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Mount Parnassus via Watrous Gulch(2021.07.03)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus (10)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus 

Mount Parnassus我在2015年曾兩度攀登,第一次是經由Watrous Gulch連登Mount ParnassusWoods Mountain,第二次是經由Bard Creek Trail攀登Bard PeakMount Parnassus O形環走;今天隨登山隊單攻Mount Parnassus是第三度攀登,也是今年來美首度攀登的第一座13er

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攀登山岳Mount Parnassus,海拔13,574 / 4,137 公尺

登山口Herman Gulch Trailhead,海拔10,125 / 3,086公尺

登山里程7.33/11.8公里

總爬升高度3,442/1,049公尺

登山時間7小時25分鐘

登山隊伍丹佛華人登山隊

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行車資訊:

由丹佛沿I-70州際公路西行,然後在Exit 218出口下交流道,隨即右後轉彎行駛一條兩三百呎的石子路即抵達Herman Gulch Trailhead,登山口有一處蠻大的停車場,登山口就在停車場的北邊中間位置,此登山口是Herman Gulch TrailWatrous Gulch Trail共用登山口。

步程簡述:

07:35 由登山口出發,座標N39.70239° W105.85421°,海拔3086公尺;

Herman Gulch Trailhead (4)

Herman Gulch Trailhead 

 

Watrous Gulch TrailMount Machebeuf 的東南側坡往東前進,一開始數百呎的步道在松林中平緩前進,步道維護得很好。

07:42 遇到岔路,左岔步道為Herman Gulch Trail,是通往Herman Lake的步道,右直行Watrous Gulch TrailMount Parnassus,此處距登山口約400(122公尺)

Herman Gulch Trail intersection (1)

Herman Gulch Trail intersection 

 

取右直行。

Hike Mount Parnassus (1)

Hike Mount Parnassus

Looking south at Torreys Peak from Mount Parnassus trail near 10,610' (2)

Looking south at Torreys Peak from Mount Parnassus trail near 10,610'

Hike Mount Parnassus (15)

Hike Mount Parnassus (11)

Hike Mount Parnassus 

 

08:39 遇到小溪Watrous Gulch Creek,座標N39.71217° W105.83791°,海拔3381公尺,距登山口2.4公里;跨過橫在小溪上的木板到東岸,右邊不遠處森林中有一座傾頹的木屋或shelter遺址,旁有登山客搭帳篷露營。

Mount Parnassus hike (3)

Mount Parnassus hike 

 

過了小溪步道立即遇到岔路,座標N39.71240° W105.83759°,海拔3388公尺;

Bard Creek Trail intersection

Bard Creek Trail intersection

 

右岔往東續行為Bard Creek Trail (#83),左岔往北直行是Watrous Gulch Trail(#95),取左北行沿Watrous Gulch前進。

Watrous Gulch Trail一路在Watrous Gulch Creek()岸緩慢上行,還算好走;峽谷盡頭右邊山頭是Woods Mountain,右側高山則是Mount Parnassus

Mount Parnassus hike (6)

Mount Parnassus hike

 

回頭南望海拔4,349公尺的Torreys Peak山頭高高矗立在山谷的另一端。

09:00 眼前出現一條小小的小溪,座標N39.71929° W105.84040°,海拔3501公尺,距登山口3.2公里;小溪之前右側有不太明顯的岔路,主路徑過小溪往西北續行,右側那條不明顯的岔路入林往東北行,是登山的捷徑,前兩次登此山走該路線,今天取左岔過小溪沿主線上行。

09:08 又遇右岔路入林,不知是捷徑或營地,座標N39.72143° W105.84067°,海拔3509公尺,距登山口3.5公里;取左續行。

Looking south at Mount Sniktau & Torreys Peak from Mount Parnassus trail near 11,680'

Looking south at Mount Sniktau & Torreys Peak from Mount Parnassus trail near 11,627' (2)

Looking south at Mount Sniktau & Torreys Peak from Mount Parnassus trail near 11,680'

Hike Mount Parnassus (29)

Hike Mount Parnassus (24)

Hike Mount Parnassus 

 

09:26 岔路,座標N39.72263° W105.83952°,海拔3563公尺,距登山口3.8公里;取左岔直行上山。

09:32 岔路,座標N39.72266° W105.83873°,海拔3588公尺,距登山口3.9公里;右岔下山捷徑,取左直行上山。

Looking south at Mount Sniktau & Torreys Peak from Mount Parnassus trail near 11,801'

Looking south at Mount Sniktau & Torreys Peak from Mount Parnassus trail near 11,801'

 

此處已出森林線,左側的山頭是Woods Mountain,她的山坡好多獨特的奇形怪狀的石柱;

Woods Mt. from out of the treeline

Woods Mt. from out of the treeline

Rock Columns on Woods Mountain

Rock Columns on Woods Mountain

 

