Friday, November 7, 2014

Yosemite National Park (4-1)


[1. Introduction] [2. 旅遊建議/食宿交通] [3. Sightseeing] [4. Day Hiking] [5. Winter Activities] [6. Other Activities] [7. Who's Who in the Park] [8. More about the Park] [9. Conclusion]


4. Day Hiking

[4-1. Mirror Lake] [4-2. Mist Trail (Vernal Falls)] [4-3. Nevada Falls] [4-4. Half Dome] [4-5. Lyell Canyon: Twin Bridges] [4-6. Clouds Rest] [4-7. Sunrise Lakes/High Sierra Camp] [4-8. Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias] [4-9. Vogelsang Pass via Rafferty Creek] [4-10. Vogelsang HSC via Lyell Fork/Evelyn Lake] [4-11. Pothole Dome] [4-12. North Dome] [4-13. Upper Yosemite Falls Trail] [4-14. Taft Point] [4-15. Sentinel Dome] [4-16. Glen Aulin/White Cascade/Tuolumne Falls] [4-17. Waterwheel Falls/Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne] [4-18. McGurk Meadow/Dewey Point/Crocker Point] [4-19. May Lake/Mount Hoffman] [4-20. Ostrander Lake] [4-21. Four Mile Trail] [4-22. Inspiration Point/Stanford Point] [4-23. Vogelsang to Merced Lake via Fletcher Creek] [4-24. Merced Lake to Vogelsang via Lewis Creek] [4-25. Wapama Falls] [4-26. Cathedral Lakes] [4-27. Elizabeth Lake] [4-28. Young Lakes]

4-1. Mirror Lake

IMG_6661 Mirror Lake Trail
Figure 4-1.1: 到Mirror Lake走的是馬路,除了也可以騎腳踏車到外,也很方便推娃娃車。

IMG_6652 Mirror Lake Trail
Figure 4-1.2: 基本上,步道都在樹林裡。

IMG_6666 Tenaya Creek
Figure 4-1.3: 步道旁的Tenaya Creek。

IMG_6682 Mirror Lake Trail
Figure 4-1.4: 這邊就算是差不多走到了Mirror Lake,通常都有不少人,背景是Mount Watkins。

IMG_9403 Mule Deer
Figure 4-1.5: 一隻mule deer走到水裡吃樹葉。

IMG_6699 Half Dome from Mirroe Lake
Figure 4-1.6: Mirror Lake直接在Half Dome正下方。

Distance (round trip): 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Hiking Time: 1 - 2 hours

Mirror Lake算是Yosemite Valley裡最容易的步道之一,路短且平加上有樹有水,是個典型的family-friendly步道。雖說是步道,但其實是走在柏油路上,有腳踏車的話,也可以用騎的而不用走的。也因為是柏油路,若有行動不方便的人同行,在這步道推個輪椅算是輕鬆。對於想要以hiking(其實是walking)來感受不沈重但甜蜜負荷的父母,這也是條極為理想的步道,除了娃娃車推起來很順外,步道後面也有簡易廁所可以處理相關狀況。

也因為這步道很容易,一路上會看到很多人。正常情況下,在到這步道口的公車上就應該要看到一堆人了。雖然說這地方以lake稱呼,但實際上是Tenaya Creek形成的一個暫時大水池,春天過後會慢慢乾掉而不再是個湖,也因此是個以春天參訪為主的地方。

IMG_6689 Mirror Lake Trail
Figure 4-1.7: Mount Watkins在Mirror Lake上的倒影。

IMG_6731 Mirror Lake Trail
Figure 4-1.8: 不少娃娃車族都會到這一遊。

IMG_6752 Mirror Lake Trail
Figure 4-1.9: 水上這不曉得是啥植物。

IMG_6934 Mirror Lake Trail
Figure 4-1.10: 不少人在這堆石頭,也許是在象徵到此一遊。

IMG_7040 Tenaya Creek
Figure 4-1.11: 一樣是Tenaya Creek。

IMG_7081 Mirror Lake Trail
Figure 4-1.12: 走這步道通常得靠公園的免費公車接駁。

話雖如此,這地方很久以前曾經是一個湖,而且即使到夏末都還有水。因為有人在這蓋旅館,順便搞個小水壩擴大湖的面積以吸引遊客。咦?這不是已經被保護了、為何還能搞這種有的沒的?因為那時還是Yosemite Grant Act的年代,保育這種觀念還在萌芽階段,雖然名義上有加州政府管理,但其實也是歡樂管理,直到National Park Service接手後才把在這地方的這些有的沒的拆掉,讓Mother Nature玩自己的。

即使這步道不算是大山大水,也算是有山有水,除了直接在Half Dome的下方外,也可能看到Mount Watkins在水面上的倒影,不算是辜負Mirror Lake這名號。而一路上的花花草草與Tenaya Creek的流水,也可能為你帶來小確幸。以這步道的難度當標準,欣賞到的景觀不但對得起你的雙腿,甚至還有小賺一些,如果你是在春天水很多的時候到這。要說缺點,就是人多,不適合想要獨樂樂的人。

我自己是還蠻喜歡這步道的,也走了幾次。對於春天到這公園的人,我是很推薦到這晃一下的。

Previous Next

[4-1. Mirror Lake] [4-2. Mist Trail (Vernal Falls)] [4-3. Nevada Falls] [4-4. Half Dome] [4-5. Lyell Canyon: Twin Bridges] [4-6. Clouds Rest] [4-7. Sunrise Lakes/High Sierra Camp] [4-8. Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias] [4-9. Vogelsang Pass via Rafferty Creek] [4-10. Vogelsang HSC via Lyell Fork/Evelyn Lake] [4-11. Pothole Dome] [4-12. North Dome] [4-13. Upper Yosemite Falls Trail] [4-14. Taft Point] [4-15. Sentinel Dome] [4-16. Glen Aulin/White Cascade/Tuolumne Falls] [4-17. Waterwheel Falls/Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne] [4-18. McGurk Meadow/Dewey Point/Crocker Point] [4-19. May Lake/Mount Hoffman] [4-20. Ostrander Lake] [4-21. Four Mile Trail] [4-22. Inspiration Point/Stanford Point] [4-23. Vogelsang to Merced Lake via Fletcher Creek] [4-24. Merced Lake to Vogelsang via Lewis Creek] [4-25. Wapama Falls] [4-26. Cathedral Lakes] [4-27. Elizabeth Lake] [4-28. Young Lakes]

[1. Introduction] [2. 旅遊建議/食宿交通] [3. Sightseeing] [4. Day Hiking] [5. Winter Activities] [6. Other Activities] [7. Who's Who in the Park] [8. More about the Park] [9. Conclusion]

4 comments:

C.C.Chang said...

如果是八月中旬呢?這步道還值得去嗎?湖會不會完全乾涸了?

itchiang(thor) said...

八月中這地方不太有吸引力,而且今年冬天的雪量可憐,那時候湖應該是完全乾,除非接下來的春天有發生奇蹟.

Willy Lai said...

您好, 根據您的經驗, 六月中還值得一走嗎, 謝謝

itchiang(thor) said...

今年的六月中也許還行,可以先去Visitor Center問一下狀況再決定要不要去。