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 :)
It's nice to climb 4 in a day!
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.
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.
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.
Nothing gives me better satisfaction then to introduce to others what it is that all of us here at SP love to do...climb! Paul, my friend from the Houston area had never been to a mountain much less climbed one. I offered to take him down from Wyoming to Frisco, CO to climb as well as partake in the Breckenridge night life. On Saturday, 6/14/03 we summited Mount Democrat via the standard route from Kite Lake. Overall the weather was great with some decent wind at the summit. Having obtained his first ever case of AMS, I decided to save Lincoln and Bross for another day. Overall it was an excellent climbing day and Paul did great for his first time.
Summited this + Mt. Lincoln & Mt. Bross on the same day during a weekend outing with the CU hiking club. I think this was the last one. The weather was nice that day. I recall taking a different descent route than the one used for the ascent, & basically 'scree-skiied' for the first time (not recommended- have figured out since then that it is quite erosive) at a high rate of speed all the way to the base of the mountain. While most of the others seemed uncomfortable w/ it, I caught on right away, and had to wait 1/2 an hour before the next person (Wolfgang the German) showed up. After another hour of no-one else arriving, I decided I could wait no longer, & hopped into the nearest lake for a swim/bath (think it was Kite Lake). All in all, a great day & trip!
8.21.'9, via N ridge- left car (slightly below TH in pull-out) at 9.33. Weather was great, & trip up 4WD road was chill. Saw a herd of sheep below ridge before I gained it (they booked it over the pass when they realized I was headed their way), which was cool. Once finally attained ridge, climbing was quite enjoyable. Crux at notch (on true crest) was a few moves of exposed 4th. Exposed 3rd unavoidable if staying on ridgecrest, could possibly avoid this if were to drop down & traverse. Didn't see anyone on the actual ridgeline (& only one guy, a photographer, on the approach road), but actual summit was packed! Virtually everyone else approached from the Lincoln-Democrat saddle. Summited at 13.00 (less than 24 hrs after my plane took off from SF (read: sea level)!), hung out for awhile, enjoying an Avery 14er ESB, & left summit at 13.30. Made great time down the north scree slopes, & arrived back at the TH at 15.52. Encountered numerous hikers going other direction on my way down. Great day to be in the Rockies, perfect weather, phenomenal views, & highly enjoyable climb!
I had to park way before the Windy Ridge turnoff because of snow closure, so the approach was quite a hike. I climbed the southeast face (right above Kite Lake). There were terrific spring snow conditions all the way to the summit, and the grade was about moderate the whole way. I did a glissade from near the summit all the way down to Kite Lake again. It made for a nice, quick ride down.
Great day for climbing! Colorado blue skies!
1st of 3 summits (+ Cameron Point) that day.
I have climbed this mountain twice and prefer the Southeast Ridge, much more direct and fewer people. Democrat will always be a very special mountain to me. I also climbed Lincoln and Bross on this last trip, we had wonderful weather and it was a great day all around.
3 summits in a day + Cameron
Great three 14ers (+Cameron) for a one day trip.
The hike was great! There was a few feet of snow up by the summit. I was going to climb the other 3 mountains but the weather rolled in and I had to go down.
My first 14er, and then on to the other exciting Mosquito summits
Ring around the cirque. Cold, windy, snowy day made conditions more challenging than normal.
With the snow, this climb was a challenge. It was slick in areas and i'm not used to climbing in the snow. So i was even more happy to make it safely to the top and back down! What awesome views! no haze so it was great!
these mountains were over populated, enough folks to start a small village at the summit of democrat. i still loved this hike, even though there were too many people the day we went i found that most the other hikers we spoke with were over all genuinely into the outdoors and hiking. don't get me wrong there was still the mountains fair share of caffè latte totin tourons to contend with.
Did the standard triple bagger route from Kite Lake. Except I got off the trail early and ended up scrambling up the scree to Democrat. That wore me out! Started at 8 am and summitted Democrat at 9:45 am. (By the way, not to diminish anyone's accomplishments or anything, but Cameron doesn't count as a fourteener!)
Third of 10 fourteeners in 6 days. #11 overall.
I meant to climb Bross, Lincoln, Democrat but the gated jeep road that I thought went up Bross went to the Democrat-Cameron saddle so I just went the other way around. Good weather. 3:52 car to car.
My son, Patrick, and grandson, Shawn, and I climbed all 4 summits, and would have climbed South Bross if it hadn't rained. Had a nice glissade off the summit. Shawn turned back before we started up from the saddle. Almost got run over by a mountain biker as I summited Bross. I wonder if he guessed what I ment when I ignored his wave?