右側的山頭是Mount Parnassus;眼前一大片的空曠草原坡,有一條還算清晰的路徑朝東北通往Woods MountainMount Parnassus之間的鞍部,沿著小徑上攀,有點吃力。

On Mount Parnassus trail (3)

On Mount Parnassus trail

Mount Parnassus hike (12)

Hike Mount Parnassus (32)

Mount Parnassus hike 

 

10:16 上抵Woods MountainMount Parnassus之間的鞍部,此處海拔約3802公尺,距登山口約4.8公里;右側(東南)Mount Parnassus,左側(西北)Woods Mountain,取右沿Mount Parnassus草坡上行。

On the Parnassus-Woods saddle, looking toward the summit of Parnassus

On the Parnassus-Woods saddle, looking toward the summit of Parnassus

Woods Mountain as seen from the saddle between Parnassus & Woods (1)

Woods Mountain as seen from the saddle between Parnassus & Woods 

Looking southwest at mountains from the saddle between Mount Parnassus & Woods 1

Looking southwest at mountains from the saddle between Mount Parnassus & Woods 

Mount Parnassus hike (18)

Mount Parnassus hike 

 

從鞍部到Mount Parnassus山頂距離約1.2公里,還有328公尺的高度要爬升,看起來坡度蠻陡的,整個諾大的坡面無路跡可依循,只能抓準方向往上爬。

Hike Mount Parnassus (34)

Hike Mount Parnassus (35)

Hike Mount Parnassus

 

11:38 登頂Mount Parnassus,海拔13,574 (4,137公尺),距登山口約6公里(3.73)Mount Parnassus山頂是一蠻寬闊的平坦地形,約有一兩個足球場大吧!

The summit of Mount Parnassus (2)

The summit of Mount Parnassus 

On the summit of Mount Parnassus (10)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus (22)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus (27)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus (39)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus (42)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus (35)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus (31)

On the summit of Mount Parnassus 

 

東邊緊鄰著的是直線距離約一哩路的Bard Peak,六年前曾由該山沿稜線走過來完成一趟O形環走;

Looking east at Bard Peak from the summit of Mount Parnassus (2)

Looking east at Bard Peak from the summit of Mount Parnassus 

Looking northeast at mountains from Mount Parnassus' summit

Looking northeast at mountains from Mount Parnassus' summit

 

東南邊的遠方是Mount EvansMount Bierstadt兩座14ers以及連接兩座高山的鋸齒連稜~Sawtooth Ridge

Southeast view from the summit of Mount Parnassus

Southeast view from the summit of Mount Parnassus

Mount Evans(L) & Bierstadt(R) as seen from Parnassus' summit

Mount Evans(L) & Bierstadt(R) as seen from Parnassus' summit

 

南邊俯瞰I-70州際公路,越過州際公路Grays PeakTorreys Peak兩座14ers觸手可及;

South view from the summit of Mount Parnassus (1)

South view from the summit of Mount Parnassus (2)

South view from the summit of Mount Parnassus

 

西南邊的前方山頭是另一座13ers~Mount Sniktau,在其後方遠處就是幾座14ers,包括Quandary PeakMount LincolnMt. CameronMt. BrossMt. Democrat

Looking southwest at mountains from the saddle between Mount Parnassus & Woods 2

Looking southwest at mountains from the saddle between Mount Parnassus & Woods 

 

西邊仍可俯瞰I-70州際公路及隱約看到艾森豪隧道(Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel)的東入口,在隧道的上頭即是大陸分水嶺(Continental Divide)Loveland Loop的登山健行步道;

Looking down onto I-70 HWY from the summit of Mount Parnassus

Looking down onto I-70 HWY from the summit of Mount Parnassus

 

西北邊俯瞰直線距離約1.2哩的Woods Mountain

Mountain view from Mount Parnassus Trail (9)

View to the northwest from Mount Parnassus' summit at Woods Mountain

 

回到東北邊則是Indian Peaks Wilderness的一串高山及矗立在遠方的另一座14ers~Longs Peak,同方向向下俯瞰則是Ruby Creek Basin

Northeast view from the summit of Mount Parnassus

Mountain view from Mount Parnassus Trail (5)

Northeast view from the summit of Mount Parnassus

Looking southwest at Mount of the Holy Cross from the summit of Mount Parnassus

Looking southwest at Mount of the Holy Cross from the summit of Mount Parnassus

 

12:18 在山頂休息了差不多了循原路下山。

Hike Mount Parnassus (41)

Hike Mount Parnassus (47)

Hike Mount Parnassus (54)

Hike Mount Parnassus (68)

Hike Mount Parnassus (75)

Hike Mount Parnassus 

 

15:00 返抵登山口,開車返家。

 

航跡檔:Mount Parnassus via Watrous Gulch Track(2021.07.03)

 


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