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Wheeler Lakes Trail Hike (2021.09.18)

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Wheeler Lake #1 

今天隨同登山隊前往Frisco西邊Copper Mountain滑雪度假中心旁攀登Wheeler LakesWheeler Lakes是兩座高山湖組成的湖群,登山步道大部分沿Gore Range Trail在白楊木(aspen)和黑松林(lodgepole pine)爬升,接近稜線時才分岔往Wheeler Lakes,如果行有餘力還可續沿Gore Range Trail前往Lost Lake 、甚至更遠達 Uneva Pass的最高點。

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攀登湖泊: 

   Wheeler Lake#1, 海拔11,067/3,373公尺 

   Wheeler Lake#2, 海拔11,053/3,369公尺 

登山口:Gore Range Trailhead, 海拔9,603/2,927公尺 

登山里程:全程往返8.1/13.04公里                     

 總爬升高度:1,695/517公尺 

登山時間:上下山費時 5小時26 

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行車資訊: 

由丹佛沿I-70州際公路西行,行約64哩後於Exit 196下交流道停車於Scenic area,座標N39.51799° W106.14682°,海拔9,699/2,956公尺,停車處南端即是Gore Range Trail登山口。 

步程簡述: 

08:07 登山口出發;

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Gore Range Trailhead

 

先右下跨過一座木橋後上抵一面White River National Forest解說牌岔路處,取左沿I-70西側山坡下寬敞步道南行;

White River National Forest Sign (1)

White River National Forest Sign

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今天氣象預報高溫可達華氏九十幾度,但一大早氣溫度蠻低的,雖穿上厚夾克還是冷得直打哆嗦。 

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08:40 抵跨越I-70高架橋過來的叉路,岔路口立有一面Eagles Nest Wilderness解說牌及Wheeler Gore Trail指示牌,座標N39.50697° W106.14479°,海拔9,687/2,953公尺,距登山口0.9/1.45公里;

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Wheeler Gore Trail Sign 

 

解說牌旁另有一座在Eagles Nest Wilderness露營過夜免費自行登記處;

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Overnight visitor register stop

 

沿著I-70北側山坡小徑西南行,步道左側隔著I-70州際公路對面是Copper Mountain Ski Resort,右側山坡上白楊木葉子已轉黃,在晨光照耀下鮮豔耀眼。 

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08:51 開始往開闊的山坡爬升,座標N39.50449° W106.14938°,海拔9,776/2,980公尺,距登山口1.3/2.09公里;

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Wheeler Lakes Trail Hike 

 

此後一路在白楊木(aspen)和黑松(lodgepole pine)林中爬升。 

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09:18 路左立有一面Eagles Nest Wilderness 的界線牌,座標N39.50644° W106.15577°,海拔10,170/3,100公尺,距登山口1.8/2.9公里;

Eagles Nest Wilderness Boundary

Eagles Nest Wilderness Boundary

 

過此界線牌後呈現的林相大多是黑松(lodgepole pine)林,坡度也逐漸加陡。 

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Wheeler Lakes Hike 

 

09:25 步道轉陡在黑松林間迂迴盤升,座標N39.50720° W106.15762°,海拔10,285/3,135公尺,距登山口2.0/3.2公里。 

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Wheeler Lakes Hike 

 

10:00 登上一片平坦大草原,座標N39.51194° W106.16467°,海拔10,779/3,285公尺,距登山口2.7/4.35公里;

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沿著草原東側朝北繞行。 

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Wheeler Lakes Trail Hike 

 

10:19 抵達Gore Range TrailWheeler Lakes Trail岔路,座標N39.51833° W106.16902°,海拔11,038/3,364公尺,距登山口3.3/5.31公里;

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Wheeler Lakes spur trail junction #1

 

此處叉路無指標,如取左岔前行100/30公尺則有一根左往Gore Range Trail、右往Wheeler Lakes Trail的木製指示路標,取右小徑上至一片大草原後,沿大草原寬敞步道朝東北行。 

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10:25 路右一根木牌,上面註明“No campfires at Wheeler Lakes”和“Stoves only”;過了木牌隨即抵達第一座Wheeler Lake

10:27 抵達第一座Wheeler Lake,座標N39.52044° W106.16792°,海拔11,067/3,373公尺,距登山口3.5/5.63公里;

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Wheeler Lake #1 

 

在第一座Wheeler Lake拍照小休後繼續沿著湖的西岸穿過一片樹林到達第二座Wheeler Lake

 

10:48 抵達第二座Wheeler Lake,此湖看起來比第一座湖小了一些,海拔也低了幾公尺,座標N39.52274° W106.16931°,海拔11,053/3,369公尺,距登山口3.8/6.12公里。 

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Wheeler Lake #2

在湖邊拍照後我們決定採順時針方向環湖一圈。

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Wheeler Lake #2

 

我們環湖一圈後上到湖岸東北角一處展望點北望前不久去攀登的Uneva Peak南稜;

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View to northeast at mountains from Wheeler Lake viewpoint 

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The south ridge of Uneva Peak from Wheeler Lake #2 

 

東北望Buffalo MountainTenmile rangePeak 1Tenmile Peak

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Peak 1 & Tenmile Peak from Wheeler Lake#2

 

而介於Buffalo MountainPeak 1之間的凹谷則是I-70 HwyDillon Reservoir

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I-70 Hwy & Dillon Reservoir from Wheeler Lake #2

 

在展望點小憩後循原路回到第一座Wheeler Lake午餐。 

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11:30 回到第一座Wheeler Lake湖畔陰涼處休息午餐。 

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11:50 循原路下山。 

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13:35 返抵I-70 Scenic area登山口,整裝後開車返家。 

 

 

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