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Ruby Gulch Trail登山健行記(2019.08.10)

Ruby Gulch Trailhead (5)
Ruby Gulch Trailhead

本週登山隊登山地點是位在Empire附近的Ruby Gulch TrailRuby Gulch 四年前去攀登Mount ParnassusBard Peak時曾俯瞰過這峽谷,這峽谷就位在Woods MountainMount ParnassusBard PeakRobeson Peak所包圍的由東南往西北走向的一條峽谷,Ruby Creek流經此峽谷;而峽谷的尾端有兩個盆地,一個位在Woods MountainMount Parnassus的東北山腳下,另一個則位在Mount ParnassusBard Peak所包圍的北面山腳下,但看紀錄卻很少此兩盆地的記載,本來今天有意前往一探,無奈天空不作美下起雨來因而作罷。
Looking down at the hiking route from the summit of Bard Peak
Looking down at the hiking route from the summit of Bard Peak
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登山步道Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado

登山里程:來回約6.0/9.6公里

總爬升高度:約1,530/466公尺

登山時間:約4小時

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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0.6 哩後於Woods Creek Rd向左轉,Woods Creek Rd行約1.4哩後停車於路右空地,停車處右側山頭為Red Mountain,山腳下白色圓弧形屋頂建物為Urad Mine,登山口在停車處再往前行約100公尺道路左側。


Red Mountain & Urad Mine from Ruby Gulch Trailhead (2)
Red Mountain & Urad Mine from Ruby Gulch Trailhead



步程簡述:

09:15 登山口出發,海拔10,358/3,157公尺;
Ruby Gulch Trailhead (2)
Ruby Gulch Trailhead (4)
Ruby Gulch Trailhead



登山口位在Woods Creek Road左側,登山口有一鐵柵門封住路口,應是防Jeep 進入,行人可繞過柵門兩側進入,進入後沿著有點陡的Jeep Trail上行。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (2)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



09:19 路左一空地,空地上有類似雨量計抑或地殼變動偵測設施,海拔10,424/3,177公尺,距登山口0.2哩。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (5)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (7)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



09:35 步道不再那麼陡趨於較緩平,海拔約10,664/3,250公尺,距登山口約0.5哩。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (14)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



09:38 路右一片倒木,山坡上一大片雪崩滑過的痕跡,活像一到滑雪道。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (11)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado
Looking south at Mount Parnassus fro Ruby Gulch Trail (1)
Looking south at Mount Parnassus fro Ruby Gulch Trail



09:48 遇岔路,海拔約10,910/3,325公尺,距登山口約0.9哩;
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (20)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado 



正確Jeep Trail應取右,因我們手上沒正確資料所以取左上行,兩條岔路看起來路況差不多所以誤判。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (22)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (45)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



10:07 車道盡頭,盡頭處是一平台,平台上有廢棄鐵軌應是礦場遺址,海拔11,171/3,405公尺,距登山口約1.3哩;
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (38)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



取右一條小徑進入森林穿行。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (43)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (51)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



10:18 出了森林抵一處大草原,位在Robeson Peak山腳下,海拔約11,280/3,438公尺,距登山口約1.5哩,順著草原往南上行,草原上有各種野花盛開著。


The meadow at Ruby Gulch below  Robeson Peak (4)
Elephant Head flower (1)
Elephant Head flower
The meadow at Ruby Gulch below  Robeson Peak (9)
The meadow at Ruby Gulch below  Robeson Peak (19)
The meadow at Ruby Gulch below  Robeson Peak (18)
The meadow at Ruby Gulch below  Robeson Peak
Mount Parnassus from the meadow below  Robeson Peak (2)
Mount Parnassus from the meadow below  Robeson Peak



10:32 抵大草原盡頭,海拔約11,379/3,468公尺,距登山口約1.8哩;取右上角小徑再進入林中,隨即發現左側林中有一四周以大原木構築的建物,但此建物僅四面牆並無屋頂,不知當初做何用途。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (54)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



林中小徑續往南行,但該方向與Ruby Gulch Trail有點偏離,大夥決定往右切回Ruby Gulch Trail,此時下起小雨,大夥兒穿起雨衣抓準方向後右切入林往西行,還好杉林中植被乾淨無一雜林,雖無路徑但乾淨好走。





10:45 接回正確的Jeep Trail,海拔約11,300/3,444公尺,距登山口約2.0哩,取左沿Jeep Trail上山。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (57)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (60)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



10:50 Ruby Creek上游,踩溪中石頭或一根大鋼管渡過,海拔約11,376/3,467公尺,距登山口約2.1哩,過河後續沿Jeep Trail上行。


Crossing Ruby Creek (3)
Crossing Ruby Creek



10:53 上抵一willows、草原,Mount Parnassus矗立在南方。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (65)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado, background is Mount Parnassus
Looking southwest at Mount Parnassus from Ruby Creek Basin (3)
Looking southwest at Mount Parnassus from Ruby Creek Basin



11:07 又過一小溪,此為Ruby Creek上游支流,海拔11,404/3,476公尺,距登山口約2.2哩;
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (123)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado


跨過小溪後續沿Jeep Trail上行,但此後Jeep Trail可能久未使用幾已荒廢,部分路段僅剩羊腸小徑。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (78)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (75)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado
Looking southwest at Mount Parnassus from Ruby Creek Basin (6)
Looking southwest at Mount Parnassus from Ruby Creek Basin



11:30 折返點,此處約在Mount ParnassusWoods Mountain之間最低鞍部的山坡下方不遠處,海拔約11,830/3,606公尺,距登山口約3.0哩;
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (80)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (84)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (98)
The basin below Mount Parnassus & Woods Mountain (10)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (103)
The basin below Mount Parnassus & Woods Mountain (12)
The basin below Mount Parnassus & Woods Mountain 



雨勢不小,衣服都淋濕了,我們決定在此吃點東西後下撤。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (83)
Looking southwest at Bard Peak & Mount Parnassus from Ruby Creek Basin
The basin below Mount Parnassus & Woods Mountain (24)
The basin below Mount Parnassus & Woods Mountain (27)
The basin below Mount Parnassus & Woods Mountain
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (85)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (88)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (91)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado
Looking southwest at Bard Peak & Mount Parnassus from Ruby Creek Basin (2)
Looking southwest at Bard Peak & Mount Parnassus from Ruby Creek Basin
Looking southwest at Bard Peak & Mount Parnassus from Ruby Creek Basin



11:40 循原路下山。

11:54 跨過Ruby Creek上游支流,海拔11,404/3,476公尺。

12:00 Ruby Creek,過溪後循 Jeep Trail續行下山。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (130)
Crossing Ruby Creek
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (138)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



12:20 過小溪,海拔11,040/3,365公尺,此處距登山口約1.2哩。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (144)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado



12:28 回到上山時走錯的岔路,海拔約10,910/3,325公尺,此處距登山口還有約0.9哩的路程;續行下山。


Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado (157)
Ruby Gulch Trail, Empire, Colorado
Wild mushroom along the trail (1)
Wild mushroom along the trail



13:00 返抵登山口,此時竟然雨過天晴,藍天白雲再現,但,總不能再上山一趟吧?不捨地搭Tony的便車返回Golden


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