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 Peak(s):  Mt. Democrat  -  14,148 feet
 Post Date:  07/15/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/14/2011
 Posted By:  looneydoug

 Democrat - East Ridge   

Camped at Kite Lake, nice area with clean potties! The road up is clear and dry accept for the water running across in a few spot because of the snow melt. But that will not cause any problems getting to the trail head!

Got up and hit the trail by 5 a.m., the runoff was fairly high, so instead of crossing the stream at the normal spot, we went downstream a little and walked across on the snow field.
We probably could have jumped the narrow section, but I had my 13 year old and didn't want to start the morning with wet feet!

My son was feeling sick to his stomach so it was slow going, 7:40 at the saddle, summit of Democrat by 9. Our original plan was to hit all three, but because of the slow assent and not feeling great we went the safe way and just did the one. However, on the bright side we spent more time on top enjoying the perfect weather! Brought a kite to fly off the top but there wasn't enough wind!?! Have you ever heard of that? No wind on top!

Anyway, the trail up was easy to follow in in good shape with the exception of a few small snow fields that crossed the trail above kite lake and above the saddle. The only issue there is that the later in the day you get on that snow the softer it is and more work for you.

Overall a great trip!

 


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