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neodayRoute Climbed: Roughly standard route Date Climbed: December 31, 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful mountain, great camp site, wonderfully fun hike.
Posted Feb 3, 2004 12:18 pm

scvanmRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 12, 2003  Sucess!


Father /Son trip with my 12 year old. He is better than me.
Posted Jan 19, 2004 10:05 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: from Kite Lake Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


Three easy 14ers - but skip this one and head to Lincoln if you just want to do one for the day. Lincoln has the more interesting summit.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:12 pm

Erik BeelerRoute Climbed: Kite Lake - Face below false S. summit Date Climbed: December 31st, 2003  Sucess!

Erik Beeler

About 10 degrees at the summit with constant 35-40 mph winds. Didn't stay there long. Enjoyed the climb.
Posted Jan 7, 2004 9:11 am

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: Decalibron Date Climbed: July 1, 2000  Sucess!


After almost ascending it the preceding evening (trying to get some photos of the sunset) I made Democrats summit on a nice July day.

Posted Dec 18, 2003 6:54 pm

photo61guyRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge From Kite Lake Date Climbed: August 19, 1996  Sucess!
First 14er that I summitted. Fairly easy day hike in nice weather.
Posted Dec 10, 2003 1:39 am

jrfRoute Climbed: Kite Lake Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!


Only climbed Democrat since this was one of my first fourteeners.
Posted Dec 5, 2003 8:47 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Montgomery Reservoir Date Climbed: August, 2002  Sucess!


Might as well climb all four.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 6:39 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: 300' shy of Kite Lake Date Climbed: October 6, 2002  Sucess!


After a couple of weeks of snow in the mountains all of the peaks I wanted to get in before the end of the year was to come to an end after Mount Democrat four short of my goal.

I drove up to Kite Lake knowing that it’s only a 2,000 foot climb to the summit but it was snow all the way to the summit. There were more people up there than I was expecting and we were all going up the wrong way. After passing the little miners shack the trail was lost in the snow so we all went up a little hill and up around a bend and headed straight up the mountain. It was a little loose but nothing like Ellingwood. Once on the ridge I realized that I was looking at the sub-peak the whole time down low. It was another couple hundred feet to the summit but it was easy. It was a little windy but nicer than I though it was going to be on the summit.
Posted Dec 1, 2003 4:52 pm

jeffgunRoute Climbed: Kite Lake approach Date Climbed: Multiple  Sucess!


I have been on top of this peak several times. Most of them in the winter. Beautiful ridges to look down on from the summit. Usually combine this with Cameron, Lincoln and Bross.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 1:36 pm

IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: Kite Lake Date Climbed: August 6, 2003  Sucess!


I thought this was the most interesting of the Lincoln group. Some nice views to be had to the south from the summit.
Posted Oct 12, 2003 11:08 pm

eurobeerRoute Climbed: Kite Lake Date Climbed: August 23, 2003  Sucess!
Camped out the night before, and got an early start. This wasn’t an extremely hard hike. A good warm-up for the next two mountains.
Posted Sep 2, 2003 9:32 am

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: Kite Lake Date Climbed: September 1, 2003  Sucess!


Nice day. Took a Floridian up his first fourteener today. He did quite well.
Posted Sep 1, 2003 10:27 pm

John StyrnolRoute Climbed: Kite Lake Trailhead Date Climbed: 30 August 2003  Sucess!

John Styrnol

Nice little hike, we got snowed on plus the fog was very thick.
Posted Aug 31, 2003 2:50 am

DaFreshmanRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: 23 August, 2003  Sucess!
Did kind of a non-guidebook variation of the south ridge route. Really worthwhile effort - the ridge is not nearly as bad as advertised, and there is NOBODY over there. Great tour de Democrat when combined with the standard trail for the decent. Check it out :)
Posted Aug 25, 2003 5:27 pm

benRoute Climbed: Kite Lake Date Climbed: 31 August 2002  Sucess!


It's nice to climb 4 in a day!
Posted Jul 21, 2003 6:42 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Kite Lake Date Climbed: July 9, 2003  Sucess!


Well, my first climbing day! I came from 600', spent a night in Denver at 6000', camped at 12,000', and climbed 4 mountains today! Democrat was the first. Had a pretty good time, met some people from all over. It was a nice hike up, we had to cross a little bit of snow, but nothing ridiculous. What I did think was ridiculous were all the mines up there! I am AMAZED by how many ruins we saw!
Posted Jul 20, 2003 9:42 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Kite Lake Date Climbed: 7/9/03  Sucess!

Bryan W

Camped at Kite Lake the night before, so I did not need to get too early of a start. Headed up the easy to follow trail to the saddle between Democrat and Cameron. From there, it is a pretty good trail to the summit. You can't really see the summit for most of the day. You are looking at the false summit, but when you get there it is just a short hike to the summit. 1/2 hour on top and then off to Lincoln.
Posted Jul 16, 2003 1:21 pm

395guyRoute Climbed: Kite Lake to Democrat to Lincoln to Bross Date Climbed: July 3, 2003  Sucess!


My first 14er! Awesome circuit across three 14ers. Going from Kite Lake to Mt. Democrat to Mt. Lincoln to Mt. Bross is like rounding a seven-mile baseball diamond backwards. Democrat would be third-base.

Mt. Democrat is quite steep to get up for a cat 1/cat 2 climb. Great views on top. It's funny to look back at Democrat from the trail up Mt. Lincoln because you can see trails crisscrossing all over the top of Democrat.

Could easily spot Quandry, Holy Cross, Elbert, Massive, Grays, Torreys, Evans, and even Pikes Peak in the distance.
Posted Jul 15, 2003 7:38 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Kite Lake Date Climbed: June 23, 2003  Sucess!


Started at Kite Lake and the plan was to get all four summits. This was the easiest set of 14ers I've done to date as it only took 5.5 hours to get all 4. The weather was amazing and didn't have to worry about afternoon thunderstorms at all as there wasn't a single cloud in the sky until about noon.
Posted Jun 26, 2003 6:17 pm

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