I climbed the peak with my mom, dad and brother on July 4 2009. See the 2009 Trip Log for details.
I climbed the peak with my mom, dad and sister on July 4 2009. See the 2009 Trip Log for details.
Kimberly, Shaylee, Kimberly and I set off to climb Mount Democrat, Mount Cameron, and Mount Lincoln.
It was a rough night before and the evening of July 3 was very windy. The tent kept blowing down at Kite Lake which was above timberline. We had left our smaller low profile tents home because at the time we weren’t thinking of camping at Kite Lake and it was a last minute decision (and a not very good one). After several trial and error experiences keeping the tent from blowing away we finally got it anchored down good, but a big gust bent the poles and ripped the tent making it unusable. We spent a long night squished in the vehicles.
After waking up after a not-so-restful night we set off for the Cameron/Democrat Saddle. We climbed to the saddle and rested, making the trip in a fast (for a five year old) 1.5 hours. I let the kids decided if they wanted to climb Democrat or Lincoln first and they wanted to Lincoln first since it was the highest. We make the nice ridge over Cameron (which is only an “unofficial peak” because it doesn’t have enough rise over the connecting saddle to be a real peak) and over to Lincoln and reached the summit in about 3 hours from Kite Lake. It was still too early for lunch so we had a long snack.
It was somewhat cloudy to the west so we decided to forego Democrat and head down a secondary route near Mount Bross. We had at first planned to skip that summit (the opened section of the trail bypasses 100 feet below the summit), but I met a group of hikers returning from Mount Bross that explained that some of the owners of the mining claims were up there in vehicles (there is a private jeep road up there from the west side of Bross) and were granting hikers permission to summit the peak. I ran ahead to talk to them, but could see them heading back in their vehicles just before I reached the junction. We asked another of hikers if they had talked to the people in the vehicles and they said no. It was snowing lightly, but there was no sign or sound of thunder so we went over the summit of Bross and down the monotonous scree slope and back to Kite Lake. The round trip was a fast 5.5 hours Kite Lake to Kite Lake.
Lincoln was a nice climb and a pretty one, but my original thoughts on Bross remain (I had climbed the peak in February 2005). Bross is still a monotonous pile of scree with few redeeming traits. Lincoln was the highlight of the trip and other than the blown apart tent the night before, the climb was a good one.
Climbed all 4 summits. Overall easy climbs except the fact I got sick. There all very fun! and oh ya. The summit is very interesting.
Hiked with Democrat, Lincoln and Bross
Hiked the 4 peaks an a really clear Colorado day. Nice day outing.
Coming off Democrat with intentions for Lincoln but bailed on Cameron due to the severe winds. Actually had to sit down for almost 10 minutes...simply couldn't stand.
Gale-force winds on top. I didn't even slow down on my way to Lincoln.
Felt like February.....postholing in snow to my knees and extremely strong winds.
It was a wild windy day and the 20 lbs. of rocks I had placed in my backpack helped A LOT considering I'm only 119 lbs. LoL! I didn't realize Cameron's summit has so flat a curvature till I stood on it...a major contrast compared to Lincoln and Democrat.
Happy 3rd wedding anniversary to Chris and Marni on the DeCaliBron. Rainy weather on and off all day but never any thunderstorms.
Just passing between Democrat and Lincoln.
On the way over to Lincoln. Great weather, great views.
A walk-over on the way to Lincoln.
Just offering my respect to the big mountain.
I'm counting it - easy walk up
Uniques setting there, i like the amount of time earth above the tree line, good stuff.
Four 14ers in a day. Nice hike but clouds obscured the views.
DID LOOP FROM KITE LAKE TRAILHEAD
Hiked all four via Lincoln Amphitheater from Montgomery Reservoir Trailhead with my friend Jason. We summited Cameron three different times that day.