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Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (2019.10.26)

Buffalo Cabin trailhead, Colorado (4)
Buffalo Cabin trailhead, Colorado

今天華人登山隊計畫前往Silverthorne附近走一條由Lily pad/Buffalo Cabin trailhead走到South Willow FallsGore Range Trail的步道,因為前兩天才又下了一場雪,所以出發前預估山上會有積雪,已做好隨時下撤的心理準備。

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登山步道Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Silverthorne

登山口Lily pad/Buffalo Cabin trailhead,海拔9,708/2,959公尺

折返點Gore Range trail junction,海拔9,656/2,943公尺

登山里程4.16/6.7公里

總爬升高度958/292公尺

登山時間4小時28

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行車資訊:

GoldenCO-470 E下交流道後走I-70 W西行,行約54.3哩後於Exit 205出口 (CO-9 N出口)下交流道走CO-9 N/Blue River Pkwy,朝Silverthorne前進,0.5 哩後於Wildernest Rd向左轉,行0.3哩後遇Ryan Gulch Rd岔路繼續直行走Buffalo Mountain Dr0.9哩後左轉再行0.2哩後於Ryan Gulch Rd向右轉,沿Ryan Gulch Rd上山行約1.8哩抵達Lily pad/Buffalo Cabin trailhead路左停車場,海拔9,678/2,950公尺,登山口在道路右側。

步程簡述:

09:20 從登山口出發,海拔9,708/2,959公尺;
Buffalo Cabin trailhead, Colorado (1)
Buffalo Cabin trailhead, Colorado


一開始即是厚厚的積雪,與出發前預估的狀況差太多了,大家心裡已有個譜,走到哪兒算哪兒,已不敢期望能走完全程了!

步道由登山口解說牌的左側朝西北方向往Buffalo Mountain的東稜稜線爬升,整個山坡覆蓋著約數十公分厚的積雪,要不是已被眾多的登山客走出一條深溝似的小徑還真不好走,沿途一路回望山腳下的Dillon Reservoir以及東邊的山岳。


Buffalo Cabin trailhead, Colorado (5)
Buffalo Cabin trailhead, Colorado
Looking east at mountains from Buffalo Cabin trailhead above (6)
Looking east at mountains from Buffalo Cabin trailhead above (7)
Looking east at mountains from Buffalo Cabin trailhead above (3)
Looking east at mountains from Buffalo Cabin trailhead above (5)-1
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (197)
Looking east at mountains from Buffalo Cabin trailhead above

09:28 抵達一大片遭森林大火焚毀的杉木林,大火之後僅剩大片的焦黑枯木,登山步道就在焦黑的枯木林中續朝西北穿梭爬升。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by 官祥) (7)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (2)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (6)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (14)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (166)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (175)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (190)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (192)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado

09:34 抵達Eagles Nest Wilderness的界牌處,過了此界牌即進入Eagles Nest Wilderness的範圍,此處海拔9,938/3,029公尺,距登山口約0.35/0.57公里;
Eagles Nest Wilderness boundary
Eagles Nest Wilderness boundary


步道到此已近Buffalo Mountain的東稜稜線,坡度已沒剛才那麼陡,續往西北緩平前進,逐漸離開災區的枯木林,出現的是筆直高大的杉木林,地面的積雪也越來越厚。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by Tina) (12)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by 官祥) (9)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by Tina) (1)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by Tina)

09:42 抵達一處岔路,左岔往Buffalo Mountain,右岔往Royal Buffalo Drive FDT318另一登山口,取直行沿”South Willow Creek Trail”指示牌方向前行,此處海拔9,954/3,034公尺,距登山口約0.6/0.97公里;
Buffalo Mountain - South Willow Creek Trail split (2)
Buffalo Mountain - South Willow Creek Trail split
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (19)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado


此處約在Buffalo Mountain的東稜稜線上,步道續行越稜到Buffalo Mountain的東稜北坡西北行。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (29)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado

09:56 抵達稜線上一處空曠地,海拔9,984/3,043公尺,距登山口約0.87/1.4公里;在此向西邊仰望Buffalo Mountain的假山頭,東邊遙望GraysTorreys兩座14ers以及鄰近山頭,步道在此開始朝北陡降。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by Tina) (10)
Looking east at mountains from Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail, Square Top Mountain is in the distance
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (135)
Looking east at mountains from Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (137)
Looking west at Buffalo mountains false summit from Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail

