201009010541走走Cub Lake,尋找Elk的芳蹤(2010.08.30)

Cub Lake 2

Cub Lake Trail
步道全長:來回約4.5哩(7.2公里)
登山口:Cub Lake Trailhead(海拔8,121呎 / 2,475公尺)
終 點:Cub Lake(海拔8 ,624呎 / 2,629公尺)
爬升高度:503呎(153公尺)
花費時間:約2.5~3小時(來回)



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該又是Elk的交配季節(mating season),在每年的九月、十月Elk的交配季節(mating season)期間,雄鹿(Bull elk)就會上演牠們的發情期的格鬥求偶(Stags fight during the rut)。在這期間,雄鹿用牠特有的尖銳叫聲去糾集牠的母鹿群(Elk是一夫多妻制,通常一頭Bull elk擁有好多隻母鹿),並用以對其他雄鹿的示威,這就是所謂的Bull Elk Bugling此種尖銳的叫聲在此季節總是從黃昏到早晨響徹山谷、草原。昨日邀太座到洛磯山國家公園走走,順便找尋Elk 的芳蹤。根據往年的經驗成群的Elk總喜歡出現在午後,尤其是傍晚時分,我們進入公園時十一點未到,乃邀太座走走Moraine Park裡面的Cub Lake Trail。

Moraine Park
Moraine Park
Cub Lake Trail 1
Cub Lake Trail 2
Cub Lake Trail
Chipmunk
Chipmunk.
Big fungus
不是石頭,好大的蕈!

Aspen 1
Aspen 2
Overlooking back to Moraine Park
Cub Lake 1.
Cub Lake
Steller's Jay 1
Steller's Jay 2
Steller's Jay 3
Steller's Jay
Hiker
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下山時才一點半左右, Elk一隻也沒看到,只好再到Sprague Lake走走,回程時大約在下午三點左右總算看到一群Elk出現在Moraine Park遠處的大草原中,雖然是遠了點,但總算沒白跑一趟!
Sprague Lake 1
Sprague Lake 2
Sprague Lake
Brook Trout in Sprague Lake 3
Brook Trout in Sprague Lake 2
Brook Trout in Sprague Lake 1
Brook Trout in Sprague Lake
Elks in Moraine Park 1
Elks in Moraine Park 2
Elks in Moraine Park 3
Elks in Moraine Park 4
Elks in Moraine Park 5
Elks in Moraine Park 6
Elks in Moraine Park 7
Elks in Moraine Park 8

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