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登高山湖泊Lake Isabelle順遊Brainard Lake Recreation Area附近湖泊(2018.07.11)

Lake Isabelle  (2)
Lake Isabelle  


昨天女兒請假陪兩老到Brainard Lake Recreation Area攀登Lake Isabelle,順路遊覽Red Rock LakeBrainard LakeLong LakeLake Isabelle位在Brainard Lake Recreation Area的西端,海拔10,868(3,313公尺),湖水是由其上頭的Isabelle Glacier的融雪所供應,湖的背面聳立著Navajo Peak(13,409'), Apache Peak(13,441'), Shoshoni Peak等高山,很是壯觀;該湖曾登過兩三次,但每次都只看到低水位,這次來得早一些適逢滿水位,加上沿途野花盛開,真是不錯的一趟登山健行行程。

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攀登湖泊:

Red Rock Lake:海拔10,160(3,097公尺)

Brainard Lake:海拔10,360(3,158公尺)

Long Lake:海拔10,522(3,207公尺)

Lake Isabelle :海拔10,868( 3,313公尺)

登山里程:約7.0(11.2公里)

總爬升高度:約700(213公尺)

登山時間6小時

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行車資訊:

Boulder119號公路到Nederland後右轉CO-72公路(Peak to Peak Scenic Byway)續往北行,行約11.5哩到達小鎮Ward,剛過小鎮路旁就可看到一面大指示牌指向西邊標明“Brainard Lake”,順著指示牌左轉沿Brainard Lake Road行約2.6哩經過收費站(國家公園年票America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass適用通行,購票小車每車11),過了收費站再行0.3哩路左為Red Rock Lake 停車場,在此停車。

Red Rock Lake:海拔10,160(3,097公尺)


Red Rock Lake (6)
Red Rock Lake (7)
Red Rock Lake (4)
Red Rock Lake (3)
Red Rock Lake (2)
Red Rock Lake 



Red Rock Lake 是位在Brainard Lake Recreation Area最東邊一個很淺的小湖,此湖的最大特點是湖面舖滿Yellow Water Lily(台灣稱之為萍蓬草)及岸邊長滿長草,無明顯環湖步道,但森林中早已被鑽出一條注意看即可找到的環湖步道,環湖一周約半個小時;我們在岸邊拍照完即離開,沒環湖。


Red Rock Lake (8)
Yellow Water Lily (5)
Yellow Water Lily (1)
Yellow Water Lily (4)
Yellow Water Lily (3)
Yellow Water Lily (2)
Yellow Water Lily
離開Red Rock Lake後車子續往西行,行約1.7哩後抵達Brainard Lake東邊的大停車場,保險一點的是將車子停此,因為再往西邊的幾個停車場太晚來常常車滿為患,一位難求;我們嘗試將車子再開約1.1哩抵達Long Lake Trailhead停車場,果不其然,停車位早已客滿,我讓妻女下車後再將車子開回Brainard Lake東邊的大停車場停放,太座和女兒先行,我們約在Long Lake會合。




Lake Isabelle步程簡述:

10:35 Brainard Lake東邊的大停車場出發,沿Brainard Lake湖邊西行。


Brainard Lake (3)
Brainard Lake (1)
Brainard Lake (2)
Brainard Lake
Brainard Lake海拔10,360(3,158公尺),是一處理想釣魚場所,湖裡的魚種是高山湖裡常有的Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, Brook trout等鱒魚,湖邊有Pawnee露營地及三個野餐區,假日常是人滿為患。

Shooting Star flower (2)
Shooting Star flower (1)
Shooting Star flower 



10:50 抵達Brainard Lake西邊馬路邊小停車場對面的Niwot Cutoff Trailhead,海拔10,364(3,159公尺),距大停車場約0.5哩;由此登山口進入杉林中沿登山小徑Niwot Cutoff Trail緩坡爬升。


Niwot Cutoff Trailhead
Niwot Cutoff Trailhead
11:06 抵達Long Lake岔路,海拔10,551(3,216公尺),距大停車場約1.1哩;
Niwot Cutoff Trail & Jean Luning Trail junction
Niwot Cutoff Trail & Jean Luning Trail junction
Long Lake顧名思義是一個狹長的湖,它是Brainard Lake Recreation Area最大的一個湖,左岔為Jean Luning Trail,可環湖一周;我取右行去跟妻女會合。


