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Meadow Creek trail hiking to Eccles Pass (2018.08.11)

Taken from Eccles Pass (25)
Taken from Eccles Pass 


今天隨同華人登山隊去Frisco附近的Meadow Creek trail登上Eccles Pass登山健行,該步道去年的85日走過一次,那趟健行沿途野花盛開,而今年可能融雪較早,野花大多已凋謝,倒是整天的好天氣拍了不少美景! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

登山步道Meadow Creek trail to Eccles Pass

登山口Meadow Creek Trailhead (海拔9,157/2,791公尺)

Eccles Pass:海拔11,918/3,633公尺

登山里程:來回10.25(16.4公里)

總爬升高度2,921/890公尺

登山時間6小時50

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行車資訊:

Golden沿I-70州際公路西行,行約57.4哩後於Exit 203出口 (CO-9 S出口) 下交流道,朝Frisco/Breckenridge前進,0.2英里後從圓環的第二個出口(Trail)出去,朝Co Rd 1231石子路行駛,石子路行駛0.6哩抵登山口停車場。

步程簡述:

09:05 登山口出發,海拔9,157(2,791公尺)


Meadow Creek Trailhead (1)
Meadow Creek Trailhead

一開始登山小徑有點陡,朝著前方白楊木林(Aspen)前進;
Meadow Creek Trail, background is Peak 1 (1)
Meadow Creek Trail, background is Peak 1
Meadow Creek Trail (1)
Meadow Creek Trail 



步道陡上一段後有一段緩衝的平路,不久進入白楊木林間行走。


Meadow Creek Trail (3)
Meadow Creek Trail
Looking south at Tenmile Range from Meadow Creek Trail (2)
Looking south at Tenmile Range from Meadow Creek Trail
Aspen tree along the trail (4)
Aspen tree along the trail (2)
Aspen tree along the trail (1)
Aspen tree along the trail

09:33 抵達Lily Pad Lake Trail岔路,右岔往Lily Pad Lake,距離約一哩左右;

此處海拔約9,560(2,914公尺),距登山口約0.57哩,取左續走Meadow Creek Trail


Meadow Creek Trail &  Lilly Pad Lake Trail fork
Meadow Creek Trail &  Lilly Pad Lake Trail fork

09:37 進入Eagles Nest Wilderness範圍,之後步道兩旁是筆直的lodgepole松林。


Entering Eagles Nest Wilderness area
Entering Eagles Nest Wilderness area
The Meadow Creek Trail winds through a pine forest
The Meadow Creek Trail winds through a pine forest

09:41 步道右側一片草原坡,可俯瞰山下的Frisco CityDillon Reservoir
Meadow Creek Trail (6)
Meadow Creek Trail
Facing East at Dillon from Meadow Creek Trail (2)
Facing East at Dillon from Meadow Creek Trail
Looking down Dillon Reservoir & Frisco City from Meadow Creek Trail
Looking down Dillon Reservoir & Frisco City from Meadow Creek Trail
Facing East at Grays & Torreys Peak from Meadow Creek Trail
Facing East at Grays & Torreys Peak from Meadow Creek Trail


之後步道又進入lodgepole松林中穿行。


10:00 第一度橫跨Meadow Creek,溪上已兩根原木作為橋樑,此處海拔約10,036(3,059公尺),距登山口約1.35哩。


Crossing log bridge at Meadow Creek (1)
Crossing log bridge at Meadow Creek

越過Meadow Creek後隨即左彎上山,除一小段粗糙石子路外步道恢復穩定和緩爬升,兩旁筆直的松林罹病蟲害乾枯的很多,感覺有點淒涼。


Meadow Creek Trail (11)
Meadow Creek Trail

10:50 小徑爬升到一開闊高點,可瞥見河谷上游及附近山頭,此處海拔約10,835(3,303公尺),距登山口約2.65哩。


The forest briefly opens with a glimpse of the upper valley
The forest briefly opens with a glimpse of the upper valley

11:05 經過約0.3哩的石頭空地及小徑來到記錄中所記載的第一處開闊草原,草原不大且夾雜著松林,看不出是大片草原;此處海拔約10,988(3,349公尺),距登山口約2.95哩。


