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科羅拉多Silverthorne附近攀登高山湖泊Salmon Lake & Willow Lakes (2018.08.26)

Salmon Lake (77)
Salmon Lake, Colorado

週日(26)前往Silverthorne附近攀登高山湖泊Salmon Lake & Willow Lakes,此行程領隊本安排在六月份攀登,但當時適逢鄰近地區森林大火而延期迄今,週日早晨07:00Golden集合後分乘兩部車出發。

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攀登湖泊

Salmon Lake:海拔11,192/3,411公尺

Lower Willow Lake11,247/3,428公尺

Middle Willow Lake11,364/3,464公尺

Upper Willow Lake11,424/3,482公尺

登山口Willowbrook Trailhead (海拔8,970/2,734公尺)

登山里程:約13.97/22.35公里

總爬升高度:約3,061/930公尺

登山時間8小時50

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行車資訊:
GoldenCO-470 E下交流道後走I-70 W西行,行約54.3哩後於Exit 205出口 (CO-9 N出口)下交流道,朝US-6 E/Silverthorne/Dillon前進,行0.3 哩後於CO-9 N/Blue River Pkwy向右轉沿CO-9 N續行,再行1.9哩左轉Willowbrook Rd,一路沿著Willowbrook Rd

穿過社區西行,行約1.1哩後抵達道路左側的Willowbrook Trailhead停車場。

步程簡述:

08:05 登山口出發;
Willowbrook Trailhead (2)
Willowbrook Trailhead (3)
Willowbrook Trailhead



行約幾十公尺遇岔路,右岔為Ditches Trail,左直行為South Willowbrook Trail,取右岔沿Ditches Trail北行。


Salmon Lake Trail (1)
Salmon Lake Trail


08:24 遇岔路,左岔上行為North Willow Creek Trail,右岔直行為Ditches Trail,兩路可會合都可行,左岔較陡距離稍短,先取右行;此處海拔約9,127/2,782公尺,距登山口約0.25哩。

08:33 又遇岔路,右岔直行為Three Peaks Trail,取左岔Ditches Trail左行。

08:53 接上North Willow Creek Trail,左岔下行接回08:24的岔路,取右岔沿North Willow Creek Trail直行;此處海拔約9,281/2, 829公尺,距登山口約0.6哩。

08:55 經過“Eagles Nest Wilderness”界牌,進入“Eagles Nest Wilderness”範圍,兩旁松樹不少因病蟲害(Bark Beetles)而枯死。


Buffalo Mountain from Willow Lakes Trail 2
Buffalo Mountain from Willow Lakes Trail


09:02 接上Gore Range Trail,左右岔均為Gore Range Trail,取右直行,此處海拔約9,603/2,927公尺,距登山口約1.37哩。


The junction of North Willow Creek Trail & Gore Range Trail
The junction of North Willow Creek Trail & Gore Range Trail


過了岔路不久山徑坡度趨緩,而得了病蟲害枯死的松樹增多,好像是被火燒過一般,枯木橫躺遍野,從樹縫間西南望Buffalo MountainRed Peak西北稜的Point 12,885’山頭、East ThornRain Peak隱約進入眼簾;
Salmon Lake Trail (2)
Salmon Lake Trail
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail (7)
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail (4)
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail (2)
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail
East Thorn from Willow Lakes Trail
East Thorn from Willow Lakes Trail
Taken from Willow Lakes Trail (5)
Taken from Willow Lakes Trail



緩平的山徑在松林間穿行一段路後開始陡升,這一段路是此步道較為陡峭的一部分,但還不至於太難走。


Salmon Lake Trail (4)
Salmon Lake Trail


10:08 Gore Range TrailWillow Lake Trail岔路,右岔Gore Range Trail,取左Willow Lake Trail直行,此處海拔約10,892/3,320公尺,距登山口約3.9哩。


The junction of Gore Range Trail & Willow Lake Trail
The junction of Gore Range Trail & Willow Lake Trail


過了Gore Range TrailWillow Lake Trail岔路再緩上坡一段路後路徑轉向到山稜的南面坡沿等高線朝西南行,在此方向可東南俯瞰Dillon Reservoir及後方的大陸分水嶺山脈;
Willow Lakes Trail (7)
Salmon Lake Trail (5)
Salmon Lake Trail
Looking east at Dillon Reservoir from Willow Lakes Trail (2)
Looking east at Dillon Reservoir from Willow Lakes Trail
Willow Lakes Trail (10)
Willow Lakes Trail (16)
Willow Lakes Trail



西南向近在眼前的山頭則是Red Peak及其西北稜的Point 12,885’山頭。


Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail (9)_副本
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail


11:15 抵達Willow Lake TrailSalmon Lake Trail岔路,此處海拔約11,077/3,376公尺,距登山口約4.8哩;
The junction of Willow Lake Trail & Salmon Lake Trail
The junction of Willow Lake Trail & Salmon Lake Trail