The outlet of Long Lake
The outlet of Long Lake
Long Lake (2)
Long Lake



11:10 Lake Isabelle Trail,海拔10,527(3,209公尺),距大停車場約1.2哩;右岔回Long Lake停車場,左岔往Lake Isabelle,取左行,太座和女兒應已先行;行不久趕上太座和女兒後沿步道繼續前行。

11:39 抵達Lake Isabelle TrailJean Luning Trail岔路,海拔10,637(3,242公尺),距大停車場約2.2哩;左岔為Jean Luning Trail可回到Long Lake的東端出水口,取右岔往Lake Isabelle
Indian painting brush flower
Indian painting brush flower
Blue Columbine (2)
Blue Columbine (1)
Blue Columbine
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail (1)
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail (2)
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail
Lake Isabelle trail (2)
Lake Isabelle trail



步道微幅上坡,經過兩三處草原區後步道開始上坡,坡度有點陡。


The meadow along the trail
The meadow along the trail
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail (3)
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail
Looking west at the outlet of Lake Isabelle from the trail
Looking west at the outlet of Lake Isabelle from the trail
12:20 左側小溪旁大片Chiming Bell盛開著,特地繞進去拍照,此處海拔10,673(3,253公尺),距大停車場約2.7哩。


Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail (5)
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail (7)
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail (9)
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail
12:45 上到步道最高點過一小溪上木橋,小溪形成一處壯觀的流瀑,此處海拔10,888(3,319公尺),距大停車場約3.1哩;
The cascade above Lake Isabelle (2)
The cascade above Lake Isabelle 


經過木橋、小流瀑後便抵達Lake Isabelle Glacier Trail Pawnee Pass Trail的岔路,取左循Lake Isabelle Glacier Trail下行不久便抵達Lake Isabelle


Lake Isabelle  (7)
Lake Isabelle 
13:10 抵達Lake Isabelle堤岸,距大停車場約3.3哩;Lake Isabelle 是一座高山湖,海拔10, 868呎,座落在Navajo Peak (13,409)Apache Peak (13,441) Shoshoni Peak (12,967) 三座高山下。


Lake Isabelle  (5)
Lake Isabelle  (4)
Lake Isabelle  (3)
Lake Isabelle 
Lake IsabelleIndian Peaks Wilderness 四個高山湖旅遊區之一(其他三個是Long Lake Mitchell Lake Blue Lake),他是由20世紀初發現 Isabelle冰河(在湖的上方一哩處)Boulder City工程師Fred Fair以其妻子之名命名之,1935年他去世之後其骨灰即灑在他所發現的Isabelle冰河和Isabelle湖上。

我們在湖的東南邊出水口旁的岩石上休息用餐。


Lake Isabelle shore
Lake Isabelle shore
The outlet of Lake Isabelle (5)
The outlet of Lake Isabelle (1)
The outlet of Lake Isabelle (2)
The outlet of Lake Isabelle (4)
The outlet of Lake Isabelle (6)
The outlet of Lake Isabelle
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail (8)
Wildflowers blooming along Lake Isabelle Trail
14:10循原路下山。

15:00 回到Lake Isabelle TrailJean Luning Trail岔路,我們決定走一趟Jean Luning Trail,取右沿Jean Luning Trail西南行,沿途走在濃密的杉林間;
Long Lake (3)
Long Lake (5)
Long Lake (6)
Long Lake (7)
Long Lake from Jean Luning Trail



快接近Long Lake東端時兩側草原野花盛開。


Parry Primrose (2)
Parry Primrose
Elephant Head (2)
Elephant Head (3)
Elephant Head
Wildflowers blooming along Jean Luning Trail (4)
Wildflowers blooming along Jean Luning Trail (3)
Wildflowers blooming along Jean Luning Trail (2)
Wildflowers blooming along Jean Luning Trail (1)
Wildflowers blooming along Jean Luning Trail
16:10 抵達Niwot Cutoff Trail岔路,太座和女兒取左回Long Lake停車場,我則取右沿Niwot Cutoff TrailBrainard Lake大停車場取車再回Long Lake停車場接她們。

16:40 抵達Brainard Lake大停車場,開車回Long Lake停車場接太座、女兒後下山,結束一天的遊湖行程。


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