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相隔十年再登科州第三高峰Mount Harvard (2019.08.17)

Taken from the summit of Mount Harvard (9)
Taken from the summit of Mount Harvard

山岳簡介:

在科羅拉多州的14ers 中有好幾座是以美國東岸長春藤名校(Ivy League)命名,稱之為"Collegiate Peaks";包括Mount HarvardMount PrincetonMount OxfordMount ColumbiaMount Yale

 

 
Mount HarvardMount Yale都是由哈佛大學地質學教授J. D. Whitney1869年命名,那年他帶領著哈佛大學地質探測隊到科羅拉多洛磯山脈探測,當他們隊伍經過Trout Creek Pass時,他們將看到的這座最高的山峰以自己的學校命名為Mount Harvard( 14,420 ft.),而將另一座較矮的山以Josiah Whitney的母校命名為Mount Yale( 14,196 ft.)

 

 
Mount Harvard海拔14,420(4,395公尺),是科羅拉多第三高峰,也是美國本土48州第四高峰;科羅拉多高山中僅有三座超過14,400呎,Mount Harvard是其中的一座,其他兩座是Mount Elbert(14,433)Mount Massive(14,421)。他位在Buena Vista小鎮西北方11哩處,一般登山客喜歡將此山和其南邊的另一座以哥倫比亞大學命名的14ers---Mount Columbia一起攀爬,因為兩山之間有一條長約2.2哩的山脊稜線相連,雖然是蠻累的行程,但一天爬兩座14ers也是值得的。

 

 
Mount HarvardMount Columbia兩座14ers我在2009年便和山友去攀登過,當年走了16個多小時,有夠累;前幾天山友邀約攀登Mount Harvard,剛好兩個孫子有空,我順便帶兩個孫子前往攀登,相隔10年後終有機會再度登上此座科州第三高峰。

 

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攀登山岳Mount Harvard,海拔14,420/4,395公尺,科羅拉多州第三高峰

 

登山口North Cottonwood Trailhead(海拔9,900/3,018公尺)

 

登山里程:來回約14/22.4公里

 

總爬升高度:約4,600/1,402公尺

 

登山時間11小時05

 

同行山友:沈宇靈、李建才、王如友(Tony)MatthewJacob
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行車資訊:

 

Golden取道I-70州際道路西行,從I-70 W 195 號出口下交流道沿CO-91 SCopper Mountain/Leadville的方向行駛,CO-91 S行約22哩後在LeadvilleUS-24 南行,US-24 南行約35 哩抵Buena VistaCrossman Ave向右轉西行,Crossman Ave0.3 哩後接著走Co Rd 3501.8 哩後遇”T” 字路右轉接CR 361續行 (行不久轉為土石路) ,約1哩後左轉進入CR 365(土石路),再行約5哩後抵路終點即為登山口North Cottonwood Trailhead(海拔9,900);我們約在四點半左右抵達停車場,抵達時停車位已將停滿,可見此山之熱門程度。

 

 
行車路線圖:
 
 
步程簡述:

 

04:47 登山口上頭燈出發,海拔約9,900/3,018公尺。

 


North Cottonwood Trailhead
North Cottonwood Trailhead


 
05:00 過橫跨Cottonwood Creek的木橋,海拔約9,886/3,013公尺,距登山口約0.1哩;
The first footbridge across Cottonwood Creek
The first footbridge across Cottonwood Creek


此後一路在Cottonwood Creek的南岸西行,步道大致寬敞緩升,走來舒爽。

 

05:12 進入Colegiate Peaks Wilderness範圍,路旁立有一根界牌,海拔約10,200/3,109公尺,距登山口約0.9哩。

 


Collegiate Peaks Wilderness sign (1)
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness sign


 
05:35 抵另一座橫跨Cottonwood Creek的木橋,此處海拔10,330/3,149公尺,距登山口約1.5哩;
The second footbridge across Cottonwood Creek
The second footbridge across Cottonwood Creek



過橋後步道轉為在Cottonwood Creek的北岸朝西北上山,路徑變陡且較為崎嶇不平。

 

05:38 抵達Kroenke LakeHorn Fork Basin岔路,此處海拔10,379/3,164公尺,距登山口約1.6哩;
Kroenke Lake & Horn Fork Basin trail junction (1)
Kroenke Lake & Horn Fork Basin trail junction 


左岔往Kroenke Lake不取,取右岔往Horn Fork Basin and Bear Lake

 

06:17 過一小溪,海拔10,683/3,256公尺,距登山口約2.1哩;由小溪上墊腳石及原木過溪。

 

