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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

 

 

 5. Rock Cut海拔 12,178呎,本是一突出岩石,現已打通使此路得以貫穿通過。

Rock Cut

Rock Cut & Longs Peak

Rock Cut & Longs Peak

 

 

 6. Tundra Communities Trailhead  位於Rock Cut 附近,通達 Toll morial (全長0.5哩,爬升,260)

Toll Memorial Trail

Toll Memorial Trail

Mushroom rocks(Toll Memorial)

 

 

 7. Lava Cliffs海拔12,135呎,從此處停車處可遠眺:

(1.) Lava Cliffs

(2.) Desolation Peaks (12,949)

(3.) Ypsilon Mountain (13,514)

(4.) Mount Chiquita (13,069)

(5.) Mount Chapin (12,454)

Lava Cliffs

Mountain views (taken from Lava Cliffs)

 8.  Gore Range海拔12,048 呎,是早期西方移民來到此,所建立的一個打獵牧場。在此可遠眺:

(1.) Longs Peak (14,255)

(2.) Stones Peak (12,922)

(3.) Terra Homah (12,718)

(4.) Mount Julian (12,928)

(5.) Mount Ida (?)

(6.) Forest Canyon

(7.) The Gore Range

(8.) Never Summer Mountains

(9.) The Crater

(10.) Specimen Mountain (12,489)

Mountain views (taken from Forest Canyon point)

 

 9. Alpine Visitor Center: 海拔11,796 (3,595.公尺),這裡擁有園區唯一一座的紀念品商店(Trail Ridge Store)與餐廳,遊客幾乎都會到這邊來逛逛  選購紀念品或用餐。

Alpine Visitor's Center

The deer on the tundra

 

 

10. Alpine Ridge Trail: Alpine Visitor Center停車場的一角往上爬,僅僅 1/4哩的路程,爬升高度也只有300呎,但因為是高海拔,所以走起來也是蠻累人的。但當你爬到最高點時,你可環視四周的高山美景。

Looking down Alpine visitor center from Alpine Ridge Trail

Alpine Visitor Center (the highest point)

 

11.  Medicine Bow Curve 海拔11,640 呎。由此往北可遠眺20哩外的Medicine Bow Mountain Range 35哩外的懷俄明州。

Mountain views (taken from Medicine Bow Curve)

Medicine Bow Curve

 

 

()Old Fall River Road

Old Fall River Road 的起點在 Horseshoe Park(海拔8540) 附近,終點於山頂上的 Alpine Visitor Center(海拔11796)銜接Trail Ridge Road,全長11(2哩鋪設柏油9哩石子路)這是早期連接東部草原跟 Alpine Visitor Center 的道路。由於園方後來新開一條鋪上柏油路面的 Trail Ridge Road,不僅是連接東部平原跟 Alpine Visitor Center,而且還是翻山越嶺的連接上東西兩邊。自從開通之後,園方就將這條舊的路,讓它保持原始風味,一樣是砂石路面,而且改為單向通車。其實這條砂石路面的路,並不會難走,只不過有些地方挺窄的。如果有車停下來在你的前面,有些地方可能會沒辦法超過去。另外,這條路在冬季的時候是關閉的。如果想體會古人如何穿越山脈,可以開車到Old Fall River Road走走。

Old Fall River Road

此路中間有一登山口--  Chaplin Creek Trailhead,海拔 10,640 feet.( 3243 M ),由此可登Ypsilon Mountain (距離3.5 Miles, 爬升高度2,874 feet)

Chapin pass trailhead 

The summit of Chiquita(Elev.13069 ft. 3983 m)

 

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