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Mount Evans Scenic Byway(2009.06.16)

前天(16)和太座帶著豆豆、貝貝上山,雖然天氣不是很理想(對照相而言),但仍玩得很盡興。

從收費站進入不久經過Mount Goliath Natural Area這裡海拔約11,540(3,517公尺),在往山頂的路旁,介於亞高山帶森林和苔原帶之間,此區有很多松樹Bristlecone pine,有些樹齡超過1600年,此區也以多鳴鳥和野花著名。因怕下午變天所以先上山,下午下山時再進去參觀,此區從去年整建重新開放後再也沒進去過。

沿途比人高的雪牆可能還要一段時間才會化掉。

Snow wall along #5 road

Snow wall along #5 road

Overlooking Mount EvansOverlooking Mount Evans

Marmot along #5 road

Marmot along #5 road

 

10:40到達Summit Lake Park,這裡海拔12,830(3,911公尺)Summit Lake是一個很美的高山湖,湖邊被Mount Evans Mount Spalding的岩石山脊和峭壁圍繞著,這些山脊和峭壁突出湖面超過1000呎。現在整個湖面仍被冰雪冰凍住,但遊客很多,整個停車場幾乎客滿。

Mount Warren(Elev. 13291 m) from Summit lake

Mount Warren(Elev. 13291 ft.) from Summit lake

Mount Evans 2

Mount Evans

Summit lake

Summit lake

Summit lake(Mt. Spalding in the background)

Summit lake(Mt. Spalding in the background)

 

在湖邊看到幾隻Mount Goats和僅有的一隻母大角羊(落磯山羊Bighorn Sheep),怕牠寂寞,貼一張半年前在Georgetown拍攝的公大角羊作作伴。

Bighorn Sheep可是攀岩高手,其輕巧敏捷的身手攀爬在陡峭險峻的峭壁岩石上,就有如同在平地般的快速穩健。

Big horn sheep (female)

Big horn sheep (female)

Bighorn Sheep in Georgetown 4

Male Bighorn Sheep in Georgetown

 

 

Mountain goats 不是Colorado的原生動物. Mountain goats原產地在懷俄明州( Wyoming. )北方,而最早在 Mount Evans 野放是1950年代後期和 1960年代初期,.最早僅被野放八到十四隻左右,後來再陸續引進、加上自然的繁殖,目前Mount Evans地區估計有90~100Mountain goats活動在森林線以上到山頂之間。此種山羊最怕狗,狗可是此種山羊的天敵。前幾天在BreckenridgeBlue lakes就親眼看到一大群Mountain goats被兩隻狗追得四處逃竄,當然那狗主人也被遊客罵慘了

Mountain goats 1

Mountain goats 2

Mountain goats

 

離開Summit Lake往山頂續行,不久遇三位滑雪者搭便車,因座位有限,僅容一人上車。閒談間(透過豆豆翻譯)知道他們從Mount Evans山頂滑到Summit lake僅需5分鐘(我開車將近20分鐘),然後再搭便車上山,一趟、兩趟-----,直到累為止。

Mount Evans Scenic Byway 3

Mount Evans Scenic Byway 1

Mount Evans Scenic Byway 2

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

 

 

11:30上抵山頂停車場,停車場海拔14,127(4,306公尺)

Benchmark on  summit parking lot

Benchmark on  summit parking lot

The summit as seen from parking lot

The summit as seen from parking lot

Overlooking HWY 5 from Summit parking lot

Overlooking HWY 5 from Summit parking lot

Pikes Peak as seen from Mount Evans

Pikes Peak as seen from Mount Evans

 

車停好後不到10分鐘就攻頂了(僅爬升131/40公尺),山頂展望群山雪景,美極了!

Visitors  making their way up to summit

Visitors  making their way up to summit

Visitors on the summit

Visitors on the summit

I'm on the Top of Mount Evans

I'm on the Top of Mount Evans

Mountains view from Evans' summit(view to North)

Mountains view from Evans' summit(view to North)

Mountains view from Evans' summit(view to West)

Mountains view from Evans' summit(view to West)

Quandary Peak as seen from Mount Evans

Quandary Peak as seen from Mount Evans

Looking down Mt. Spalding & Summit lake from Evans' summit

Looking down Mt. Spalding & Summit lake from Evans' summit

Longs Peak as seen from Mount Evans

Longs Peak as seen from Mount Evans

Grays & Torreys Peak as seen from Mount Evans

Grays & Torreys Peak as seen from Mount Evans

Looking down Meyr Womble observatory from Evans' summit

Looking down Meyr Womble observatory from Evans' summit

Looking down Summit parking lot from Evans' summit

Looking down Summit parking lot from Evans' summit

Marmot on Mount Evans' summit

Marmot on Mount Evans' summit

Overlook the zigzag road from summit

Overlook the zigzag road from summit

 

但最高興的是登頂此山多次 (含一次真正從Guanella Pass爬上另一座14ers-- Mt. Bierstadt再攀越驚險的Sawtooth ridge抵達這裡) ,但都沒發現此山的水準點銅標(Benchmark),今天被我找到了。這種水準點銅標功能如同台灣的三角點,但這兒的登山客似乎不流行“摸點”,網路也沒有Benchmark的詳細資訊,所以登山很容易漏掉Benchmark的搜集。

Benchmark on Mount Evans' summit 2

Benchmark on Mount Evans' summit 1

Benchmark on Mount Evans' summit

Visitors  making their way down from summit

Visitors  making their way down from summit

 

The Crest House -- The Castle in the Sky

天空中的城堡---Edwin Francis建築師所設計,興建於19391941年,當時是世界上最高的建築(海拔14260/ 4346公尺 ) ,原是販賣紀念品和餐飲的地方,遊客在此一邊享用美食,一邊欣賞丹佛市區和東方大平原,是最吸引遊客的地方。該建築在197991 的一場大火整棟建築物付之一炬,直到1992Arapaho National Forest 重新整理遺跡,將殘餘的Crest House 整修為觀景平台,成為今日遊客沉思憑弔的地方。

The Crest House -- The Castle in the Sky 1

The Crest House -- The Castle in the Sky

Remains of The Crest House 1

Remains of The Crest House

Remains of The Crest House 2

Remains of The Crest House 3

斷垣殘壁仍留有大火燒過的痕跡

 

Meyr Womble observatory(Elev. 14125 ft .)Meyer-Womble氣象站在停車場的東邊,屬於丹佛大學,佔地2100平方呎,興建於1996年夏天,是世界上最高的氣象站。

Overlooking Meyr Womble observatory(Elev. 14125 ft.) from Ev

Meyr Womble observatory

Mountain goats 6

Mountain goats 7

Mountain goats 8

Mountain goats 4

Mountain goats 5

Mountain goats 3

Mountain goats on parking lot

 

 

12:30 開車下山。

Mt. Bierstadt seen from Hwy

Mt. Bierstadt seen from Hwy 5

 

途經Mount Goliath Natural Area時豆豆和貝貝直嚷肚子餓,所以沒停留,快快下山直奔Idaho Springs去吃他們的M

 

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