陡降坡積雪很厚,幾乎看不到登山步道,唯有靠些微不明顯的足跡下行,還好出發前我已畫好航跡,就靠著足跡及航跡小心前行,部分路段經過亂石區更是危險,深達及膝的積雪根本不知道積雪下的路況,或亂石、或尖銳的枯枝、或足以致使腳傷甚至骨折的岩石夾縫?所以每跨出一步前都須小心踩踏,確定腳底下路況安全後再跨出另一步,致使前進速度緩慢。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by 官祥) (2)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by Tina) (19)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by Tina) (11)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (46)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado

10:37 出現一條可能是溝渠的地形,由於厚厚的積雪看不出是否為真正的溝渠?沿著溝渠的右岸西行;海拔9,715/2,961公尺,距登山口1.24/2.0公里。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (54)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (59)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (63)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (70)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (77)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (83)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (85)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado


10:58 覺偏離航跡,航跡是在右下方,隨即右下切準備接回正途,此處海拔9,711/2,960公尺,距登山口約1.49/2.4公里;下切的路更驚險難走,腳底下不知是岩石或溝渠甚至小樹梢,偶而一不小心就陷到鼠蹊部,不時傳來山友的尖叫聲,真是緊張刺激!
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by Tina) (22)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (88)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado

11:09 回到航跡上的正確的步道,海拔9,656/2,943公尺,取左沿正確步道北行。

11:23 由兩根原木橫跨一條小溪溝,海拔9,593/2,924公尺,距登山口約1.86/3.0公里;
Cross a creek (3)
Cross a creek


此處是此行的最低點,過了小溪溝後續往東北行。



11:27 抵達South Willow Creek,由橫跨在South Willow Creek上的木橋穿過,然後微轉西北行,此處海拔9,603/2,927公尺,距登山口約1.93/3.1公里;
Cross South Willow Creek (3)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction (by Tina) (17)
Cross South Willow Creek


一路望去幾乎看不到步道痕跡,完全依照GPS帶路,我在想,此時如沒了GPS,四周一看森林下是一片雪白,根本分不清方向,如此低溫下肯定完蛋!

11:45 終於接上Gore Range trail,海拔9,656/2,943公尺,距登山口約2.17/3.5公里;
Gore Range Trail junction (9)
Gore Range Trail junction


此岔路右往Willowbrook Trailhead,左往South Willow FallsGore Range Trail,前兩年都走過該步道,但今天步道全被大雪覆蓋,陌生得很,完全看不出曾走過的印象。

本來今天是預計走到South Willow Falls再視路況往Gore Range trail續行的,但今天雪況實在太超乎想像了,登山口到此才走了2.17/3.5公里就花了2小時25分,而此處距South Willow Falls還有半哩路,尚且越往上行雪況一定越糟,所以領隊決定在此用餐後下撤。


Gore Range Trail junction (7)
Gore Range Trail junction (6)
Gore Range Trail junction

12:02 循原路折返下山。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (89)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado

12:10 South Willow Creek,過橋後續行。

12:23 回到上山時走錯路接回步道點,取直行循正確航跡東南行。

12:32 接上小溝渠,海拔9,718/2,962公尺,上山時錯過此下切點,事實上在大雪覆蓋下根本看不出有步道下切的痕跡;
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (92)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado


接上小溝渠後左轉沿溝渠左岸東行。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (66)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (94)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (81)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado


12:42 脫離溝渠右上切,接著是陡峭的山徑,爬得有點累,但有上山時留下的足跡所以走起來輕鬆些。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (101)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (108)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado


13:09 登上Buffalo Mountain的東稜稜線上,開始朝南再轉東南緩坡下山。


Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (126)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (132)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (139)
Looking east at mountains from Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (150)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (179)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (186)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (202)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado (207)
Hiking on Buffalo Cabin trailhead to Gore Range trail junction, Colorado


13:47 返抵登山口,搭阿才的車回Golden,結束今天的雪地登山活動。


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