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|2014-06-07||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: Three large snowfields of increasing difficulty hindered our 4x4 drive to the Quartsville Creek Trailhead, but we made it all the way and we think we were the first this year to do so. You definitely need a high clearance 4x4 up this road. The rout has patches of snow covering maybe 10% of the trail to the amphitheater. The Northeast slope up Bross has snow patches that some may prefer to attack with micro spikes (I did not). From the top of Lincoln, there seamed to be a continuous snowfield that lead from nearly the base of the cameron ampitheater to the top of Bross (we did not take this snowfield). Cameron has a nice glissade-able snowpatch on it that the rout boarders. Lincoln‘s east shoulder also has many snow patches and long stretches of the road are snow-covered, but nothing that would warrant even microspikes, in my humble opinion. We didn‘t do Democrat but the upper 800 ft looked like like solid snow.
|2014-06-03||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: I climbed Bross, Cameron and Lincoln from the Quartzville site today. I didn‘t post hole once nor did I put on crampons, microspikes or snowshoes. I was on snow 10-20% of the time but it was absolutely no problem. The only problem was wind from Bross to Lincoln. If you don‘t want to post hole but you still want to get out this is the climb. I highly recommend it. Nelson
|2014-05-02||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: Climbed and "skied" the Russian Coulouir on Mt. Lincoln. The roads are clear to the Quartzville trailhead, but I parked lower and walked up the road to avoid private property issues. Crest road is mostly snow covered with just a few bare spots lower down. I was able to skin into Cameron Amphitheater with no issues on firm morning snow (I departed Quartzville at around 6:30 am), but snowshoes would likely help if you are a skier. The Russian Couloir was in good shape except for the choke in the middle, where the snow was thin and a lot of rocks lurked beneath making it tough to link turns. Up top, the wind (which was really ripping yesterday) had blown in some soft snow and created a pretty big wind lip (not quite a cornice) near the summit. The unstable-looking wind lip kept me out of the steep/narrow entrance, but the snow below the lip skied nicely. The apron down towards the lake was nice, firm corn when I came down at around 11:00 am, but things got a little mushy near Quartzville.
|2014-05-01||Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Info: Used boot crampons looker right of icefall on way up at 9am. Looker left of cabin chutes boot crampons would have been very helpful, turned around there.
|2014-04-19||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: Started on E. Ramp of Lincoln from Quartz Creek. Took forever, disconcerting, lots of rocks and grass. Back to skins on and off from about 12 K. Snow on summit. Could have ridden pretty far Possibly all the way to Lincoln Falls E. We dropped in S. Only one continuous line to the Cameron Ampitheater (12.9 or so) The line is on far skiers right and would have required a butt load of traversing. Down climbed about 300 ft of chose. Went up Cameron‘s E. Bulk. Rode continuously down S. SW. to about 12. 8 traversing towards Democrat. Climbed E. Face. Skinned %90+ of the way. 5-10 cm of snow. decently well bonded to wind melt freeze combo. Gained the E. Ridge topped out, rode ascent route down to 12.5 skinned up Bross West gully. Really good snow til about 14K. Rode out The Dolly and traversed back. Wet Loose activity 20cms on N-NE aspects at TL upon entering TL zones... TR later. I‘m lazy sorry
|2014-04-12||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: Climbed and skied Lincoln from the Quartzville approach through the Cameron Amphitheater. Snow conditions were good overall - we were able to ski (powder!) off the summit and pick a continuous line down the East Slope and back down the old mining road to about 13,100‘ where we had walked down the road for about 100‘. From here, we skied into and down the drainage on the north side of the route (Lincoln side), and with two brief exceptions (5 minutes total walking) we were able to ski all the way back to the Quartzville/Crest intersection. We also skied Cameron‘s East Face - poor coverage on lookers left (towards Bross) but the other side below the Cameron/Lincoln saddle held much more, albeit steeper, snow. Other beta: Democrat‘s standard East Slope route had incredible snow coverage, more than I‘ve ever seen before! I hope to hit one of the routes from Kite Lake in the near future. Quandary‘s Cristo Couloir also looks very well filled and in from the summit.
|2013-11-25||Route: Lincoln Amphitheatre
Info: Road was plowed all the way to the summer TH at Montgomery Reservoir. Made it in an AWD Ford Escape. Walking alongside the reservoir we encountered 4-5 inches of pretty soft snow at around 7:30am. Same in the woods up to the ice falls. We were post-holing pretty bad after the falls and entering the amphitheater as we encountered several 2-3ft drifts of soft powder. It took us 3 hours to get to the entrance of the amphitheater so we turned around. There was just enough snow in the amphitheater to cover most of the small low-lying boulders (maybe 9 inches). Snowshoeing was difficult as we would sink down to the rocks and twist ankles. Microspikes would be good, but make sure you have gaiters on and be prepared to post-hole in between rocks. Conditions looked the same all the way up the amphitheater, can‘t speak for the rest of the route. By the way, this was my first attempt at a snow climb, so I might be missing some knowledge/gear that would have made this climb much easier and time-efficient.