06:25 Mount Columbia第一岔路,海拔10,930/3,331公尺,此處距登山口約2.6哩;此路線應該廢棄一段時間了,已看不出路跡,取直行續往Mount Harvard

 

06:32 來到一空曠地,海拔約11,247/3,428公尺),此處距登山口約3.5哩;Mount Columbia西南稜矗立在右側(東邊),空地上野花遍開。

 


Morning light on the mountains (2)
Morning light on the mountains
The meadow along the trail (3)
The meadow along the trail


 
 
07:03 Mount Columbia第二岔路,右往Mount Columbia,海拔11,489/3,502公尺,此處距登山口約3.7哩;取左往Mount Harvard

 


Mount Harvard & Columbia trail junction (1)
Mount Harvard & Columbia trail junction


 
07:05 出森林線,海拔約11,566/3,525公尺,此處距登山口約3.8哩。
Hiking trail through Horn Fork Basin (1)
Horn Fork Basin


在此地左側是Horn Fork BasinMount Harvard矗立在正前方北邊,遠眺南邊另一座14ers--Mount Yale( 14,196 ft / 4,327 m )正與Mount Harvard南北對峙。
Morning light on Mount Harvard, taken from Horn Fork Basin (3)
Morning light on Mount Harvard, taken from Horn Fork Basin
Morning light on Mount Yale, taken from Horn Fork Basin (8)
Morning light on Mount Yale, taken from Horn Fork Basin



此後步道沿著Horn Fork Basin東側在矮Willows(不同於我們稱的柳樹)樹叢中穿梭前進。

 


Looking north at Harvard~Columbia ridge from Horn Fork Basin (1)
Looking north at Harvard~Columbia ridge from Horn Fork Basin


 
07:28 越過Horn Fork Creek小溪和矮Willows樹叢後來到Horn Fork Basin的北端,步道開始往北邊Mount Harvard爬升,此處海拔約11,723/3,573公尺,距登山口約4.3哩;在此小休片刻再行。

 

07:40 步道沿著小溪Horn Fork Creek左岸上升,海拔約11,781/3,591公尺,距登山口約4.4哩,右下方是Horn Fork Creek

 

07:45 抵達Horn Fork Basin北端高點,此時Mount Harvard整個山頭看得更清楚了。

 


Looking north at Mount Harvard from the trail between the top of Horn Fork Basin & Bear Lake junction (3)_副本
Looking north at Mount Harvard from the top of Horn Fork Basin near 11,800 ft.


 
07:50 又過一小溪,海拔約11,913/3,631公尺,距登山口約4.6哩,過了小溪後步道開始往北爬升,坡度比前面陡多了,步道兩旁高山野花盛開。

 


Looking north at Mount Harvard from the trail between the top of Horn Fork Basin & Bear Lake junction (7)
Looking north at Mount Harvard from the trail between the top of Horn Fork Basin & Bear Lake junction
Mount Harvard Trail (the top of Horn Fork Basin to Bear Lake junction) (10)
Mount Harvard Trail (the top of Horn Fork Basin to Bear Lake junction) (12)
Mount Harvard Trail (the top of Horn Fork Basin to Bear Lake junction) (14)
Mount Harvard Trail (the top of Horn Fork Basin to Bear Lake junction) (17)
Mount Harvard Trail (the top of Horn Fork Basin to Bear Lake junction)


 
08:21 抵達Bear Lake岔路,海拔12,363/3,768公尺,此處距登山口約5.2哩,左岔往Bear Lake,單程約0.3哩;
Bear Lake Trail junction
Bear Lake Trail junction
Looking south at Mount Yale from the trail between the top of Horn Fork Basin & Bear Lake junction (6)
Looking south at Mount Yale from the trail between the top of Horn Fork Basin & Bear Lake junction



在此小休5分鐘後取右岔續往Mount Harvard爬升。

 


Taken from Bear Lake Trail junction (5)
Taken from Bear Lake Trail junction (7)
Taken from Bear Lake Trail junction
Mount Harvard Trail (Bear Lake junction to the flat shoulder) (3)
Mount Harvard Trail (Bear Lake junction to the flat shoulder)


 
08:35 抵達13,598’ 峰東南側山腳下,接下來是一大片亂石坡往 13,598’ 峰東南側鞍部爬升,此處海拔12,638/3, 852公尺,距登山口約5.5哩。

 


The Talus Field located on the south side of the shoulder, which is on the east side of Unnamed Peak 13,598' (1)
The Talus Field located on the south side of the shoulder, which is on the east side of Unnamed Peak 13,598'
First views of Bear Lake (1)
First views of Bear Lake
Mount Columbia from the trail near 12,638' (2)
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