面“1826”並附書No Parking的木牌;
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd (5)
CR 275 Rd fork
CR 275 Rd fork


取左上行(正確應取右行)數十公尺遇鐵門,路旁立有“Bill Moore Lake、Breckinridge Peak、Mt. Flora、Berthoud Pass”木製步道指示牌;
Continental Divide Trail Sign
Continental Divide Trail Sign


發現走錯下切回正確步道續行,石子路下方有一處疑是礦場遺址。
Old mining ruins along the trail
Old mining ruins along the trail
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd (6)
Hiking to Chinns Lake along CR 275 Rd


09:25 岔路,岔路口大石頭噴有紅色No Parking及淺藍色箭頭指向左岔,此岔路右往Fall River Reservoir,左往Chinns Lake,此處海拔約10,397呎(3,169公尺),距停車處約0.9哩,距Fall River Rd與Rainbow Rd岔路約2.4哩。
Chinns Lake & Fall River Reservoir fork 1
Chinns Lake & Fall River Reservoir fork


我們本來是要先去Fall River Reservoir,當取左岔行一小段路後才發現走錯了,左岔是往Chinns Lake的路,但Google地圖上往Chinns Lake上行約0.7哩處另有一岔路往Fall River Reservoir,所以還是繼續上行,此時路旁積雪越來越多,隨著海拔的升高,路面也多處積雪,積雪經Jeep碾壓過的結冰部分蠻滑的,不太好走,部分山友穿起了冰爪。
Chinns Lake jeep road (1)
Chinns Lake jeep road (4)
Chinns Lake jeep road (2)
Chinns Lake jeep road



10:15 一路往上行並未發現通往Fall River Reservoir的岔路,已經到了Lower Chinns Lake,此處海拔11,040呎(3,365公尺),距停車處約1.9哩,距Fall River Rd與Rainbow Rd岔路約3.4哩。
Lower Chinns Lake 1
Lower Chinns Lake
Taken from Lower Chinns Lake (10)
Taken from Lower Chinns Lake (8)
Taken from Lower Chinns Lake (7)
Taken from Lower Chinns Lake (6)
Taken from Lower Chinns Lake



Lower Chinns Lake水位極低,差點見底,幾部機具停湖邊,正在做清淤泥工程;
Chinns Lake jeep road (3)
Lower Chinns Lake, an old cabin ruin right next to the lake 3-1
Lower Chinns Lake


湖的東南角有一座早期礦場木屋遺址,來年滿水位時再來一趟,網路照片滿水位蠻美的!
Lower Chinns Lake, an old cabin ruin right next to the lake 2
Lower Chinns Lake, an old cabin ruin right next to the lake
View of Chinns Lake through the old cabin ruin window 1
View of Chinns Lake through the old cabin ruin window
Lower Chinns Lake 3-1
Lower Chinns Lake  (1)-1
Lower Chinns Lake  (5)
Lower Chinns Lake 


我們沿著湖的南岸西行,繞道Upper Chinns Lake;
Chinns Lake jeep road (5)
Chinns Lake jeep road
Upper Chinns Lake (5)
Upper Chinns Lake (2)
Upper Chinns Lake
Upper Chinns Lake (7)
Upper Chinns Lake (8)
Upper Chinns Lake 
A look back at Lower Chinns Lake from Upper Chinns Lake 1
A look back at Lower Chinns Lake from Upper Chinns Lake
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake (23)
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake (21)
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake (3)
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake (19)
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake (9)
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake Dam, background is Lower Chinns Lake 1
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake Dam, background is Lower Chinns Lake 2
Taken from Upper Chinns Lake Dam, background is Lower Chinns Lake 



然後經由Upper Chinns Lake東岸繞道Lower Chinns Lake北岸環湖一圈;
Walking through a snow-covered forest 1
Walking through a snow-covered forest 2
Walking through a snow-covered forest 3
Walking through a snow-covered forest 


並在Lower Chinns Lake北岸找一處湖邊休息用中餐,如此環湖一圈約一哩左右才下山。
Eating lunch along Chinns Lake (2)
Eating lunch along Chinns Lake (1)
Eating lunch along Chinns Lake (3)
Eating lunch along Chinns Lake (4)
Eating lunch along Chinns Lake (5)
Eating lunch along Chinns Lake



11:30 循原路下山,沿途到通往Fall River Reservoir的岔路處一再尋找就是看不到往Fall River Reservoir的岔路痕跡,只好繼續往下行。

11:55 抵達Chinns Lake和Fall River Reservoir的Jeep Road岔路,取左往Fall River Reservoir;
Chinns Lake & Fall River Reservoir fork 2
Fall River Rd & CR 275 Rd junction



此段路面看起來比往Chinns Lake的路面好一些,坡度也沒那麼陡,沿途遇到幾輛ATV(All-Terrain Vehicles),老美很喜歡這種運動,尤其是洛磯山脈困難地形山區。
Fall River Reservoir jeep road (1)
Fall River Reservoir jeep road (2)
Fall River Reservoir jeep road
ATV on the Fall River Reservoir jeep road 1
ATV on the Fall River Reservoir jeep road 2
ATV on the Fall River Reservoir jeep road


12:08 Jeep Road跨過Fall River。
Fall River
Fall River
12,850' point as seen from the Fall River Reservoir jeep road, ahead of Mount Eva
12,850' point as seen from the Fall River Reservoir jeep road, ahead of Mount Eva
The shelter along the Fall River Reservoir jeep road
The shelter along the Fall River Reservoir jeep road



12:20 抵達Fall River Reservoir大壩下,由右側一鐵柵門處繞過上大壩。
Fall River Reservoir Dam
Fall River Reservoir Dam
View to East from Fall River Reservoir
View to East from Fall River Reservoir


12:26 抵達Fall River Reservoir,海拔10,824呎(3,299公尺),距Chinns Lake和Fall River Reservoir的Jeep Road岔路約0.9哩。
Taken from Fall River Reservoir (5)
Taken from Fall River Reservoir (7)
Taken from Fall River Reservoir (11)
Taken from Fall River Reservoir



Fall River Reservoir也是枯水期,淺淺的一灘水沒滿水位的壯觀,湖的後面是海拔13,130呎(4,002 公尺)的Mount Eva,但真正的山頭被前面的12,850峰擋住無法看到,湖的右後方積雪山頭則是海拔13,391呎(4,082 公尺)的Parry Peak。
Fall River Reservoir (2)-1
Fall River Reservoir


12:40 下山,我發現相機的空袋子似乎放在Chinns Lake,向領隊報告後山友們下山,我則從大壩南端往西南朝Chinns Lake下方Jeep Road上切,舊路跡已不見,松林裡積雪不太好走,走約0.2哩接上往Chinns Lake的Jeep Road,正是Google地圖岔路的地方,但完全看不出有岔路的痕跡,應該有十年以上沒人行走了吧!

上到Chinns Lake上下湖繞了一圈沒找到相機袋子,這一折騰多走了約1.6哩,回到停車處還被家人笑我老人癡呆,原來在Chinns Lake是我親手交給女兒攜帶的,我只能苦笑自我解嘲了!



13:55 開車下山結束一天的登山健行。



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