右岔往Salmon Lake,左岔往Willow Lake,先取右往Salmon Lake


Salmon Lake Trail (6)
Salmon Lake Trail


11:25 抵達Salmon Lake出水口左側大片巨石坡的上方,此時路徑已在Salmon Lake的北岸上方林中;
Looking down at Salmon Lake from the trail
Looking down at Salmon Lake from the trail


沿著小徑續往西行,將抵Salmon Lake西岸時小徑轉往南下切。

11:35 抵達Salmon Lake西岸,海拔11,192/3,411公尺,距登山口約5.3哩;從湖的西岸東望可清楚看到Grays & Torreys兩座14ers高山出現在東岸後面遠方,我們在西岸湖邊用餐休息。


Salmon Lake, Colorado (1)
Salmon Lake, Colorado
Greys and Torreys peaks as seen from Salmon Lake view to east_副本
Greys and Torreys peaks as seen from Salmon Lake view to east
Taken from Salmon Lake (1)
Taken from Salmon Lake
Salmon Lake (37)
Salmon Lake (9)
Salmon Lake


12:00 品菁領隊和另一山友Judy有事先行下山,我們則沿著Salmon Lake的南岸東行繞到東岸,在東岸觀看Salmon Lake有了East ThornRain Peak的襯托更顯得此湖的壯觀。


Salmon Lake, Colorado (2)
Salmon Lake (74)
Salmon Lake (78)
Salmon Lake
Salmon Lake (72)
Salmon Lake (71)
Salmon Lake


12:30 離開Salmon Lake開始往Willow Lakes前進,我們沿Salmon Lake出水口北岸下切,依方向應可接到Willow Lake Trail,下切約一百多公尺後接到Willow Lake Trail右轉朝南行往Willow Lakes;此處海拔約11,112/3,387公尺,距登山口約5.7哩,行數十公尺跨過Salmon Lake出水口的North Willow Creek支流後續往西南緩升。

12:42 North Willow Creek另一支流,跨過小溪後續行。

12:49 右下方出現Willow Lakes幾個小潭中的一個小潭。


The pond of several ponds in the Willow Lakes cluster (7)
The pond of several ponds in the Willow Lakes cluster
Taken from one little pond in Willow Lakes
Taken from one little pond in Willow Lakes
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail2
Willow Lakes Trail (24)
Mountain views from Willow Lakes Trail
Willow Lakes Trail (20)
Willow Lakes Trail
North Willow Lake Trail heading towards our destination (1)
North Willow Lake Trail heading towards our destination (2)
North Willow Lake Trail heading towards our destination


13:00 抵達Lower Willow Lake西南岸上方,海拔11,317 /3,449公尺,從登山口經Salmon Lake到此約6.77哩;
Lower Willow Lake (11)
Lower Willow Lake 
Taken from Lower Willow Lake
Taken from Lower Willow Lake


步道續往西南爬升。

13:14 步道右下方又出現一小湖,也是屬於Willow Lakes幾個小湖中的一個。


Looking north at one of the many small ponds
Looking north at one of the many small ponds


13:20 抵達Upper Willow Lake,海拔11,424/3,482公尺,從登山口經Salmon Lake到此約7.37哩;
Glacier ground rock creates a greenish hue in Upper Willow Lake 1
Upper Willow Lake 1
Glacier ground rock creates a greenish hue in Upper Willow Lake
Upper Willow Lake (1)
Taken from Upper Willow Lake (1)
Taken from Upper Willow Lake



湖邊四隻Mountain goat悠閒的在此覓食,一點也不害生,我們在此小休。


Mountain goat at upper willow Lake (13)
Mountain goat at upper willow Lake (8)
Mountain goat at upper willow Lake


13:47 離開Upper Willow Lake循原路下山,行約600公尺看地圖Middle Willow Lake是在路的右下方,我們取右朝Middle Willow Lake的方向下切,沒有路徑,但山坡還蠻好走的。

14:03 下抵Middle Willow Lake南岸稍高處,俯瞰那稍呈葫蘆狀的湖面,由於天空一片烏雲遮蔽,湖水無法呈現他的湛藍;
Middle Willow Lake (3)
Middle Willow Lake 


稍事停留後再切回下山步道右轉循原路下山。

14:46 回到Willow Lake TrailSalmon Lake Trail岔路取右下山。

15:25 抵達Gore Range TrailWillow Lake Trail岔路,取右直行下山。

16:15 抵達North Willow Creek TrailGore Range Trail岔路,取左沿North Willow Creek Trail下山。

16:29 抵達North Willow Creek TrailThree Peaks Trail岔路,取右沿North Willow Creek Trail下山。

16:40 抵達North Willow Creek TrailDitches Trail岔路,取右下山。

16:55 返抵登山口,整裝後搭乘宇靈兄車子返家。


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