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落磯山國家公園(Rocky Mountain National Park) (上)

 

一、園區景觀道路:        

() Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road是指US 34號高速公路東起Estes Park,西至Grand Lake,橫越落磯山國家公園,並且跨越美國大陸落磯山脈分水嶺的一段道路,它是遊客最常走的路線,同時也是美國境内最高的雙向柏油路(The highest paved continuous motorway in the United,意指道路兩端都有出口連接不同市鎮。美國境內最高的鋪設好道路是The Mount Evans Scenic Byway,長28哩的Mount Evans公路, 是全美汽車能通的最高路段及國家森林風景道路, Idaho Springs一路往上爬到高度14,264呎的Mount Evans山頂,但它必須原路折回,不是continuous motorway),最高點達海拔12183。許多遊客喜歡在此附近徘迴,環視群峰。苔原上偶而可碰到成群的Mule deer。此條道路通常在陣亡將士紀念日(Memorial Day)前後、約在五月底到十月中這段期間開放,直到雪季來臨。

 

Trail Ridge Road

Longs Peak(taken from Trail Ridge Road)

Chipmunk

 

沿此路由東往西重要景點有:

1. Deer Ridge Junction海拔 8,978 feet,是 Trail Ridge Road的東端,也是US.36US.34的交接點,在此可看到Longs Peak及其週遭之高山。

Seen looking Continental Divide from Deer Mt.

Overlook along 34 Rd.(Horseshoe park)

 

2. Many Parks Cruve海拔 9,691呎,每年十月中旬到次年六月此公路即由此點起西至Colorado River Trailhead封閉。在此可看到:

(1.) Deer Mountain (10,013)

(2.) Eagle Cliff (8,906)

(3.) Twin Sisters (11,413)

(4.) Moraine Park

(5.) Estes Cone (11,006)

(6.) Mt Lady Washington (13,281)

(7.) Mount Meeker (13,911)

(8.) Longs Peak (14,255)

(9.) Storm Peak (13,326)

(10.) Pagoda Mountain (13,497)

(11.) Chiefs Head Peak (13,579)

(12.) Mc Henrys Peak (13,327)

(13.) Powell Peak (13,208)

 

 

3. Rainbow Curve海拔10,875呎,是 Horseshoe Park Alluvial Fan the Beaver Ponds的最佳觀景點,此地設有公共廁所。在此點尚可觀看到下列高山:

(1.) Mount Chapin (12,454)

(2.) Mount Chiquita (13,069)

(3.) Ypsilon Mountain (13,514)

(4.) Mount Fairchild (13,502)

(5.) Hagues Peak (13,560)

(6.) Mommy Mountain (13,425)

(7.) Roaring River

(8.) Bighorn Mountain (11,463)

(9.) McGregor Mountain (10,456)

(10.)     Deer Mountain (10,013)

ainbow Curve

Overlooking Mummy Mt. from Rainbow Curve

Overlooking Horeshoe park from Rainbow Curve

 

 

 4. Forest Canyon海拔 11,758 呎,是 Forest Canyon 和美國大陸落磯山脈分水嶺群山的最佳觀景點。在此可見下列高山 :(1.) Longs Peak (14,255)(2.) Stones Peak (12,922)(3.) Spraque Mountain(12,713)(4.) Hayden Spire(5.) Hayden Gorge(6.) Terra Tomah (12,718)(7.) Mt Ida(8.) Gorge Lakes

Continental Divide from Forest Canyon  overlook

Elk at the Alpine tundra

Forest canyon overlook point

View of Longs Peak from Forest Canyon

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