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2018美國跨州國家公園之旅D6錫安國家公園The Narrows溯溪行(2018.06.06)

The Narrows, Zion National Park (67)
The Narrows, Zion National Park 

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第六天(2018.06.06、星期三)

 

今天主要行程是進去錫安國家公園有名的景點The Narrows溯溪,由於The Narrows溯溪步道是位在錫安國家公園內主要的景觀道路Zion Canyon Scenic Drive的最北端,此段景觀道路每年4月到10月不准通行一般車輛,遊客必須搭乘園方的免費遊園車(Shuttle)進入,該遊園車從遊客中心發車,中途停靠八個景點,遊客可隨時上下車;The Narrows溯溪要搭到最後一站(9)Temple of Sinawava開始起登,由於近年來錫安國家公園遊客增多,聽說如果開車太晚到遊客中心往往停車位已滿,就必須再把車子開到南入口之外的Springdale找停車位,相當的麻煩,所以我們當天在七點左右便趕到遊客中心,果不其然停車位已所剩無幾,停好車又排隊排了四十幾分鐘才搭上遊園車,抵達終點站Temple of Sinawava已經是近九點鐘了!

 


Visitor Center Shuttle stop 1
Visitor Center Shuttle stop 2
Visitor Center Shuttle stop 
Temple of Sinawava Shuttle stop
Temple of Sinawava Shuttle stop
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The Narrows是錫安國家公園錫安峽谷(Zion Canyon)最狹窄的一段, 座落在Virgin River的北支流和主要峽谷的上游,The Narrows是錫安國家公園和科羅拉多高原(Colorado Plateau)幾條重要健行步道中的一條。

 

The Narrows指的是從Temple of Sinawava 上行到 Big Springs總長3.6 (5.76公里)的一段以及另一段較長的由上游的Chamberlain's Ranch下行到Temple of Sinawava總長16 (25.6公里)的一段,一般遊客大多數是搭園區的shuttle bus到終點站Temple of Sinawava開始啟登,然後視個人的時間及體力選擇折返點回到Temple of Sinawava,是很有彈性的一段溯溪行程。

 

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此段溯溪行程並不難走,當然你要裝備齊全最好,譬如溯溪鞋、手杖等,但是沒有也沒關係,我看大多數的遊客頂多手拿一根手杖,腳穿一般布鞋或登山鞋便走完全程,我和兩個孫子也都僅穿登山鞋,小孫子多給他一根登山杖便走完全程,褲子濕了過沒多久就乾了,連換都不用換!

 

08:50 我們由Temple of Sinawava出發,溯溪之前要先走一段約1.0哩的河邊道路,沿著Virgin River河邊的Riverside Walk小徑北行,該步道在2011年首次來此公園時曾走過一小段。

 


Riverside Walk (1)
Riverside Walk (2)
Riverside Walk (4)
Riverside Walk
Yellow Columbine
Yellow Columbine
09:15 抵達Riverside Walk小徑終點,在此開始溯溪,但也不是全程走在溪水中,有河床路還是走河床路。

 


The mouth of the Narrows
The mouth of the Narrows
The mouth of the Narrows and the end of the Riverside Walk
The mouth of the Narrows and the end of the Riverside Walk
The Narrows, Zion National Park (3)
The Narrows, Zion National Park
09:25 光滑岩壁留下一條條水痕,這片岩壁蠻大的,過了這片岩壁河道顯然縮小許多,成群的遊客魚貫由兩面峭壁間的河道涉水而過;
The Narrows, Zion National Park (62)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (59)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (8)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (7)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (5)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (13)
The Narrows, Zion National Park



在右邊峭壁裂縫上幾株紅色的Columbine正盛開著,Columbine有多種顏色,藍色的Columbine (Blue Columbine)是科羅拉多州的州花。

 


Red Columbine (4)
Red Columbine (2)
Red Columbine (3)
Red Columbine
09:38 來到所謂的Mystery Canyon Falls ,這是一條細長的小瀑布,長約110(34公尺),水量很小,顯不出它的壯觀,此處距溯溪起點約0.3哩,距Temple of Sinawava1.3哩。

 


Mystery Canyon Falls,The Narrows, Zion National Park (5)
Mystery Canyon Falls,The Narrows, Zion National Park (2)
Mystery Canyon Falls,The Narrows, Zion National Park (1)
Mystery Canyon Falls,The Narrows, Zion National Park
 
10:08 抵達House Rock,此處距溯溪起點約1.0哩,距Temple of Sinawava2.0哩。

 


The Narrows, Zion National Park (15)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (16)
House Rock, The Narrows, Zion National Park
The Narrows, Zion National Park (17)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (39)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (35)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (29)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (20)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (21)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (18)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (22)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (24)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (26)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (28)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (30)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (33)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (32)
The Narrows, Zion National Park
11:10 抵達Virgin River 和 Orderville Canyon 河流分岔處,此處距溯溪起點約1.7哩,距Temple of Sinawava2.7哩;取左岔續沿Virgin River 上行。
Virgin River & Orderville Canyon junction 1
Virgin River & Orderville Canyon junction



The Narrows是錫安國家公園中最窄小細長的一部分,幾千呎高的岩壁底下,卻只有30多呎寬的河流。

 


The Narrows, Zion National Park (53)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (48)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (42)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (44)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (50)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (47)
The Narrows, Zion National Park
 
11:25 走到所謂“Floating Rock”處,在此休息吃點心,我們決定走到此處回頭,此處距溯溪起點約2.0哩,距Temple of Sinawava3.0哩。

 


Floating Rock (1)
Floating Rock
The Narrows, Zion National Park (46)
The Narrows, Zion National Park
11:35 回頭循原路往下游走,此時人潮比早上還多。

 


The Narrows, Zion National Park (56)
The Narrows, Zion National Park (60)
The Narrows, Zion National Park
13:05 回到溯溪起點、Riverside Walk小徑終點,沿著Riverside Walk往登山口回行。

 

13:30 返抵Riverside Walk Trailhead,也就是Temple of Sinawava;此趟共走了Riverside Walk Trail1.0哩、The Narrows溯溪約2.0哩,單程計3.0哩,來回共走了約6.0哩,花了4小時40分鐘。

 

 
今晚住在錫安國家公園南入口Springdale的一家旅館Pioneer Lodge,晚餐則在旅館對面的Meme's Café用餐(Mount Carmel Hwy, Springdale, UT 84767, USA)

 

 

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