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攀登科羅拉多James Peak wilderness區內的Forest Lake(2018.07.27)

Upper Forest Lake (9)
攀登湖泊:

Lower Forest Lake :海拔10,670 /3,252公尺

Upper Forest Lake :海拔10,852/3,308公尺

登山口East Portal Trailhead(海拔約9,220/2,810公尺)

登山里程:全程來回加環湖約8.5(13.6公里)

總爬升高度:約1,867(569公尺)

登山時間6小時40

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行車資訊:

BoulderBoulder Canyon Road(CO 119)西行,16哩後抵Nederland小鎮,接Peak To Peak景觀公路(CO 119, CO 72)南下,行4.8哩抵Rollinsville,右轉E. Portal road (Rollins Pass)西行,約7.5哩後行車終點(Moffat Tunnel)即為登山口,此處是Union Pacific Railroad火車隧道的東入口。


Moffat Tunnel(Union Pacific Railroad)
Moffat Tunnel(Union Pacific Railroad)

如從Golden開車可沿CO 119CO 72北上,抵Rollinsville再左轉E. Portal road (Rollins Pass)西行抵登山口。





步程簡述:

08:35 登山口East Portal Trailhead出發,海拔約9,220/2,810公尺。


East Portal Trailhead
East Portal Trailhead
Black eyed susan
Black eyed susan

08:45 抵達James Peak Wilderness 界牌,進入James Peak Wilderness 範圍,距登山口0.25 哩。


James Peak Wilderness backcountry board
James Peak Wilderness backcountry board
Mountain Harebell (1)
Mountain Harebell (2)
Mountain Harebell (3)
Mountain Harebell
Bracted Honeysuckle(Twinberry honeysuckle) (2)
Bracted Honeysuckle(Twinberry honeysuckle) (3)
Bracted Honeysuckle(Twinberry honeysuckle)

09:20 抵達Arapaho LakesForest Lakes Trail South Boulder Creek TrailCrater Lakes Trail的岔路,海拔9,555/2,912公尺,距登山口1.25哩;
Crater Lakes & Forest Lakes Trail junction
Crater Lakes & Forest Lakes Trail junction



取右上往Arapaho LakesForest Lakes Trail。步道寬敞筆直,兩旁是杉木林。


Sego Lily
Sego Lily

09:40 來到 Arapaho Creek,有一木橋橫跨而過,木橋有點毀損,原有的木欄杆已不見,但通行無礙,此處海拔 9,877/3,011公尺,距登山口約1.75 哩;
Crossing log bridge at Arapaho Creek
Crossing log bridge at Arapaho Creek



過了木橋後步道沿著Arapaho Creek右岸陡升,一路在杉林中穿行,途中兩度經過Arapaho Lakes Trail的岔路,但已荒廢且以倒木擋住,應已封閉;早在8年前登Arapaho Lakes時就有國家森林管理員宣稱Arapaho Lakes Trail不再繼續維護,也不再推薦給登山客,或許這岔路口的指示牌早被拆除荒廢了。


Monkshood
Monkshood

10:39 通過橫跨在Lower Forest Lake 出水口的木橋,海拔10,664/3,250公尺,距登山口3.15哩;
A footbridge crossing over the outlet of Lower Forest Lake
A footbridge crossing over the outlet of Lower Forest Lake


沿著出水口經過野花盛開的沼澤地前往Forest Lake


The outlet of Lower Forest Lake
The outlet of Lower Forest Lake
Wildflowers are blooming along the trail (1)
Wildflowers are blooming along the trail

10:45 抵達Lower Forest Lake 南岸,海拔10,670 /3,252公尺,距登山口約3.25哩。


Lower Forest Lake  (2)
Lower Forest Lake  (3)
Lower Forest Lake  (1)
Lower Forest Lake 

11:00 離開Lower Forest Lake南岸後沿著小徑往西岸,然後沿湖岸穿過松林北行,出松林後經過Lower Forest Lake進水口旁沼澤地的木板橋,然後左切沿著小溪流瀑上山前往Upper Forest Lake,此處海拔10,700/3,261公尺,距登山口約3.4哩;小徑左側小溪形成一處不小的流瀑。


This cascade above Lower Forest Lake (2)
This cascade above Lower Forest Lake

Lower Forest LakeUpper Forest Lake大約有0.5哩的路程,爬升約200/61公尺,沿著小溪行數十公尺後脫離小溪右往高處爬升,不久經過一處岩石坡後上到步道的高處。


Wildflowers are blooming along the trail (2)
Wildflowers are blooming along the trail (3)
Wildflowers are blooming along the trail

11:20 抵達Forest Lakes上方高點岔路,海拔10,860/3,310公尺,距登山口約3.8哩;右岔往Rollins Pass Road,取左岔下切往Upper Forest Lake

11:25 抵達Upper Forest Lake東岸,海拔10,852 /3,308公尺,距登山口約3.9哩;
Upper Forest Lake
Upper Forest Lake



我取逆時鐘方向環湖一圈,湖岸野花盛開,美不勝收;
Upper Forest Lake (1)
Upper Forest Lake (5)
Upper Forest Lake (6)
Upper Forest Lake (7)
Upper Forest Lake
Wildflowers are blooming along the trail (4)
Wildflowers are blooming along the lakeshore 
Elephant head flower (3)
Elephant head flower (2)
Elephant head flower (1)
Elephant head flower



湖岸有幾頂帳篷在此露營、垂釣!


Upper Forest Lake (8)
Upper Forest Lake

12:25 抵達Upper Forest Lake東南角出水口,附近都是沼澤地,同樣的野花盛開;
The outlet of Upper Forest Lake (3)
The outlet of Upper Forest Lake (4)
The outlet of Upper Forest Lake (5)
 The outlet of Upper Forest Lake (1)
The outlet of Upper Forest Lake



我沿著出水口旁不明顯小徑下行,下方有一無名小潭。


The outlet of Upper Forest Lake (2)
 The outlet of Upper Forest Lake
Unnamed pond
Unnamed pond

12:40 抵達Upper Forest Lake下方小水潭,海拔約10,833/3,302公尺;潭面長滿長草,繞過小潭後北切接回步道下山。


Wildflowers are blooming along the trail (5)
Wildflowers are blooming along the trail

13:00 回到Lower Forest Lake西北角進水口,取左繞沿著Lower Forest Lake的湖岸繞一圈後下山。


Lower Forest Lake  (6)
Lower Forest Lake  (5)
Lower Forest Lake  (4)
Lower Forest Lake 

14:38 返抵Forest Lakes Trail South Boulder Creek TrailCrater Lakes Trail的岔路,取左下山。

15:15 返抵登山口開車返家,結束一天的登山遊湖行程。


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