Good route. Snow was very thin in platte gulch for this early in the
season. 4x4 road was clear to about 12,000'.
Snow was not consolidated, and was easy to kick steps into, but
looking back, was probably not safe from avalanche yet.
This route was absolutely amazing, and I really do suggest it.
With a high camp in Platte Gulch, all three(four) of the lincoln
group can be climbed in a single day. Descend the saddle between
lincoln and democrat.
Also, watch out, the marmots will eat your stuff.
Summitted, and was most of the way up Cameron when the lightning started heading in, so decended without summiting the other mountains in the group.
Beautiful mountain, great camp site, wonderfully fun hike.
Father /Son trip with my 12 year old. He is better than me. (cj) did all three)
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.
About 10 degrees at the summit with constant 35-40 mph winds. Didn't stay there long. Enjoyed the climb.
After almost ascending it the preceding evening (trying to get some photos of the sunset) I made Democrats summit on a nice July day.
Might as well climb all four.
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.
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.
I thought this was the most interesting of the Lincoln group. Some nice views to be had to the south from the summit.
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.
Nice day. Took a Floridian up his first fourteener today. He did quite well.
Nice little hike, we got snowed on plus the fog was very thick.
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.