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La Plata Peak 三人行(2007.07.21)

 

La Plata Peak高聳矗立在Twin LakesIndependence Pass之間,四面都是陡峭的坡面,只有兩條較寬廣緩坡的山脊通向山頂。一條是Southwest Ridge登山口在West Winfield Trailhead另一條是今日一般登山客攻頂的標準傳統路線Northwest Ridge登山口是La Plata Peak Trailhead,就在CO 82公路旁(距東邊的Balltown 14.5哩,距西邊的Independence Pass 8.8)

此座山我和GoergeThomas2007.07.21一同去攀爬,當天清晨四點由家中出發,取道I-70州際道路西行,到Exit 195改走CO-91南下,經小鎮Leadville匯入US 24續往南行,約17哩後接CO-82西行,途中經過Twin Lakes,再行約約7哩後達登山口。我們在登山口稍作整裝後出發。

The viewpoint along US-24,south 0f Leadville

 La Plata from Trailhead

 

 

07:00 登山口出發。

South Fork Lake Creek road

 

 

沿可通車行的大道South Fork Lake Creek road南下,隨即從South Fork Lake Creek的橋上經過。不久行約1/4哩來到入山登記處,Thomas登記後我們隨即進入森林東行,步道維護得很好。

La Plata trailhead

 

07:12 又經過一座小橋,橋下是黃濁的South Fork Lake Creek,水勢澎湃,從陡峭的峽谷中穿過,有點「小」峽谷的架勢;

On the bridge across South Fork Lake Creek 

 

 

過橋後續行約1/3哩,經一原木橋跨越La Plata Gulch,隨即轉向南,一路沿La Plata Gulch上行,路右潺潺流水聲一路相伴。此段路大約在海拔10,400呎到10,700呎之間,整個步道大部份是圓木或石塊築成的石階,坡度有點陡,速度稍微加快便氣喘如牛。

La Plata Gulch

 

08:10 出森林,路徑轉為平坦,仍在La Plata Gulch中前行。

La Plata trail along La Plata Gulch

La Plata trail along La Plata Gulch

 

08:22 步道往左上攀離開La Plata Gulch,此時Sayres Benchmark(13ers)出現在山谷遠方盡頭,此地海拔約11,100呎。步道偶而經過碎石坡,沿山坡緩升,離峽谷越來越遠。

 Sayres BM from La Plata Gulch

 

 

08:35 來到一凹谷地形,步道90度左轉;往上一看是數不清的「之」字形坡道,此地海拔約11,300呎。

Climb away from the gulch with a series of small switchbacks

 

埋頭往上爬,後頭跟上一群CFI(Colorado Fourteeners Initiative)的義工,約有一、二十人,人人手拿工具要來維修步道,感謝這些義工。

 Hiker & wildflower crowded the trail

 Looking down the gulch (They are CFI's  volunteers)

 Mountain gentian(Parry gentian)

 

 

08:55 「之」字形坡道頂點,步道轉直,朝南沿山腰緩升,海拔約11,800呎。

 I'm the first !

 The trail traverses south along the slope

 Looking down the gulch

 

 

09:16 來到一平坦地形,經此空曠地形後,步道旋即轉左,朝Northwest Ridge陡上,海拔約12,300呎。

 At 12,300', The trail crosses this flat area before climbing up to the NW ridge

 

 

09:33 Northwest Ridge稜線,海拔約12,750呎。

At 12,750' on the ridge view north

The summit seen from 12,800' on the ridge

 

 

此地距山頂還有1.25哩左右,但卻是此行較為艱難的一段路程。稍事休息後順稜線爬升。步道旁高山野花為伴,偶而幾隻Ptarmigan來湊熱鬧。步道很陡峭,時而在亂石堆中穿梭攀爬,挺累人的!

Heading up to the summit

Elk Thistle

 dusky penstemon(whipple penstemon)

 Black-tipped Senecio

A ptarmigan alongside the trail in La Plata's northwest  

 Hiker, too.

 Are you OK, Thomas .

 Looking down the way we came up.

 The terrain near the summit

 

 

10:25 來到一處雪原,海拔約13,600呎。從雪原中間穿越上爬。

Through the snowfield

 Viewing the remaining route from 13,500'

 Through the snowfield

 The terrain near the summit

 Ellingwood Ridge & Mt. Elbert from La Plata

 Looking down the way we came up.

 Mountains views from La Plata view to west

 

11:00 穿越雪原,步道轉右切入La Plata西側坡,朝一高點挺進。

 Looking up the point 14,200'

 

11:25  La Plata西側坡14,200呎高點。步道轉左朝山頂直上。

 A point near 14,200' on the west ridge

 Ellingwood Ridge as seen from the summit of La Plata

 Looking down the way we came up.

 Ellingwood Ridge from near La Plata summit

 

11:36 La Plata假山頭,峰頂在不遠處。

False summit

 Approaching the summit

 

11:40 登頂科州第五高峰,海拔14,336/4,370公尺。山頂展望佳,在此用餐、照相。

The summit of La Plata peak

 

On the La Plata's summit

4 14ers. from La Plata summit

Huron Peak & Three Apostles from La Plata summit

 Crystal Lake from LaPlata summit

 Huron Peak & Three Apostles from La Plata summit

 On top, looking over Ellingwood Ridge to Mt. Elbert.

Mountains view from La Plata Peak's summit

 

12:25 下山

 The false summit from the summit

 

 

12:31 通過假山頭

 

13:00 通過大雪原

Hoping among the rocks

Looking down the gulch

 La Plata northwest ridge trail

 

 

13:30 Northwest Ridge稜線向左下切。

La Plata northwest ridge trail

La Plata northwest ridge trail

 

14:12 La Plata Gulch

La Plata northwest ridge trail

Red columbine

Blue Flax

Monkshood

Early larkspur

 

15:10 South Fork Lake Creek小峽谷上之小橋

On the bridge across South Fork Lake Creek 

 

15:20 抵登山口,整裝回家。

 South Fork Lake Creek road

 

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