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McCullough Gulch(2009.06.14)

 

我於05:40由租屋處出發,06:20左右到登山口(Elev. 11,105 ft.)。

Quandary Peak as seen from Breckenridge 7 miles south on CO- 9

Quandary Peak as seen from Breckenridge 7 miles south on CO- 9

McCullough Gulch Road 2

McCullough Gulch Road

McCullough Gulch Gate

McCullough Gulch Gate

 

 

06:40 登山口出發,沿著寬敞的舊時採礦道路緩上;路左是14ers--Quandary peak山稜,山坡上積雪還蠻多的,一輪明月仍高掛山頭(今天是農曆22)

McCullough Gulch Trailhead 1

McCullough Gulch Trailhead

 

 

06:45 一木板橋橫跨McCullough Creek而過,過橋後沿著McCullough Creek右岸上行。

Lower Bridge

Lower Bridge

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch 1

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch 2

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch

Lower Road(Old mining road) 2

Lower Road(Old mining road)

 

06:52 路左是一處採礦遺址,保留完整礦場物品,類似一處礦場博物館。參觀後續由遺址右側道路上行。

Mining ruins 8

Mining ruins 2

Mining ruins 1

Mining ruins 3Mining ruins

Mining ruins 6

Lower Road(Old mining road) 3

Lower Road(Old mining road)

Red Mt. & Hoosier Ridge as seen from McCullough Gulch

Red Mt. & Hoosier Ridge as seen from McCullough Gulch

Upper Blue Valley 1

Upper Blue Valley

 

 

07:00 左側岔路是為登山步道,右側道路續行則進入私人產業,此地距登山口約0.67哩。

Junction

Junction

 

取左沿狹小步道進入松林,進入不久即遇到好多倒木,幸好已加鋸斷,不妨礙前進;這些倒木部分是強風吹倒,部分是積雪壓垮。

McCullough Gulch trail

 

07:07 遇一水塘,美其名為Sapphire lake

Sapphire lake

Sapphire lake

 

此後步道即在樹林、碎石坡、大岩石間交錯上升,不時要穿越積雪處,偶而要費時尋找路跡,因為積雪太厚,掩蓋原有路徑。此時步道已遠離McCullough Creek,但仍不時聽到遠處轟隆隆的流水聲,此時正是融雪期,雪水正豐沛。步道兩旁野花已穿透寒雪,陸續開放。

 

Upper Blue Valley 3

Upper Blue Valley

Mountain Avens 4

Prairie Smoke

Mountain Avens 1

Prairie Smoke

Pasqueflower 2

Pasqueflower

Pasqueflower 1

Pasqueflower

Alpine avens 1

Alpine avens

Alpine avens

Alpine avens

Globeflower 1

Globeflower

Globeflower(Black lake)Globeflower 2

Globeflower

White Marsh Marigold 1

White Marsh Marigold

White Marsh Marigold 3

White Marsh Marigold

 

 

07:23 穿越森林線,McCullough Gulch積雪的頂部稜線在望。回首來時路已淹沒在青翠的松林中,遠眺Hoosier Ridge則橫躺在遙遠的東方。

Quandary ridge 2

Quandary ridge

Quandary ridge with snowfield 1

Quandary ridge with snowfield
Quandary ridge 5

Quandary Peak

Upper McCullough Gulch 2

Upper McCullough Gulch

Near the Top

Near the Top

 

 

07:34 眼前一大片雪原坡,寬約40~50公尺,小心往上爬。

Snowfield

Snowfield

Mountains with snowfield

 

07:37 登上McCullough Gulch頂部(Elev. 11,920 ft.),出現在眼前的是湖面仍凍住的Glacier lake,以及環繞在其三邊的藹藹積雪山峰。

Mountain view as seen from the top

Mountain view as seen from the top

Get rewarded by the glacier lake at the top

Glacier lake at the top

Glacier lake 4

Glacier lake

Glacier lake 2

Glacier lake

Glacier lake 5

Glacier lake

Glacier lake 1

Glacier lake

Outlet of Glacier lake

Outlet of Glacier lake

Upper waterfalls 1

Upper waterfalls

Glacier lake at the top 2

Get rewarded by the glacier lake at the top

 

 

07:53 下山

07:56 遇兩位登山客上山。

Two hikers making their way up this rock terrain

Two hikers making their way up this rock terrain

 

08:07 循水聲找到一處流瀑。

The waterfall through McCullough Gulch is spectacular

The waterfall through McCullough Gulch is spectacular

 

08:33 回到礦場遺址,遇三人登山客看是父子三人。

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch 6

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch 3

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch

 

 

08:48 回到登山口,開車回渡假屋,趕在10點退房。

 

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch 5

Roaring creek lies down in McCullough Gulch

McCullough creek diversion

 

McCullough creek diversion

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