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攀登科州13ers~ Square Top Mountain (2019.08.03)

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Guanella Pass Trailhead


Square Top Mountain是科羅拉多州排名的第111的高峰,位於科羅拉多州的Front Range,靠近Guanella Pass的最高點,此山位於Mount Evans & BierstadtGrays & Torreys Peak的兩組14ers的中間,大部分的登山客受到這四座14ers的吸引較少注意這座13ers,所以登山客相對的少許多。

Square Top Mountain最大的特色是它那寬廣平坦的山頂,此山山頂由東端延伸到西端約半哩/800公尺長,而高低落差不超過100/30.5公尺,所以此山不管從南往北看,或由北往南看都是一座方形山頂的高山,這特徵就是此山山名的由來;Square Top Mountain南面的山坡是較為緩平的苔原地形,而山腳下則有幾座高山湖,此山我在2006年就曾攀登過,此次丹佛地區華人登山隊的假日登山選定攀登此山,我算是相隔13年後舊地重遊。

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攀登山岳及湖泊:

Square Top Lake:海拔12,260/3,737公尺

Square Top Mountain:海拔13,794 / 4,204公尺

登山口Guanella Pass Trailhead,海拔11,650/3,551公尺

登山里程:來回約7.3/11.68公里

總爬升高度:約2,418/737公尺

登山時間6小時15

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行車資訊:

丹佛沿I-70西行,在Exit 228出口下交流道經Georgetown轉行Guanella Pass南下,續行約11.5哩的山路即達Guanella Pass的最高點前道路左側下方的停車場,此處即為登山口,海拔11,669/ 3,557公尺,此段道路一般車輛皆可到達。

步程簡述:

09:15 登山口出發,由Guanella Pass upper parking lot的廁所邊登山口沿South Park & Square Top LakesMt. Trail朝南前進,海拔約11,650/3,551公尺。


Guanella Pass Trailhead (3)
Guanella Pass Trailhead


09:17 Square Top Lakes & MountainInterpretive Trail岔路,取右下往Square Top Lakes & Mountain續行;
Square Top Lakes & Mountain、Interpretive Trail junction
Square Top Lakes & Mountain、Interpretive Trail junction



下行不久步道兩旁野花盛開,其中以Indian paintbrush flowers為數最多。


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (2)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado
Elephant Head Flower (6)
Elephant Head Flower
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (2)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (6)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail


09:26 經過一小溪溝,泥淖地架設木棧橋方便登山客通過;
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (4)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado 


跨過小溪溝後步道開始在山坡朝西南緩升,海拔約11,556/3,522公尺。


Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (10)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (19)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (15)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail
Indian paintbrush flowers (4)
Indian paintbrush flowers
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (8)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado


09:54 斜坡兩旁是大片Indian paintbrush flowers花海,海拔11,857/3,614公尺,距登山口約1.1哩。


Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (124)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (120)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail
Blue Columbine flowers (2)
Blue Columbine flowers
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (43)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail
Picture (135)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado


10:04 抵斜坡高點稜線,海拔約11,896/3,626公尺。


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (12)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado


10:07 步道右側一小塘,海拔11,954/3,644公尺,距登山口約1.3哩。


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (120)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (67)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail


10:15 又抵另一高點稜線,海拔約12,080/3,682公尺,此處向西遠眺很清楚的看到Square Top Mountain東端的假山頭以及其東側Square Top Lake上方的大圈谷;
Looking west at Square Top Mountain from Square Top Mountain Trail (2)
Looking west at Square Top Mountain from Square Top Mountain Trail



向東回頭俯瞰剛才經過的無名小塘以及遠眺遠方的兩座14ers—Mount Bierstadt & Evans
Looking east at Mount Evans & Bierstadt from Square Top Mountain Trail (2)
Looking east at Mount Evans & Bierstadt from Square Top Mountain Trail 



過了此稜線步道開始下坡朝Square Top Lakes續行。


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (18)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado


10:28 抵達Square Top Lakes出水口,找一處水道較狹窄處越過小溪流,上方即為Lower Square Top Lake,此處海拔約12,044/3,671公尺,距登山口約1.8哩;越過出水口後步道開始往上爬升。


Lower Square Top Lake (1)
Lower Square Top Lake


10:36 抵達Upper Square Top Lake岔路,海拔12,240/3,731公尺,距登山口約2.0哩;
Hiking to Square Top Mountain (by Tony) (15)
Upper Square Top Lake & Square Top Mountain Trail junction (5)
Upper Square Top Lake & Square Top Mountain Trail junction



左直上為Square Top Mountain Trail,取右岔先往upper Square Top Lake


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (31)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (89)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail


10:50 抵達Upper Square Top Lake,海拔12,260/3,737公尺,距登山口約2.3哩;
Upper Square Top Lake (1)
Upper Square Top Lake 


在登上Upper Square Top Lake南岸高點時兩旁黃色野花Arctic Poppy盛開著真是美麗,我們即在南岸高點上賞景小休。


Upper Square Top Lake (35)
Upper Square Top Lake (24)
Upper Square Top Lake (27)
Upper Square Top Lake & Square Top Mountain Trail junction


11:00 離開Upper Square Top Lake取左上方凹溝上攀;
Up to Square Top Mountain from the gully above upper Square Top Lake (1)
Up to Square Top Mountain from the gully above upper Square Top Lake (4)
Up to Square Top Mountain from the gully above upper Square Top Lake


