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Mountain Lion Trail登山健行(2019.10.13)

Knott Creek Trailhead (5)
Nott Creek Trailhead 

Mountain Lion Trail位在 Golden Gate Canyon State Park範圍內,是公園內最長的登山步道,此步道沿途會經過白楊木(aspen)、大草原和杉木林,難度不高,適合在每年5~11月份去登山健行。
Mountain Lion Trail有三座停車場,兩座在Crawford Gulch Road路邊,一座則偏離Crawford Gulch Road,由Golden Gate Canyon State Park的自助式停車繳費處沿右岔土石路西北行約0.3哩即抵Knott Creek Trailhead停車場,此次我們即是將車開到Knott Creek Trailhead的停車場。

Mountain Lion Trail沿途有多處岔路,岔路口皆有標示牌,Mountain Lion Trail是以一隻動物爪子為標示,所以不致有迷路之虞,步道旁有多處露營地,提供野外露營者露營之用。


Deer Creek Campsites & Nott Creek junction (1)_副本
The paw-print signs marking every trail 
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登山步道Mountain Lion Trail, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

登山口:Nott Creek Trailhead,海拔7,677/2,340公尺

登山里程7.15/11.5公里

總爬升高度1,673/510公尺

登山時間4小時46

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行車資訊:

Jefferson County Building Department停車場沿Jefferson County Pkwy朝北行,行約0.8哩後於US-6 W/6th Ave向右轉朝西北行,行約2.3 哩後繼續直行走CO-93 N,再行1.4哩後於Golden Gate Canyon Rd向左轉,3.9 哩後遇岔路取右岔沿Crawford Gulch Rd北行,行約3.7哩後續直行,道路轉為Drew Hill RdDrew Hill Rd再行3.9哩抵右側岔路,岔路口有Golden Gate Canyon State Park的自助式停車繳費處,每部車8元美金,繳完費後取右岔土石路西北行,行約0.3哩抵Nott Creek Trailhead停車場停車。



步程簡述:

08:45 由停車場東北角的Nott Creek Trailhead出發,海拔7,677/2,340公尺,登山口有一面解說牌及一座廁所,由廁所旁沿步道朝西北山坡上行。


Knott Creek Trailhead (2)
Nott Creek Trailhead
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (3)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (7)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (8)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (12)
Mountain view from Mountain Lion Trail


09:06 小徑接到一條較寬敞車道,左往Deer Creek Campsites ,右往 Nott Creek,取右行;此處海拔7,848/2,392公尺,距登山口約0.47/0.75公里。


Deer Creek Campsites & Nott Creek junction (2)
Deer Creek Campsites & Nott Creek junction
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (15)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


09:12 遇岔路取右下,海拔7,864/2,397公尺,距登山口約0.68/1.1公里。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (16)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (17)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (20)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


09:28 經過一小溪Deer Creek,有一座木板橋讓行人通過,此後步有2.0/3.2公里一直沿著Deer Creek沿岸往西北爬升,由於步道不時穿梭於兩岸,所以類似此木板橋有多座。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (21)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


09:29 剛過Deer Creek即遇岔路,左往Windy Peak,右往 Quarry site,取左行;此處海拔7,582/2,311公尺,距登山口約1.43/2.3公里。


Windy Peak & Quarry site junction (2)
Windy Peak & Quarry site junction
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (22)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


09:41 步道左側一座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek通往#17露營區,海拔7,674/2,339公尺,距登山口約1.68/2.7公里。


Backcountry Campsite #17
Backcountry Campsite #17


09:46 第二座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek,木板橋上尚有殘雪;海拔7,730/2,356公尺,距登山口約1.8/2.9公里,此後路徑較陰暗處都留有前三天這裡所下的第一場雪的殘雪。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (26)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (28)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


09:49 經過#19露營區岔路,海拔7,776/2,370公尺,距登山口約1.93/3.1公里。

09:51 #20露營區岔路,海拔7,789/2,374公尺,距登山口約2.0/3.2公里。

09:52 抵達Burro Trail岔路,左岔上山往Burro Trail,取右岔往Windy Peak;此處海拔7,805/2,379公尺,距登山口約2.02/3.25公里。


Burro Trail split
Burro Trail split


09:53 第三座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek;海拔7,805/2,379公尺,距登山口約2.05/3.3公里。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (36)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


10:04 第四座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek;海拔7,930/2,417公尺,距登山口約2.3/3.7公里,步道旁逐漸出現白楊木(aspen)林,但葉子大部分已掉光,僅剩下光溜溜的枝幹。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (42)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (44)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


10:09 第五座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek;海拔7,979/2,432公尺,距登山口約2.36/3.8公里。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (48)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (50)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


10:15 第六座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek;海拔8,051/2,454公尺,距登山口約2.49/4.0公里,過此路段後殘雪更多了,由於日照少所以殘雪堅硬易滑,行來特別小心。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (58)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


10:35 第七座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (62)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


