Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yosemite National Park (4-25)


[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]

4-25. Wapama Falls

IMG_4282 Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Figure 4-25.1: 這個是Hetch Hetchy水庫,也是Wapama Falls這步道的起點。

IMG_4297 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.2: 一開始會經過一個隧道。走這步道的幾周前在Wapama Falls以東發生16,000噸落石並摧毀了一小段步道,所以Wapama Falls之後的步道因此暫時關閉。

IMG_4299 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.3: 這步道很平,所以很family friendly。在到達比較低的Wapama Falls前會經過比較高的那一條Tueeulala Falls。

IMG_4312 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.4: 春天的步道旁會有一些因融雪形成的無名瀑布。

IMG_4322 Wapama Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park
Figure 4-25.5: 這地方可以看到水壩與步道口停車的地方。

IMG_4332 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.6: 看起來像是秋天,但走的時候是四月的春天。樹幹是黑的,可能之前搞過prescribed fire。

Distance (round trip): 5.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation: 3,728 feet
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Hiking Time: 3 hours

Wapama Falls是Hetch Hetchy這一區大管的瀑布,車子還沒開到水壩前的路上就可以看到。春天來的話,還可以看到旁邊的另一個瀑布Tueeulala Falls。

Hetch Hetchy這一區也有一些步道,Wapama Falls通常是第一選擇,不僅來回5.5 miles不算長,整段路並沒有大爬坡,沿路花花草草也不少,走起來並不困難。

IMG_4365 Wapama Falls Trail,
Figure 4-25.7: 步道離湖大都不遠,而Kolana Rock算是最醒目的一個rock formation。

IMG_4390 Wapama Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park
Figure 4-25.8: 另一個角度。

IMG_4408 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.9: 正要經過Tueeulala Falls。

IMG_4418 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.10: 前方就是Wapama Falls。

IMG_4421 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.11: 春天時的現場水氣很大,在瀑布旁照鏡頭會濕。

IMG_4431 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.12: 瀑布的水流到水庫裡。

雖然目的地是走到Wapama Falls的底下,沿途景色還算不錯,至少步道大部分的地方都有開闊的視野。因為地形的關係,近距離看Wapama Falls並不特別突出,瀑布的水流得亂七八糟,但水氣瀰漫且氣勢很不錯,如果你是在春天來的話。走到Wapama Falls下類似走Mist Trail被全身淋濕的感覺,某些角度也可能看到因水氣產生的彩虹,不過走的距離較短且不需要爬上爬下就是。

走這步道另外有個優點,就是人很少,跟Hetch Hetchy這地方不方便到且缺乏便民設施有關。有趣的是,有些人也以此當作反對拆這水壩的理由。一旦水霸拆了,這邊就有更廣闊的空間讓遊客開車進來,會製造出另一個被擠爆的Yosemite Valley。

IMG_4439 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.13: 走過瀑布下的橋到另一邊。

IMG_4460 Wapama Falls and Tueeulala Falls, Yosemite National Park
Figure 4-25.14: 另一個角度的Wapama Falls與遠方高處的Tueeulala Falls。現場水氣旺盛,在這照相鏡頭會濕,所以最好帶個專門的布來擦。

IMG_4497 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.15: 這步道上的人很少,很容易在Wapama Falls附近找到地方休息兼野餐。

IMG_4513 Tueeulala Falls
Figure 4-25.16: 回程時被風吹拂的Tueeulala Falls。

IMG_8011 Wapama Falls Trail
Figure 4-25.17: Tueeulala Falls所產生淡淡的彩虹。

有體力的話,這步道可以繼續走並看到另一個瀑布,叫做Rancheria Falls,來回共13 miles且CP值不高,適合喜歡享受solitude或是蒐集Yosemite瀑布的人前往。

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]

2 comments:

Yu-Yen Chien said...

我有走到Rancheria Falls過, 不過是因為找不到住宿, 所以利用backcountry permit在Hetch Hetchy露營一晚, 規定是距離建物4mi以內不得紮營, 既然得走超過4mi就一路走到Rancheria Falls去了.

itchiang(thor) said...

這次本想走到Rancheria Falls,因為Wapama Falls之前已經走過.既然天意如此,也許下次再走去Rancheria Falls.

有聽說bear喜歡造訪Rancheria Falls的backcountry camping site,不曉得你有無遇到?