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Gem Lake登山健行 (2015.08.03)

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攀登湖泊:Gem Lake(海拔8,830/2,691公尺)

登山口:Lumpy Ridge Trailhead(海拔7,882/2,402公尺)

總爬升高度:971/296公尺

登山里程:來回3.4(5.47公里)

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行車資訊:

Lyons沿US 36Estes Park,抵達Estes ParkUS 34交叉口時左轉US 36是往Estes Park商店街,右轉US 34可往遊客中心;續直行轉行US 34(E Wonderview Ave)往國家公園的Fall River Entrance;行約0.5哩於MacGregor Ave向右轉,MacGregor Ave行約0.8哩遇右岔彎路,取右彎轉行Devils Gulch Rd,再行0.6哩即遇到左岔的Lumpy Ridge Rd,左轉沿Lumpy Ridge Rd再行0.3哩即抵達Lumpy Ridge Trailhead的大停車場。

Twin Owls 2

行車途中眺望 Twin Owls 

 

Gem Lake的登山口位在停車場的西北角,此登山口及從Devils Gulch Rd左轉進來的0.3哩的Lumpy Ridge Rd應是近幾年才闢建,因為在2006年第一次登此湖時尚未有這些建築及道路;登山口及登山口設備完善,停車場可停數十部車子,也有完善的廁所。

從登山口登Gem Lake你有兩種選擇:第一種選擇是採原路來回攀登Gem Lake,往返約3.4(5.47公里),距離較短;第二種選擇是繞道Twin Owls採一小O形的方式,全程4(6.43公里),距離雖然較長,但可多遊Twin Owls這個景點;至於採行哪種方式就在個人選擇了。昨天因為傍晚貝貝另有樂團課程,所以我們是採原路來回方式健行。

步程簡述:

10:30 從登山口出發,登山口路牌標示左往Twin Owls Black Canyon Trail 0.6 mi. ,右往Gem Lake 1.7 mi. ;我們取右往Gem Lake

Lumpy Ridge Trailhead

Lumpy Ridge Trailhead

Rock formation along the trail 1

Rock formation along the trail 

 

10:33 經過一處圍籬後步道旁有一座Gem Lake登山口的小牌樓。

Gem Lake Trailhead

Gem Lake Trailhead

Black Eye Susan

Black Eye Susan

Nodding Onion

Nodding Onion

 

10:39 步道開始緩升,舖設良好的天然石階或原木階梯步道走來蠻舒服的,兩旁都是造型奇特的巨岩怪石。

Lumpy Ridge Trail 3

Lumpy Ridge Trail 1

Lumpy Ridge Trail 2

Lumpy Ridge Trail 

Rock formation along the trail 2

Rock formation along the trail 

 

 

10:47 一處透空點,往南遠眺落磯山國家公園第一高峰Longs Peak(14,259 ft / 4,346 m)

Overlooking to Longs Peak from Lumpy Ridge Trail

Looking toward Longs Peak from Lumpy Ridge Trail

Overlooking to Longs Peak from Lumpy Ridge Trail

Taken from Lumpy Ridge Trail viewpoint 1

Taken from Lumpy Ridge Trail viewpoint 2

Taken from Lumpy Ridge Trail viewpoint 

Wax Currant (Ribes cereum) Fruit

Wax Currant (Ribes cereum) Fruit

 

 

10:55 一木牌指示已進入落磯山國家公園的範圍。

Rocky  Mountain National Park boundary sign

 

 

11:02 來到一處岔路,距登山口0.5哩,指示牌標示左岔經由Twin Owls View回到登山口是1.1哩,這就是小O路線;右岔續往Gem Lake距離1.2哩,取右續行。

Lumpy Ridge Trail junction

Lumpy Ridge Trail junction

Lumpy Ridge Trail 4

Lumpy Ridge Trail 

 

岔路口行不遠穿過一片松林,偏離步道在右側崖邊有不錯的展望,可清楚俯瞰Estes valley及遠眺Longs PeakTwin Sisters Peaks等高山。

Longs Peak beyond the Estes valley

Longs Peak beyond the Estes valley

Taken from Lumpy Ridge Trail viewpoint 3

Taken from Lumpy Ridge Trail viewpoint 4

Taken from Lumpy Ridge Trail viewpoint 5

Taken from Lumpy Ridge Trail viewpoint 

 

11:19 來到一處展望更佳的展望點,寬廣的岩石平台、一覽無遺的無限視野,聚集了不少的登山客。

Along the trail, looking toward Estes Park 3

Along the trail, looking toward Estes Park 

Picture 056

Along the trail, looking toward Estes Park 5

Along the trail, looking toward Estes Park 6

Along the trail, looking toward Estes Park 

Rock formation along the trail 5

Rock formation along the trail 4

Rock formation along the trail 3

Rock formation along the trail 

Lumpy Ridge Trail 5

Lumpy Ridge Trail 

 

 

11:43 經過幾處小“之”字彎路後抵達一處景點~ Paul Bunyan's boot(Paul Bunyan的長靴),這裡距登山口大約1.4哩;Paul Bunyan是流傳於美國邊地故事的一位伐木巨人的名字,而這塊大石頭某角度看也真像極一隻大長靴,當然也只有這位伐木巨人才用得著這隻大長靴了!

Paul Bunyan's boot 10

Paul Bunyan's boot 

 

過了Paul Bunyan's boot之後登山步道轉小且陡,尤其是將登頂那一段路每個石階都在1~2呎之間,貝貝邊爬邊抱怨說為什麼石階做得這麼高,有時又自我解嘲的說腿太短了,我和太座聽了都不覺莞爾一笑!

Jacob & Llama

Jacob & Llama

Looking toward Longs Peak from Lumpy Ridge Trail 1

Looking toward Longs Peak from Lumpy Ridge Trail 

Rock formation along the trail 6

Rock formation along the trail 

 

12:10 抵達Gem Lake,這是我繼2006年後第二次來此湖;Gem Lake是一座座落在岩石丘陵山頂上的一處小水塘,沒有入水口和出水口,其形態和嘉明湖有點類似,但其面積及景色當然不能與嘉明湖相提並論。

Gem Lake的東岸是一片高牆似的岩石峭壁,西北角是一片沙灘,登山客大多聚集在東岸的岩岸休息用餐,然後到西岸及西北角的沙灘嬉戲,我們在湖邊停留了45分鐘後下山。

First view of Gem Lake, looking north 1

Gem Lake 1

Gem Lake 2

Gem Lake 4

Sandy beach on the north side 2

Gem Lake 5

Gem Lake 

Chipmunk

Chipmunk~~(Don't take the wild out of wildlife)

 

此次登此湖因陪太座慢慢走,上山花了1小時40分鐘,下山花了1小時10分鐘,下山後開車回家。


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