10:36 第八座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek

10:38 第九座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek

10:41 第十座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek;海拔8,340/2,542公尺,距登山口約2.98/4.8公里。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (66)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


10:46 第十一座木板橋橫跨Deer Creek;海拔8,379/2,554公尺,距登山口約3.05/4.9公里。

10:58 遇無木橋小溪,由溪中墊腳石踏石過溪,此後步道即脫離Deer Creek取左朝Windy Peak爬升。

11:02 開始在Windy Peak東北面坡的美國黑松( Lodgepole Pine)林中字形爬升,海拔8,514/2,595公尺,距登山口約3.48/5.6公里;
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (68)
Ascends through a thick Lodgepole Pine forest


這一段路長約0.5/850公尺,爬升約360/110公尺,是此步道較辛苦的一段路,但由於美國黑松林中步道維護得很好,走來還算舒服,只是殘雪多,行走時小心滑倒就是。
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (72)
Ascends through a thick Lodgepole Pine forest


11:18 右急彎處岔路,左岔往Windy Peak山頂,此行隊伍沒打算登頂所以取右岔續沿Mountain Lion Trail上行;此處海拔8,740/2,664公尺,距登山口約3.73/6.0公里。


Windy Peak junction
Windy Peak junction
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (73)
Ascends through a thick Lodgepole Pine forest



11:28 登上步道最高點,海拔8,858/2,700公尺,距登山口約3.91/6.3公里,此點位在Windy Peak的西北稜線上,距Windy Peak山頂直線距離約280公尺,海拔高度比Windy Peak山頂低約86公尺,我們在此休息午餐。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (80)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (82)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (84)
The highest point on the trail


11:43 續行,越過Windy Peak的西北稜線在Windy Peak的西面坡朝南下行,下坡有部分路段陡峭小石子易滑,小心行走;透空處可以朝西南方向看到整個Mount Evans山塊所有山頭,包含Mount EvansMount Bierstadt兩座14ers


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (85)
Mountain view from Mountain Lion Trail
Looking southwest at Mount Evans & Bierstadt from Mountain Lion Trail (6)
Looking southwest at Mount Evans & Bierstadt from Mountain Lion Trail (4)
Looking southwest at Mount Evans & Bierstadt from Mountain Lion Trail
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (86)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


12:11 步道下抵Nott Creek支流,此處海拔8,524/2,598公尺,距登山口約4.54/7.3公里;步道沿著Nott Creek支流東岸朝南下行。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (90)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


12:21 右岔Buffalo Trail 不取,取左直行;海拔8,343/2,543公尺,距登山口約4.85/7.8公里。


Buffalo Trail junction (1)
Buffalo Trail junction


12:27 右岔Buffalo Trail 不取,取左直行,;海拔8,258/2,517公尺,距登山口約5.03/8.1公里。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (93)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


12:29 抵達Forgotten Valley(Tallman Ranch),海拔8,245/2,513公尺,距登山口約5.1/8.2公里;
Forgotten Valley(Tallman Ranch) (1)
Forgotten Valley(Tallman Ranch) (4)
Forgotten Valley(Tallman Ranch) (2)
Forgotten Valley(Tallman Ranch)


Forgotten Valley Tallman Ranch是一座歷史悠久的遺址,仍然保留著幾間小木屋,解說牌講述了瑞典移民Anders Tallman的故事,他於1876年與家人定居於此,並飼養了牛,雞和蔬菜販賣到不遠的採礦小鎮Blackhawk;木屋遺址下方有一座水塘,由水塘上方步道轉往東南行。

12:30 遇一岔路取右續行。

12:36 由橋上越過Nott Creek,海拔8,146/2,483公尺,距登山口約5.41/8.7公里,過Nott Creek後步道在City Lights Ridge東北面坡朝東南爬升。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (96)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (98)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


12:43 在稜線上遇右上City Lights Ridge 岔路,海拔8,199/2,499公尺,距登山口約5.59/9.0公里,右上0.5哩可抵City Lights Ridge山頂展望點,我們無登頂計畫取左沿Mountain Lion Trail直下行。


City Lights Ridge junction (1)
City Lights Ridge junction
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (100)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


12:49 遇Burro Trail岔路,左右均為Burro Trail,左往Nott Creek,右往Bridge Creek,取直行沿Mountain Lion Trail續下;此處海拔8,110呎/2,472公尺,距登山口約5.84哩/9.4公里。
Mountain Lion Trail &  Burro Trail junction (1)
Mountain Lion Trail &  Burro Trail junction 
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (102)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (103)
Mountain view from Mountain Lion Trail


13:00 步道開始急遽陡降,此處海拔8,163/2,488公尺,距登山口約6.15/9.9公里;坡陡易滑,小心下行。


Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado (107)
Mountain Lion Trail, Colorado


13:25 路右一條小徑來接,該小徑是由下方Drew Hill Rd路邊停車場上來的捷徑,海拔7,749/2,362公尺。

13:35 返抵登山口,整裝後搭徐博士的車子返回Golden結束今天的登山活動。


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