Chief Mountain from the trail
Chief Mountain from the trail

接著在草原中幾次起伏後下到小溪邊。

11:09 第二度橫跨Meadow Creek,溪上用三根倒木作為跨溪便橋,此處海拔約10,950(3,338公尺),距登山口約3.1哩;


Crossing Meadow Creek on a makeshift bridge (2)
Crossing Meadow Creek on a makeshift bridge

渡過Meadow Creek後路右出現大片willow灌木叢;


Willow Grove along the trail
Willow Grove along the trail

過了willow灌木叢後小徑沿著溪畔上行,此段路有點狹小難走。



11:25 來到記錄上的第二處大草原,此處海拔約11,128(3,392公尺),距登山口約3.6哩;


The second meadow with a revealing look at the entire upper valley
The second meadow with a revealing look at the entire upper valley

此處已稍可見整個河谷的上端,海拔11,377呎的Chief Mountain就在正前南方,而Eccles Pass 則在西北方的稜線上。


Chief Mountain from the third meadow
Chief Mountain from the third meadow
Mountain Gentian (7)
Mountain Gentian (9)
Mountain Gentian

穿過草原後小徑又進入一小段稀疏的松林中緩坡上升穿行。

11:35 出森林小徑右側一座水潭,正前方又是一片大草原,此為紀錄上所謂第三處且是最大草原,海拔約11,235(3,424公尺),距登山口3.95 哩。


A pond along the trail (6)
A pond along the trail (5)
A pond along the trail (1)
A pond along the trail (2)
A pond along the trail (3)
A pond along the trail (4)
A pond along the trail

11:54 第三度橫跨Meadow Creek,溪水不大,踩著溪上石頭跨過,此處海拔約11,305(3,446公尺),距登山口約4.15哩。

渡過小溪整個視野豁然開朗,正前方清楚看到稜線上的Eccles Pass;一大片草原直抵Eccles Pass稜線山腳下,小徑就在草原中間往上緩升。

12:03 抵達Meadow Creek trail終點接到Gore Range Trail,此處海拔約11,422(3,481公尺),距登山口約4.45哩;


Junction with the Gore Range Trail, Meadow Creek stays right
Junction with the Gore Range Trail, Meadow Creek stays right
Looking south at Tenmile Range from the trail (3)
Looking south at Tenmile Range from the trail

取右沿Gore Range Trail直行上山。


Looking north at Eccles Pass from the trail (2)
Looking north at Eccles Pass from the trail
Mountain Harebell (3)
Mountain Harebell

12:16 草原盡頭,開始朝Eccles Pass爬升,此處海拔約11,422(3,481公尺),距登山口約4.75哩。


Final approach to the pass. This last segment was harder than it looked (1)
Final approach to the pass. This last segment was harder than it looked

山徑字形爬升,距Eccles Pass不到半哩路,才爬升約500呎,不算難走。


Meadow Creek Trail (41)
Meadow Creek Trail
Final approach to the pass. This last segment was harder than it looked (2)
Final approach to the pass. This last segment was harder than it looked
Looking south at Tenmile Range from the trail (2)
Looking south at Tenmile Range from the trail

12:37 登抵Eccles Pass,此處海拔約11,918(3,633公尺),距登山口約5.12哩;


Taken from Eccles Pass (2)
Taken from Eccles Pass (17)
Taken from Eccles Pass (20)
Taken from Eccles Pass (4)
Taken from Eccles Pass (7)
Taken from Eccles Pass

在此北望海拔13,189(4,020公尺)Red Peak
Looking at Red Peak from Eccles Pass
Looking at Red Peak from Eccles Pass



俯瞰South Willow Creek basin,東北邊則是海拔12,777(3,894公尺)Buffalo Mountain
Looking at Buffalo Mountain from Eccles Pass
Looking at Buffalo Mountain from Eccles Pass
Facing Northeast at Gore Range from Eccles Pass (2)
Facing Northeast at Gore Range from Eccles Pass 



南邊遠眺Tenmile Range,俯瞰來時路Meadow Creek valley


Looking south at Tenmile Range from Eccles Pass (2)
Looking south at Tenmile Range from Eccles Pass

12:48 循原路下山。


Meadow Creek Valley
Meadow Creek Valley
Monkshood (2)
Monkshood
Rose twisted stalk fruit (4)
Rose twisted stalk fruit (1)
Rose twisted stalk fruit

14:55 返抵登山口,全程花費時間約6小時50分鐘。


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