坡陡但還算安全好爬,山坡野花甚多,正盛開著,邊攀爬邊賞花,倒也不覺得累。


Hiking to Square Top Mountain (by Tony) (5)
Up to Square Top Mountain from the gully above upper Square Top Lake, background are Square Top Lakes
Hiking to Square Top Mountain (by Tony) (3)
Hiking to Square Top Mountain (by Tony)
Looking east at Mount Bierstadt & Evans from the gully up to Square Top Mountain (1)
Looking east at Mount Evans & Bierstadt from Square Top Mountain Trail (4)
Looking east at Mount Bierstadt & Evans from the gully up to Square Top Mountain
Up to Square Top Mountain from the gully above upper Square Top Lake (11)
Up to Square Top Mountain from the gully above upper Square Top Lake (26)
Up to Square Top Mountain from the gully above upper Square Top Lake (28)
Up to Square Top Mountain from the gully above upper Square Top Lake


11:20 登上Upper Square Top Lake上方稜線接到Square Top Mountain Trail,此處海拔12,680/3,865公尺,距登山口約2.6哩;
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (47)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado



隨即右轉沿Square Top Mountain Trail往西北上爬,坡度蠻陡的,有部分路段是鬆散砂石,下山時宜小心避免滑倒。


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (49)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado
Looking down Square Top Lakes from Square Top Mountain Trail (2)
Looking down Square Top Lakes from Square Top Mountain Trail
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (52)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (58)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (60)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado


12:20 抵達東邊山頭下鞍部,海拔約13,290/4,051公尺,距登山口約3.0哩;
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (75)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (77)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado



一個小男孩和家人在此放風箏,在四千多公尺的高山草原放風箏,有點像是電影情節。


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (91)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (95)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail (109)
Wildflowers along Square Top Mountain Trail
Looking east at Mount Evans & Bierstadt from Square Top Mountain Trail (14)
Looking east at Mount Evans & Bierstadt from Square Top Mountain Trail


12:50 終於登上Square Top Mountain東邊山頭,海拔約13,730/4,185公尺,此處距西邊的山頂大約還有0.4哩左右;
On the Square Top Mountain's summit
On the Square Top Mountain's summit (2)
On the Square Top Mountain's east summit



此處往西看整個Square Top Mountain平坦的山頂一覽無遺,稍作休息後隨即往西端山頭前進。


Looking east down to Guanella Pass & mountains from  Square Top Mountain's east side highest point
Looking east down to Guanella Pass & mountains from  Square Top Mountain's east side highest point
Looking northwest at Grays & Torreys Peak from  Square Top Mountain's summit (1)
Looking northwest at Grays & Torreys Peak from  Square Top Mountain's summit
Broad & wide top of Square Top Mountain (1)
Broad & wide top of Square Top Mountain


13:10 抵達Square Top Mountain真正的山頂,海拔13,794 / 4,204公尺,距登山口約3.8哩,繼13年前首登此山後再度登上此山。


Square Top Mountain's summit (4)
On the Square Top Mountain's summit (by Tony) (3)
On the Square Top Mountain's summit (by Tony)


山頂展望奇佳,西北遠望Grays & Torreys Peak兩座14ers
Looking west at Grays & Torreys Peak from  Square Top Mountain's east side highest point  (2)
Looking west at Grays & Torreys Peak from  Square Top Mountain's east side highest point 



朝北近看前不久剛走過的Argentine Peak~Mount Wilcox連稜;
Looking north to mountains from Square Top Mountain's summit (3)
Looking north to mountains from Square Top Mountain's summit



西眺Gore Range群山;
Looking west at Gore Range from  Square Top Mountain's summit
Looking west at Gore Range from  Square Top Mountain's summit



西南方則是Tenmile RangeMosquito Range群山;
Looking southwest to mountains from  Square Top Mountain's summit (2)
Looking southwest to mountains from  Square Top Mountain's summit



東邊則是有名的Mount EvansMount Bierstadt兩座14ers和幾座13ers
Looking east at Mount Bierstadt & Evans from Square Top Mountain's summit (1)
Looking east at Mount Bierstadt & Evans from Square Top Mountain's summit



北邊腳底下是多次前往的Murray LakeSilver Dollar LakeNaylor Lake三座高山湖。


Looking down to Murry Reservior、Silver Dollar Lake & Maylor Lake from  Square Top Mountain's summit (1)
Looking down to Murry Reservior、Silver Dollar Lake & Maylor Lake from  Square Top Mountain's summit


在山上拍照賞景後因怕未登頂的山友在山下等候太久,不敢久留匆匆下山。




13:20循原路下山。


Broad & wide top of Square Top Mountain (6)
Broad & wide top of Square Top Mountain


13:36 抵東邊最高點開始下切。


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (112)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado
Mountain goat (7)
Mountain goat


14:03 抵達11:20Upper Square Top Lake上來的岔路,取右沿Square Top Mountain Trail下山。

14:22 South Park 岔路取左下山。


Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado (118)
Square Top Mountain Trail, Colorado


14:27 Upper Square Top Lake岔路,取右循原路下山。

15:30 返抵登山口,徐博士等已在登山口等候,隨即開車下山,結束今天的登山行程。


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