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|2015-03-27||Route: "Dolly Varden Gully"
Info: The road from Paris Mill to Mineral Park is mostly snow covered. Only had to click out of skis at two spots. The gully has plenty of snow, skinable the entire way. Patches of windblown snow made for good skiing in between the sastrugi.
|2015-03-21||Route: West Slopes
Info: Bross has little to no snow on the west side.
|2015-03-15||Route: "S Gully"
Info: Here‘s a look at the "S" Gully while we were climbing Democrat today. The snow doesn‘t go to the summit but it‘s not looking too bad.
|2014-11-01||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Did the DeCaLiBron clockwise, as described on this site. Trail mostly clear to Dem-Cam saddle. Spur to Democrat is largely packed-down snow and ice; we used microspikes on way down. Rest of the route is a mix of snow, occasional ice and bare rock. Did not use spikes any more. A pole was useful, esp. for descent from Bross. All this is really just useful through tomorrow, before the next storm buries everything.
|2014-10-18||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Little to no snow. Kite Lake Road up to the trailhead is in good condition as well. Passenger cars will make it almost all the way to the parking lot with the exception of some washout that can be a little tricky if you have a really low car. The last 100ft to the parking lot needed a decent clearance. The trail only had specklings of snow, most could be avoided by just staying to the side of the trial. Aside from a few small bursts of wind, the day was pretty warm and cloud free.
|2014-08-20||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: For those who want to hike Bross and do a full loop, please be careful on the way down (in the direction ->Bross->TH). The trail is unconsolidated with small rocks rocks. if you have knees or back problem or few technical skills don‘t go down on this way. Since it‘s the last part, lots of us are tired and you can easily slip and get hurt. Also, you should watch out below you. People can get hurt with the gravel you moved.
|2014-07-28||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Easy walk up but very loose going down. No snow or ice and very gentle wind.
|2013-10-19||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Brutal. The wind was strong from the beginning at 7am...and all the way up. Took Kite Lake to Democrat to Cameron, skipped out on Lincoln because of the discomfort and complete lack of ANY breaks from the wind. The temp was around 20, but with the 60+ mph gusts, it was WELL BELOW ZERO. From Cameron to Bross did settle SLIGHTLY. Do not be confused, it was still rough, physically pushing me over 3 times...I weigh 120. Not as much snow on the way up, but on the way down, drifts were at 2ft+ in many places and trail was covered with snow most of the way down.
|2013-10-12||Route: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
Info: Gaiters were useful but no traction devices needed yet. Decalibron is in fine shape. Trail is still quite easy to follow. This loop is definitely not in winter conditions yet! Definitely colder than summer, though ;)
|2012-10-21||Route: West Slopes
Info: Hit up Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and lastly Bross, taking the West Slope trail back down to Kite Lake. It was a slow/tough descent as there was snow on some parts of the trail, scree on nearly 3/4 of the trail, and very steep for 1/2 the trail. Looks like an easier ascent than descent, and would recommend starting the 4-peak loop from the Bross side and descending on the Democrat side.
|2012-04-06||Route: "S Gully"
Info: Able to drive to the Paris Mine (about 2.5 miles from CO 9); a snow drift blocks the road beyond that, and no vehicle will make it through. Able to skin from the car all the way to about 14k feet where snow steepens and eventually runs out below the ridge.
|2011-12-17||Route: West Slopes
Info: There is a foot or snow from the parking area to the beginning of the trial up the West slope bu it‘s mostly packed down. The trail up Bross has no snow except in the gully beside the trail.
|2011-01-03||Route: East Slopes from Mineral Park Mine
Info: It was pretty wind blown and bare above treeline. But there is quite a bit of snow in the trees, post holed for the first hundred yards or so, but the snow hardened up after that. Had to turn around at about 12,000 feet due to the wind and cold temps.