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科羅拉多“金秋三角”賞白楊(一)~~Silver Jack Area & Owl Creek Pass(2014.10.04)



週六(4)一早從丹佛出發,今天主要行程是遊覽Ridgway東邊山區的Silver Jack Area和Owl Creek Pass;遊覽這區域網上大部分紀錄均由Ridgway State Park附近的US-550公路轉County Route 8上山,但我發現由該處上山後,從Silver Jack Campground另有道路北上接到US-50公路,所以決定從Gunnison西邊的Cimarron Road上山,再由Owl Creek Pass循County Route 8下山。


行車資訊:
由丹佛沿US-285公路南下,在Poncha Springs北方右轉US-50西行,59.3哩抵Gunnison,再西行續走42.5哩後路右有“National Forest Access、Cimarron Road、Silverjack Res 21”紅色路標,左轉Cimarron Road(Cimarron Road南行10.8哩後轉為County Route 858),行約17哩抵達Silver Jack Campground。
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我門在中午12:12左轉Cimarron Road(County Route 858)南下,Cimarron Road(County Route 858)是一條還算寬敞的石子路,維護良好,一般車輛行車無礙。

The fork to Montrose(R) and Silver Jack Res. (L)

Cimarron Valley Ranchland Scene


 
從US-50左轉Cimarron Road南下後行約7.1哩抵達路右一座小湖~~Watson Lake,小湖邊一座圍了木欄的農場;遠山積雪山頭在金黃葉子襯托下益加顯目。

Watson Lake 

Taken at unnamed ranch near Watson Lake

Mountain view from Cimarron Road 

Castle Rock from Cimarron Road

Mountain view from Cimarron Road 


 
Watson Lake往南續行1.1哩(距US-50岔路8.2哩)路右一家農場“Big Cimarron Ranch”,此種大門算是豪華的。

The ranch along Cimarron Road 


途中又經過不少農場,都是幾根圓木撐起一個門面,有一種特別質樸的感覺。

These ranchs along Cimarron Road 

Pastoral Scene along Cimarron Road

Mountain view from Cimarron Road 


 
“Big Cimarron Ranch”續南行4.7哩(距US-50岔路12.9哩)路左一座無名小潭,路右住家小巧可愛。

Unnamed pond along Cimarron Road

 

A small cabin along Cimarron road

Mountain view from Cimarron Road 

 
往南續行2.4哩(距US-50岔路15.3哩)抵達路右Beaver Lake(Beaver Lake露營區入口再往前0.2哩),這是一個小巧玲瓏的小湖,較佳展望點是穿過白楊樹叢,經過草原,上到北岸的高點,如果你運氣好遇到無風的日子,你可以看到光滑如鏡的湖面上倒映著金黃的白楊木及尖峰狀的高山倒影。

 

Beaver Lake 

Beaver Lake from north shore

Beaver Lake


離開Beaver Lake再行約1.3哩,距US-50岔路約16.8哩即為Silver Jack 露營區岔路口,我們早知此時露營區是封閉的,還是進去繞了一下再出來。

Rustic Fence & red、golden aspen along Cimarron Rd

Mountain view from Cimarron Road 

Silver Jack Campground 

Golden Aspen Beneath the Pinnacles


從Silver Jack Campground岔路口續沿County Route 858南行約一哩,在公路右側一開闊處是俯瞰Silver Jack Reservoir的極佳展望點;

Silver Jack Reservoir

 

Silver Jack Reservoir展望點再前行一點則有一處不錯的拍照點,奇特的尖塔狀山峰從一片金黃的白楊林後竄起,煞是壯觀!

 

Huge Buttes Near Silver Jack Res. 

Taken at the meadow above Silver Jack Res.


Silver Jack Reservoir展望點再前行約0.3哩來到一處觀景點,位在一小轉彎處制高點,大空間可以停不少車子,展望極佳,不少遊客在此拍照、作畫;此處距US-50岔路約18.2哩。

Mountain View from viewpoint above Silver Jack Reservoir 

Pinnacle Ridge line above golden aspen 

Mountain View from viewpoint above Silver Jack Reservoir(view to south)

Mountain View from viewpoint above Silver Jack Reservoir 

Taken at viewpoint above Silver Jack Reservoir

 


離開觀景點後續沿County Route 858南行,約1.4哩遇岔路,左直行為County Route 858往East Fork,右轉為County Route 860往Owl Creek Pass,取右行,此處距US-50岔路約19.6哩;行車哩程從此岔路歸零。

Cimarron Ridge with golden aspen above Silver Jack Res.

Aspen along the road 

Rustic Fence line beneath High Mesa Pinnacles

 


離開County Route 858後道路情況也都還好,只是道路兩旁積雪不少,雪融後的雪水使得部分路段溼滑不堪,行車宜小心;

 

此路段舉目所望盡是高山針葉林,偶而間雜著幾棵白楊木,車子行進間不時從樹縫間窺見Chimney Peak(11,781 ft.)及其鄰近的山脈的崢嶸山形。

 

Evergreens and Golden Aspens Beneath the Pinnacles

Chimney Peak(11,781 ft.)


 
County Route 860南行約6.9哩抵達Owl Creek Pass,此處海拔10,114呎(3,083公尺),自此山路由山脈的北面繞到西面下行,隨著坡度的下降,白楊木也逐漸增多,但此面坡的白楊木似乎葉子轉黃的時間較晚,好多葉子都還是綠油油的,尤其是海拔越高,葉子轉黃的時間越晚;過了Owl Creek Pass道路改為County Route 8往西續行。

Owl Creek Pass(10,114 ft.)


 
Owl Creek Pass西行約0.6哩一大轉彎處有不錯展望,可從金黃的白楊樹梢望見Chimney Peak、Courthouse Mountain連稜巍峨的山形。

Chimney Rock(L) & Courhouse Mountain(R) as seen from the Owl Creek Pass

Owl Creek Pass Ridge 


 
續行2哩後遇左下岔路,GPS指示左下,但下行一小段路後道路中止(大石堵路)只好退回岔路口右轉續下,此後GPS一路重複“Turn around, if possible !”由於GPS一直沒新的路線指引,所以不知行了多長距離來到一岔路口,此處為一Trailhead,左岔依指示牌指示前往“Vista Point ”,右直行則不知通往何處,正猶豫間經路過遊客指示下山取右,右行下山約2哩後接到左岔來路,GPS恢復訊號,且指示係由左岔路出來,但該路口可是關上柵門的!?

Owl Creek Pass Ridge Wide View

Cimarron Ridge 

Chimney & Courthouse Rock from Owl Creek Pass Road

 


由此岔路口沿County Route 8再西行2.9哩後取左岔轉County Route 10出Ridgway,再轉CO 62往Telluride,我們今晚住宿Telluride的Mountain Village,抵達旅館已是傍晚六點多,正直夕陽西下,金黃色的陽光灑在金黃色的白楊葉子上,一個字形容~~美!

Mt. Sneffels(M) View from CR 10 near Ridgeway, CO.

Mt. Sneffels(R) View from CR 10 near Ridgeway, CO. 

Part of San Juan Mountain View from CR 10 near Ridgeway, CO. 

Part of San Juan Mountain View from CR 10 near Ridgeway, CO. 


 
行車路線圖(Denver to Telluride)


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本行程主要參觀路線圖(Silver Jack Area, Owl Creek Pass):

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