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Jones Pass Hike (2021.08.07)

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass (2)

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass 

Jones Pass 位在丹佛西邊I-70州際公路往Winter Park岔路US 40公路邊小鎮Empire附近的一條越野車道及登山步道,沿途有小溪澗、流瀑及盛開野花,很適合登山健行,步道沿途多處露營地,也適合野營之用;該步道除了夏季的登山健行外,也適合冬季的cross country skiing snowshoeing;該登山步道在20世紀19351950年間曾數度要闢建為滑雪場,最終以腹地太小無法容納大量滑雪客而作罷。

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登山步道Jones Pass,折返點海拔12,543/3,823公尺

登山口Jones Pass Trailhead,海拔10,413/3,174公尺

登山里程:往返合計7.9/12.71公里

總爬升高度2,211/674公尺

登山時間4小時35

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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1.8哩後於Henderson Mine管制口前右轉土石路繼續西行,再行0.5哩後抵達Henderson Spur Trailhead停車場,座標N39.77117° W105.85442°,海拔10,412/3,174公尺;停車場北側是Henderson Spur Trail登山口,停車場續往西行則是Butler Gulch TrailJones Pass登山口。

步程簡述:

08:25 停車處出發,沿著石子路續往西行。

Jones Pass Trailhead (2)

Jones Pass Trailhead 

Jones Pass Trail (1)

Jones Pass Trail 

08:31 抵達Butler Gulch TrailJones Pass Trail岔路口,座標N39.77207° W105.85828°,海拔10,496/3,199公尺,距登山口0.2/0.32公里;

Butler Gulch Trail & Jones Pass junction (1)

Butler Gulch Trail & Jones Pass junction 

 

左岔直行往Butler Gulch Trail,右岔可行車寬敞石子路為Jones Pass Trail,取右岔上行,車道旁樹林中不少露營客,野外露營是老美的最愛。

Jones Pass Trail (2)

Jones Pass Trail

Camping sit along Jones Pass Trail (1)

Camping sit along Jones Pass Trail (4)

Camping sit along Jones Pass Trail 

08:48 抵一寬闊谷地岔路,座標N39.77915° W105.86383°,海拔10,816/3,297公尺,距登山口0.9/1.45公里;

Trail fork,enter the valley

Trail fork,enter the valley

 

取左岔寬大石子路續行,隨即越過West Fork Clear Creek後轉向朝北緩坡爬升,路旁Fireweed野花盛開;

Crossing West Fork Clear Creek

Crossing West Fork Clear Creek

Jones Pass Trail (10)

Jones Pass Trail (11)

Jones Pass Trail (13)

Jones Pass Trail (12)

Jones Pass Trail 

 

行約三百多公尺後車道大迴轉,改朝西南爬升。

Jones Pass Trail (5)

Jones Pass Trail (14)

Jones Pass Trail (6)

Jones Pass Trail 

09:27 進入苔原地區,路左立有一面告示牌,座標N39.77958° W105.87580°,海拔11,379/3,468公尺,距登山口1.9/3.06公里;

Alpine Tundra Area sign

Alpine Tundra Area sign

 

告示牌寫著~

“Alpine Tundra Ahead

You are entering a fragile Ecosystem, The Alpine Tundra once damaged requires Centuries for restorationStay On The Road, Do not Drive, Pass or Turn Around On Alpine Tundra”

Jones Pass Trail (16)

Jones Pass Trail (15)

Jones Pass Trail (17)

Jones Pass Trail (21)

Jones Pass Trail (8)

Jones Pass Trail (7)

Jones Pass Trail (4)

Jones Pass Trail 

 

09:47 經過West Fork Clear Creek支流,座標N39.78277° W105.87954°,海拔11,688/3,563公尺,距登山口2.4/3.86公里;

Tributary of the West Fork Clear Creek (1)

Tributary of the West Fork Clear Creek (2)

Tributary of the West Fork Clear Creek 

過支流後車道再轉向西南“之”字形盤升,車道兩側是一片Willows灌木叢,灌木叢間不少露營營帳。

Jones Pass Trail (18)

Jones Pass Trail 

Camping sit along Jones Pass Trail (3)

Camping sit along Jones Pass Trail (2)

Camping sit along Jones Pass Trail 

今天丹佛空氣品質是全球第二差的城市,僅次於杜拜,天空灰矇矇的,近在咫尺的山頭像是披上一層薄紗,而遠方山頭根本看不清楚,僅隱約看到山頭的輪廓。

Jones Pass Trail (3)

Jones Pass Trail (19)

Jones Pass Trail (9)

Jones Pass Trail 

10:44 抵達Jones Pass最高點,座標N39.77388° W105.88925°,海拔12,443/3,793公尺,距登山口3.7/5.95公里;

the summit of Jones Pass

The summit of Jones Pass

 

在抵最高點前100公尺左右有一面雪牆阻路,但已被車子碾出一條車道,車子通行無礙。

Snowwall near the summit (6)

Snowwall near the summit 

Snowwall near the summit (5)

Snowwall near the summit (3)

Snowwall near the summit (4)

Snowwall near the summit (2)

Snowwall near the summit 

最高點有一片空地可停車,大部分遊客大多行車至此;車道續往南行下坡可到Powder Addiction Guided Snowcat Skiing and Riding停車處一條南北向步道穿過是Continental Divide Trail,北向經過幾個山頭可通往Stanley Mountain,南向南行接Herman Gulch可抵Herman Lake

Looking south towards Continental Divide Trail

Looking south towards Continental Divide Trail

Ptarmingan (1)

Ptarmingan (2)

Ptarmingan 

 

我們在此休息午餐,今天丹佛天空因受加州森林大火影響,空氣品質極差,整個天空灰矇矇的毫無展望,山頂風大吹得不太好受。

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass (1)

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass (3)

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass (6)

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass (7)

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass (5)

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass (4)

Taken from the summit of Jones Pass 

11:10 起身沿Continental Divide Trail往南爬升。

11:16 12,543 ft高點時,因風力實在太強勁,在此撤退下山。

Taken from the Point 12,543 ft (1)

Taken from the Point 12,543 ft (6)

Taken from the Point 12,543 ft (5)

Taken from the Point 12,543 ft (4)

Taken from the Point 12,543 ft (3)

Taken from the Point 12,543 ft (2)

Taken from the Point 12,543 ft 

13:00 返抵停車處開車返家。

 

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