|2013-11-18||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: Again, probably not the greatest picture but with new snow this is taken from flight to Denver to San Diego this morning
|2013-10-26||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: Condition and weather was perfect for this time of year. Very slight wind on the way up and virtually no wind on the summit. There were patches of snow on the way but not enough to warrant micro-spikes nor gaiters.
|2013-10-12||Route: From Kite Lake
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 ;)
|2013-08-27||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: This was quite a pleasant way up Lincoln. One follows a jeep road all the way up to the base of the summit at 14,000, and then a short trail from there. The jeep road seems rarely used, so the gravel is not torn up, but is firm and fine to walk on. I saw no one until I got to the summit, and then greeted several folks making the four-summit loop from Kite Lake.
|2013-04-06||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: Last half mile to 4WD trailhead is impassable due to snow. Other than that half mile, snowshoes were not necessary for the "short‘ route up the east shoulder. I guess things will certainly change with the approaching storm, however.
|2013-03-16||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: My sister and I climbed the Calibron yesterday from the Paris Mill closure - sorry, no pictures since I forgot my camera in the car. It was snowing lightly when we started up the road, and then it stopped as we climbed up the west side of Bross, which is mostly dry. As we approached Lincoln‘s summit, the weather deteriorated quickly into a fierce wind and snowstorm, and we decided to forfeit Democrat as we needed to be back in Denver later in the day. Microspikes were very helpful, but snowshoes weren‘t needed until below the Democrat-Cameron saddle, where there is a lot more snow coverage.
|2013-02-03||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: Did Decalibron yesterday (with Brad adding on S Bross) from Moose Creek via Quartzville. Overall: did not need special equipment beyond trekking poles, though in colder weather or early/late in the day, microspikes might be a good idea. Avy risk is essentially nil with proper choice of route, though only because there‘s not much snow up there right now. Kite Lake Rd was difficult-to-impassable past the usual winter plowing area, even with high-clearance 4WD, and we opted to go up the plowed and mostly-dry road network to the east of the peaks, parking at Moose Creek and hiking up the Quartzville approach. Lincoln: the road up to the Quartzville site had a few areas where post-holing/snowshoeing was pretty much necessary, but above the site, most of the road was dry, or had hard-packed, slightly slick snow. We went up the scree and talus slopes east of the summit, which were pretty dry as well; the last ~200‘ to the summit had far more snow cover, but it was still possible to pick a line to the top staying mostly on rock. Democrat: from the saddle, most of the trail was covered in snow, with patches of especially-hard, slippery snow and ice here and there. It‘s possible to stay on rock most of the way up, and we made it to the top without putting on microspikes (barely). The last 200‘ of uphill involved a lot of frozen-over, slippery snow. Cameron: some snow patches (generally avoidable) and the trails on the N and W sides had some packed snow which was generally safely barebootable. South side was pretty dry. Bross: pretty well dry, any snow is generally avoidable (ditto for S Bross). We descended from near the Bross/Cameron saddle back into the Quartzville drainage, which was also mostly dry and stable. The ridge back toward Moose Creek looked fairly dry as well, with one snow patch near the base that appeared as though it could be skirted on the south.
|2013-01-26||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: Did the DECALIBRON with South Bross add today. Trail conditions are great. No need for snow shoes. Traction devices are pretty much a necessity. I used poles and they helped quite a bit. The trail is hard packed all the way to Democrat. The whole loop is actually easier than traveling in the summer! The snow flattens out the trail and makes it quicker. It was a beautiful day with little or no wind. You could not ask for an easier winter summit. High clearance 2wd cars can make it to within .2 miles of the trail head (4wd will not get you any closer). People who drive Prius‘ have to park 1.2 miles from the trail head.
|2013-01-19||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: Didn‘t need snowshoes or crampons at any point but axe was very helpful, particularly on Democrat. We were able to drive past Paris Mill and get within 1 to 1.5 miles of Kite Lake in a Chevy Tahoe. Traction was the issue, not clearance, and if we had tire chains, we could‘ve made it all the way to the lake.
|2012-12-29||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: Drove to Paris Mill, ~11000‘, in a Honda CRV. The 2.5 mile hike to Kite Lake was largely snow-free, and we stashed our snowshoes at Kite Lake due to overall low snow cover. Bross is mostly bare of snow. Ice axe and gaiters recommended!
Info: Pretty dry. Snowshoes only needed for the 1/2 mile to treeline. Some drifts further up, but can easily be skirted. No need for microspikes or axe (if you bypass the summit snowfield on the dry north side).
|2012-10-21||Route: From Kite Lake
Info: From Kite Lake the trail to the saddle at 13,400 is free of snow (apart from a couple of very small patches). Above about 13,800 there is a little snow on the trail in a few palces. There was enough snow on the side of Cameron that faces Lincoln to glissade down but no more snow until you reach the final ridge to Lincoln where there was a few inches. Beautiful day with spectacular views.
|2012-10-16||Route: From the Quartzville site
Info: The trail was clean from the TH until about 13000...there was some semi packed snow for about 500 ft but really not an issue. No need for any gators/crampons or the like. Took about 4 hours round trip with some serious winds, especially trekking through Cameron‘s Gulch.