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Butler Gulch Trail雪地行(2019.06.22)

Looking Northeast from Butler Gulch Trail (1)
Looking Northeast from Butler Gulch Trail 

登山里程:約4.4/7.04公里

登山口Jones Pass Trailhead (海拔10,460/3,188公尺)

折返點海拔11,510/3,508公尺

總爬升高度:約1,050/320公尺

登山時間:約3小時50

同行山友:丹佛華人登山隊

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行車資訊:

開車沿I-70州際公路西行,行至Exit 232出口下交流道,朝U.S. 40 E/Empire/Granby前進,0.3哩後接著走US-40 W直行,再行0.3哩後靠右繼續沿US-40 W西行,經Empire行約8.7哩於道路大右彎處靠左行駛進入Henderson Mine Rd,岔路前道路旁有紅底白字指示牌,指示牌標示“Big Bend,左往Jones PassHenderson Mine” Henderson Mine Rd行約1.8哩後於Henderson Mine管制口前右轉土石路繼續西行,再行0.5哩後抵達Henderson Spur Trailhead停車場;停車場北側是Henderson Spur Trail登山口,去年曾兩度跟登山隊走過該trail,停車場續往西行則是Butler Gulch TrailJones Pass登山口。


Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (8)
Henderson Spur Trailhead


步程簡述:

09:00 停車場出發,海拔10,460/3,188公尺;
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (12)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (13)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (18)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado


沿著可行四輪傳動車的石子路西行;
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (21)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado


石子路面殘雪未融,兩側山坡及松樹積雪蠻厚的,今年五月底科州下了一場蠻大的雪,加上昨天夏至丹佛附近山區又下雪,舊雪未融,新雪又下,導致整個山頭都是靄靄白雪。


Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (10)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

09:06 抵達Butler Gulch TrailJones Pass Trail岔路口,右岔尚可行駛四輪傳動車石子路為Jones Pass Trail,取左岔Butler Gulch Trail繼續西行,此處海拔約10,516/3,205公尺,距停車場約0.25/400公尺。


Bear left at the snowy trail split along Butler Gulch towards Butler Gulch Trail (2)
Bear left at the snowy trail split along Butler Gulch towards Butler Gulch Trail

岔路口行3~40公尺即有一道鐵柵門擋住去路禁止車輛通行;
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (28)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado 


繞過鐵柵門續行不遠道路越過West Fork Clear Creek後轉向南行;
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (32)
West Fork Clear Creek

路面滿是積雪及剛融化的雪水,有點泥濘難行。


Forested snow covered trail along Bulter Gulch Trail (4)
Forested snow covered trail along Bulter Gulch Trail

09:10 步道開始進入雲杉(spruce),冷杉(fir)和白楊木(aspen)的混合森林中穿行,此時路況還好,雖然腳下是數呎厚的積雪,但積雪蠻硬的,而且步道的痕跡尚可清楚分辨,走來雖有點吃力,但還不至於太難行。


Forested snow covered trail along Bulter Gulch Trail (21)
Forested snow covered trail along Bulter Gulch Trail (26)
Forested snow covered trail along Bulter Gulch Trail (32)
Forested snow covered trail along Bulter Gulch Trail

09:27 跨過一條小溪澗,積雪已分辨不出正確的路徑,只好沿著不知是小溪澗或是融雪後的小水流邊舉步維艱的前行。


Forested snow covered trail along Bulter Gulch Trail (35)
Forested snow covered trail along Bulter Gulch Trail
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (77)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (85)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

09:45 行到一條不小的小溪;
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (97)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado


溪水蠻大、蠻湍急的,在一處較平緩的河床上有幾根大小不一的樹幹橫跨在小溪上頭作為橫渡的簡易木橋,大夥兒小心翼翼地依序度過簡易木橋到達對岸,然後沿著小溪左岸續往上爬,積雪越來越厚,有時不小心踩到較鬆軟的積雪一陷就是陷到膝蓋甚至鼠蹊部,真是既刺激又驚險。


Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (386)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (108)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (115)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

09:55 積雪已使得登山步道失去痕跡,不知是否尚在路跡上,領隊徐博士在前探路,他依據隱隱約約的snowshoe痕跡前行,我們在後亦步亦趨地緊跟著,除了跟上步跡外還得隨時試踩雪地的軟硬度,以防身陷雪地裡。


Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (131)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (136)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (142)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (143)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

10:00 回頭北望從樹梢空隙可看到北面Continental Divide上的覆蓋白雪山頭,此處海拔約10,840/3,304公尺,距停車處約1.3/2.08公里。


Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring (1)
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring

我們持續在森林的雪地裡朝南爬升,坡度越來越陡,積雪越來越厚,腳步越陷越深,步履也越來越沉重。

Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring (2)
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in springButler Gulch Trail, Colorado (145)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (151)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (161)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (175)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

10:35 北面Continental Divide上的白雪山頭越來露頭越多,已可清楚看到海拔12,947 /3,946 公尺的Vasquez Peak,去年91 日去 Continental Divide trail健行時才由其山下經過。


Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (378)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (384)
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring (4)
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (215)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

10:56 即將出森林線,前方南面山頭稜線橫阻眼前,此處海拔約11,195/3,412公尺,距停車處約1.8/2.88公里;
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (226)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado 


厚厚的積雪露出少許突出岩塊,一片雪地上零星矗立著幾棵雲杉(spruce)和冷杉(fir),繼續吃力的在雪地上朝東南轉向西南爬升。


Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring (13)
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring

11:02 出了森林線,海拔約11,390/3,472公尺,距停車處約2.0/3.2公里;西北稜線山頭是厚厚一層積雪,Jones Pass即在那稜線上。


Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring (16)
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (253)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (256)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (261)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

11:15 抵達一處岩石坡,距步道終點的圈谷還有近一哩路,但積雪越來越深,風也越來越大,領隊決定在此午餐後下撤,此處海拔約11,510/3,508公尺,距離停車處約2.2哩。


Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (272)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (280)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring (29)
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring (25)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (285)
Snowy peaks at butler gulch in spring
Looking Northeast from Butler Gulch Trail (3)
Looking Northeast from Butler Gulch Trail

11:30 開始下撤,下山是比上山輕鬆一些,太陡峭路段乾脆屁股往雪地一坐一路滑下去,也顧不得屁股濕濕涼涼的了!


Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (321)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (331)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (326)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

12:10 回到小溪處,小心度過簡易木橋續行下山。


Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (342)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado (357)
Butler Gulch Trail, Colorado

12:50 返抵停車處,整裝後共乘返回Golden,結束今天的雪地行!


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